To assist health students to understand how COVID-19 is impacting placements and their vaccination requirements, the Australian Government Department of Health hosted and recorded an information session on Thursday, 12 August 2021.

The webinar is a great source of information around Government advice and restrictions that impact health students nationwide.

Watch the webinar recording

The webinar was given by:

  • Commonwealth’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM
  • Chief Allied Health Officer, Dr Anne-Marie Boxall
  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Steph Davis.

The key points discussed included:

  • Health students and pregnant women are priority groups to receive a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Health students should check their eligibility and book an appointment
  • Responsibilities of health professionals and practitioners:
    • Being familiar with evidence for evidence-based practice.
    • COVID-19 vaccination will be required for working in Residential Aged Care from 16 September 2021
  • Mandating vaccination is not new in health care and COVID-19 vaccination is likely to become an annual requirement
  • If health students choose not to be vaccinated, this could make it difficult to find facilities for completing their placements
  • The Government is trying to keep as many placements going as possible, but everyone must do their part in ensuring their own and others safety.

Griffith University will continue to do what we can to support our health students to complete placements and access vaccinations through our partners where possible.

Please check the Queensland Health Clinical Placements web page for the latest updates on restrictions impacting your placements.

Additional updates will also be provided through the Fit For Professional Practice Learning@Griffith site.