NSW Health to utilise student health practitioners to work in vaccination hubs

With the increase demand for COVID -19 vaccinations and the opening up of vaccination hubs across the State, NSW Health will be recruiting students as ‘Vaccination Workers’ to alleviate pressure on the current Health workforce supply across NSW.

The primary role of the Vaccination Worker will be to administer vaccine according to vaccine administration protocol and undertake other associated duties within their skills and capabilities as determined by NSW Health.

Vaccination Workers will be students who have satisfactorily completed the Sydney University Vaccination Administration Training and meet the following threshold criteria:

1.    Dentistry, Medicine, Paramedicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, or Occupational Therapy student who is:

a.    entered on the student register in an approved program of study under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law; AND

b.    is in the final year of fulltime study (or part-time equivalent), or penultimate year of full time-study (or part-time equivalent) where they have undertaken a clinical placement of the relevant qualification

2.    A nursing or midwifery student who is:

a.    currently enrolled in a recognised course leading to registration as a nurse (division 1) or midwife, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; AND

b.    who has completed the first semester of their second year of full-time study (or part time equivalent) at a minimum; AND

c.     has undertaken at least one clinical placement in a hospital, OR

3.    A speech pathology student enrolled in a course accredited by Speech Pathology Australia who is:

a.    in their final year of fulltime study (or part-time equivalent); AND

b.    has undertaken a clinical placement; OR

4.    A nutrition and dietetics student enrolled in a course accredited by Dieticians Australia who is:

a.    in their final year of fulltime study (or part-time equivalent); AND

b.    has undertaken a clinical placement.

If members have any questions about this initiative, they can contact the HSU on 1300 478 679 or info@hsu.asn.au.

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In unity,

Gerard Hayes

Secretary, HSU NSW/ACT/QLD