Placement Policies

Medicine students have opportunities to undertake both short term and long term rural placements across NSW.

Current students can access the Policy on Allocation of Students in the Medicine Program to Clinical Environments here.

Government and Faculty Policies Relating to Placements

All Students should refer to the Faculty of Medicine site for Government Policies affecting all Undergraduate Medicine Students prior to attending rural placements.

Criminal Record Clearance

The New South Wales Department of Health has a policy that all students must undergo a criminal record clearance prior to placement within the NSW Health System. It is the student's responsibility to know their criminal record clearance status. For further information see NSW Health Clinical Placement Information

Students are required to take proof of their clearance (the NSW Department of Health Clearance for Clinical Placements Card you received in first year) when attending all rural placements.

For replacement cards, please complete the Request for Clearance document on the NSW Health website.

For new/expired clearances, complete a new consent form at the Office of the Dean. Please note, it can take up to six weeks to receive a criminal record clearance.

Vaccination History

Students will be required to provide a documented screening and vaccination history which must be made available to the employer (usually the head of infection control at the hospital) prior to the commencement of a rural placement. Please refer to NSW Health Circular 2007_06 (PDF) for further information