As of 1 January 2018, many kindergarten and day care centres have implemented a new policy requiring all staff, including pre-service teachers, who make contact with children to have current immunisations for measles, mumps and rubella (also known as MMR) and whooping cough (also known as pertussis).
Immunisations are the safest and most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Students in Early Years and Early Years & Primary courses are required to verify their evidence of having these immunisations; in order to protect the children that they will be working with from these diseases; as well as protecting themselves from being infected by the children.
What do students need to do now?
- Make an appointment with Monash University Health Services by calling (03) 9905 3175 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know you are from the education faculty and that you need immunisation. Alternatively, you can visit your own GP.
- If you have any previous records for the MMR and Whooping Cough vaccines bring these to your appointment. Your GP will advise you on which immunisations or boosters you will need to meet the placement requirements.
- Once you have received your required immunisations or boosters, the GP will need to complete, sign and stamp the immunisation compliance form.
- Scan and upload your completed form to InPlace for the Professional Experience Office to review.
Students are required to begin this process before 15 March 2018 as appointments at University Health Services may fill up and some immunisations need to be administered 28 days apart. This will allow enough time for students to complete this requirement before their placement commences.