Clinical Placements information

Page Last Updated 04 Jul 2022 12:40pm

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Worker Vaccination Requirements

A healthcare worker is a person (including a volunteer or student) that is employed or engaged as a contractor to perform work at a healthcare setting. Students must therefore comply with the following to attend clinical placement.

TGA approved vaccines

According to Department of Health and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the following COVID-19 vaccines meet the vaccination requirements in Australia:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Pfizer Comirnaty
  • Coronavac (Sinovac)
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India) vaccines
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen
  • Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech, India)
  • BBIBP-CorV (manufactured by Sinopharm, China)
  • Sputnik V (Gamaleya Research Institute)
  • Nuvaxovid (Biocelect on behalf of Novavax).

Monash will accept any of these vaccines with the appropriate proof of vaccination.

Mask Fit Test requirements to support student clinical placements

The Victorian Respiratory Protection Program was introduced by the Victorian Government to support healthcare workers protect themselves against acquiring respiratory illness by minimising the risk of exposure to respiratory hazards. This risk mitigation includes education and training in the correct application of Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE).

Department of Health guidance documents and factsheets can be found:

Mask Fit Video

Fit Testing Induction video developed by Monash OHS team

Singh Thattha technique - pilot project with Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Health Dept has received Royal Melbourne Hospital HREC approval and are currently registering participants in a pilot program.

Impacted placement students can access this pilot program.

Please read the attached information sheets carefully which explain more about the project.

Singh Thattha Technique Basic info sheet

Singh Thatta Detailed info sheet

A set of stringent assessment criteria is applied, including the need to pass 3 consecutive quantitative fit tests and passing skill assessments with the elastic band technique. These assessments will be repeated on three occasions over a 12-month period.

Participants will be provided with a hard copy of their fit test results. Based on the results of the fit test, it is up to the individual organisation(s) that employ(s) them to decide on the suitability of using the Singh Thattha technique whilst undertaking their specific tasks in their unique environment.

Book in for the fit test at RMH 5NW 300 Grattan St, Parkville, 3050 via the following link:

The mandatory 5 minute survey for participants must be completed prior to the fit test using this link:

Directions and parking information will be provided in the booking confirmation email. Parking vouchers will be available to those attending by car, however public transport is strongly encouraged as a parking spot is not guaranteed.

Feel free to call RMH RPP (03 9342 5590) or email with any general questions. Mr Charles Bodas, Occupational Hygienist (0418 171 111) is also available for more detailed discussions.

Dept of Health - Student Clinical Placement Covid-19 Guidance

This guidance applies to all students who undertake clinical placements in Victoria as part of their health course, across both health and aged care practice settings.

Faculty MNHS Mandatory Compliance – upload vaccine evidence to InPlace

Students undertaking a Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences course with clinical or fieldwork placements must demonstrate compliance with police, working with children checks and immunisation requirements.

MNHS compliance webpage:

Upload vaccine and other compliance evidence directly to InPlace.

Log a positive case by Students

  • If you are a Monash student and you test positive to COVID-19, or are identified as a household contact of a person who has tested positive to COVID-19, you are advised to complete this form to notify your chief examiner.

Helpful information

Advice to students about volunteering on clinical placement

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students, including those completing approved course-related clinical placements, is our top priority.

The University is here to support you during your placement. This includes ensuring you are safe, that you feel comfortable and confident in your placement, and that you have the appropriate insurance and indemnity cover in place.

Whilst on clinical placement we strongly discourage you from undertaking activities that are outside the scope of your approved clinical placement. No coercion or pressure, perceived or real, should be placed on you to perform work or activity for any role outside your clinical placement.

If you are concerned about your placement activities or are feeling unsafe, please contact your unit coordinator.

Should you choose to work in a volunteer position outside the scope of your clinical placement, this is a personal decision, and you will not be covered from an insurance or indemnity perspective by the University.

We recommend becoming a registered volunteer of the health service or charity. Before applying for any volunteer positions, please read our volunteering advice