All Queensland Health and some other host organisations require you to be fully immune to Hepatitis B, by completing the course of vaccinations, prior to commencing placement.
For further information regarding the Queensland Health requirements for Hepatitis B immunisations, refer to Queensland Health Hep B Vaccination factsheet (PDF 125KB).
There is also detailed information available at Immunisations Australia.
- How do I become immune to Hepatitis B?
If you haven’t already completed the three dose course of injections for Hepatitis B (or two doses if you had it as an adolescent during school), you will need to visit your GP and request one of the schedules in "How long will it take to become immune?", listed below.
- How long will it take to become immune?
The following three immunisation schedules are the only options approved for Healthcare Workers:
1st Dose 2nd Dose 3rd Dose Serology Notes Day 0 1 month after 1st Dose 6 months after 1st Dose 4-8 weeks after last vaccination This schedule is approved and highly recommended Day 0 1 month after 1st Dose 4 months after 1st Dose 4-8 weeks after last vaccination Approved schedule for healthcare workers Day 0 2 months after 1st Dose 4 months after 1st Dos 4-8 weeks after last vaccination Approved schedule for healthcare workers
- Is there a quicker way to become immune?
No. You may have heard that there are accelerated versions of the immunisation schedule effectively gaining immunity quicker than the versions in the schedule listed above in "How long will it take to become immune?". These are only intended for people who are travelling to countries where Hepatitis B is an epidemic and who have limited time to be able to receive the full course. This will only provide them with temporary immunity and MUST be followed up with another vaccine at 12 months from the first dose for longer lasting immunity. These are in no circumstances acceptable or approved schedules for a Healthcare Worker.
- I think I may have already been immunised
You will need to access a copy of your immunisation history, either through Medicare or the Medical Centre that administered the vaccines. If you had your immunisations at a Queensland school, the Public Health Unit may be able to provide you with your immunisation history. You will need the serology report, taken 4-8 weeks after your final injection to prove that you seroconverted. If you are unable to provide this, you will need to still provide your immunisation history (if possible) plus you will need a booster shot, then a blood test. If you have previously been given the full course of immunisations and seroconverted, the booster will take affect and the serology report will prove your immunity. All documentation including and most importantly your serology report must be uploaded to WILS online*.
*Access to WILS Online with USC username and password only
- I won’t be immune before I start placement
If you don’t have enough time to become immune, you will need to contact your Placement Coordinator and let them know your situation.
- What proof do I need to supply that I am immune?
You will need to upload to WILS online*, proof that you have undergone the full approved course of Hepatitis B immunisation (either a letter from your doctor once you have received all of your injections or your immunisation history) as well as your serology report (from 4-8 weeks after your last injection), stating you are immune. If it is close to your placement date and you have still not uploaded your serology, your Placement Coordinator may request that you upload proof that you have commenced your vaccinations and the course will be completed prior to your placement date.
*Access to WILS Online with USC username and password only
Occupational Therapy students
All first year OT students will need to upload proof that they have commenced their injections prior to their first year placement.
- I’ve not responded to the recommended immunisation schedule (Non-Responder)
All non-responders will need to undergo the following course:
1st Dose 2nd Dose 3rd Dose Serology Booster Serology Extra Dose Extra Dose Serology Day 0 1 month after 1st Dose 6 months after 1st Dose 4-8 weeks after last vaccination Upon verification of negative serology 4-8 weeks after booster Upon verification of negative serology One month later 4-8 weeks after last dose Day 0 1 month 6 months 7 months (if done at 4 weeks) 7 months 8 months (if done at 4 weeks) 8 months 9 months 10 months
All documentation will need to be uploaded to WILS online* (ie immunisation history, all serology reports and proof of boosters and extra doses).
*Access to WILS online with USC username and password only
- I am a conscientious objector and do not wish to be immunised
You are free to make your own choices regarding immunisation but if you cannot provide a serology report, stating you are immune to Hepatitis B (or are a non-responder), Queensland Health will not accept you for placement, without exception.
If you have any further questions please contact your relevant placement office for your study area:
School of Health and Sport Sciences Clinical Placement Office
- Biomedical Science
- Environmental Health Science
- Health Science, Health Promotion and Nutrition
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational Therapy
- Sport and Exercise Science
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +61 7 5456 5823.
Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Placements Office
Nursing and Midwifery students should refer to Hepatitis B immunisation - Nursing and Midwifery.
For all other enquiries contact email@example.com or Tel: +61 7 5456 5005.
Paramedic Science Clinical Coordinator
Paramedic Science students should refer to Hepatitis B immunisation - Paramedic Science.
For all other enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +61 7 5459 4561.
Faculty of Arts, Business and Law Work Integrated Learning Office
Social Work students should contact FABWIL@usc.edu.au or Tel: +61 7 5430 1259.