USC does not have a University-wide COVID-19 vaccination mandate. However, some USC programs include compulsory placements in settings that, under Queensland or Federal Government directives, require COVID-19 vaccination. This includes (but is not limited to) hospitals and healthcare settings, residential aged care facilities, schools and early childhood centres, disability services, youth detention facilities and corrective facilities.
In order to complete placement and be eligible to graduate, students enrolled in these programs must be up-to-date with regard to COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the Queensland and Federal Governments and host organisation requirements.
The following USC programs include compulsory placements in settings that require COVID-19 vaccination.
- Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Bachelor of Dietetics/Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours)
- Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health and Prosthetics and Orthotics extended majors)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
- Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science
- Diploma in Allied Health Assistance
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - All double degrees
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Primary Education
- Diploma in Education Studies (Early Childhood)
- Diploma in Education Studies (Primary)
- Master of Teaching (Primary)
- Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Nursing Science
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate Entry)
- Bachelor of Paramedicine/Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Social Work, Psychology and Human Services
- Bachelor of Human Services (including all double degrees)
- Bachelor of Social Work (including all double degrees)
- Master of Psychology (Clinical)
- Master of Psychology (Professional)
- Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
In order to complete placement and be eligible to graduate, it is a requirement that all students enrolled in these programs provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The following USC programs include optional placements in settings that require COVID-19 vaccination.
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science Accelerated
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Bachelor of Counselling / Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Nutrition
- Master of Counselling
While vaccination is not currently required for these programs, it is important to know that placement opportunities for unvaccinated students will be limited.
Vaccination requirements for these programs may also be impacted by future government directives.
- If COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for compulsory placements within your program, it will appear in your mandatory checks in Sonia Online.
- To be eligible for placement, you must upload proof of your vaccination to Sonia Online as soon as possible.
- While USC recognises that some students may not be able to be vaccinated or receive a booster dose due to a medical contraindication, currently there are no exemptions provided by State and Federal Governments for students undertaking placements.
- However, if you’re unable to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or to receive a booster dose due to a medical contraindication, or you are currently enrolled in a registered Australian COVID-19 vaccination clinical trial, you’ll need to provide evidence of this to the Fit for Placement Office and organise to speak with a USC Program Adviser to discuss your options.
- If you are unsure about what constitutes appropriate evidence, please contact the Fit for Placement Office on 07 5456 5487 or at FFPO@usc.edu.au to discuss your circumstances.
- It is important to know that providing misleading or false evidence of a vaccination or a vaccination exemption may be considered academic misconduct under USC’s Student Conduct – Governing Policy.
- USC supports your right to make an informed choice regarding COVID-19 vaccination. However, as an education provider, the University does not have the authority to waive the requirements set out by a facility hosting a student for placement, or by the Queensland or Federal Governments.
- If you are enrolled in a program with compulsory placement that requires COVID-19 vaccination, but choose not to be vaccinated or to receive a booster dose, you should organise to speak with a USC Program Adviser to discuss your options.
- The USC Student Charter sets out what students can expect from the University, and what in turn is expected of students. Under the Student Charter, you are expected to respect the safety and wellbeing of others, and to refrain from behaviour that could reasonably be considered unsafe, intimidating, harassing or bullying, or disruptive to other members of the USC community.
- In the context of COVID-19, this means following all advice and directives from USC and Queensland Health. It also means treating your fellow students and USC staff with professionalism and respect.
- USC understands that this is a stressful and uncertain time, and that COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ placements, studies and lives. Staff are doing everything they can to support students, but it is important to understand that many factors, such as government directives and/or regulations, are outside the University’s control.
- Please remember to be kind to yourself and others, and to act with professionalism and respect when liaising with USC staff. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please ensure you take advantage of the support services available to you at USC.