There are a range of pre-placement requirements set by the University of Queensland that students may be required to meet prior to the commencement of placements, which include but are not limited to:

In addition to the above UQ requirements, there are additional pre-placement requirements for practical placements that take place within Queensland Health (QH) facilities which include but are not limited to:

Further information on the QH requirements can be found here.

Click here to find out when and how to submit your pre-placement requirements


Student Immunisation Record

You are required to demonstrate immunity to vaccine preventable diseases.   To do this you are required to submit the Student Immunisation Record that has been completed by your registered General Practitioner (GP) to your School. Please see the Immunisations page and HABS Student Immunisation Guide for more information.

Some programs require students to provide evidence of their status with respect to blood-borne transmissible viruses.  Students who have a blood-borne virus may have restrictions placed on their scope of practice, or may not be permitted to undertake the program. 


Blue Card

The Blue Card system determines a person’s eligibility to work with children and is based on past police and disciplinary information.

Your respective School will provide you with a pre-filled application form.  Complete the appropriate sections and return to your School.  This will then be lodged with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General on your behalf.


First Aid and CPR Certificate

You are required to be trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

A First Aid certificate is valid for three (3) years and the CPR component of the course is valid for 12 months.  You are required to renew the CPR component annually.

An advanced two (2) day face-to-face course is recommended. To find a course please check the Australian Government’s My Skills website for a Registered Training Organisation within Australia.


Criminal History Check (Police Certificate)

The only programs that require all students to supply a criminal history check are:

  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing Studies
  • Master of Dietetic Studies

Please note, some placement providers require students to provide a criminal history check and students who are allocated to these placement providers will be required to supply this.

The National Police Check provides you with ‘clearance’, or in some cases, certification of a student’s ‘disclosable history’ based on a search of your name against the criminal history records. A criminal record won't always stop you from going on placement, but some organisations might not permit you to undertake a placement in the facilities.

To apply for a National Police Certificate, you must complete an Application for a Police Check ‘Name Only’ and submit online, along with Proof of Identification (e.g. drivers licence, passport or two other forms of ID bearing your signature). The turnaround time is 3-5 weeks; therefore you are encouraged to start the application process early.

Lived overseas?

You are required to submit a Police Certificate (with English translation) from any country you have lived in during the past 10 years and this must show any charges or convictions. If you are unable to obtain this type of certificate, you will need to fill out a statutory declaration that:

  • Lists any charges and convictions or
  • Confirms there are no charges or convictions


Queensland Health (QH) Requirements

The Queensland Health orientation is designed to ensure that you understand and agree to Queensland Health’s policies and procedures while on placement within their facilities.

You are required to complete the Orientation Checklist, Student Deed Poll and a number of Online Modules prior to commencing a placement within Queensland Health facilities.

The Queensland Health Orientation information can be accessed here

All of the information you need is on the QH website, however the Faculty has developed a guide to assist you with completing these requirements.


Medical Fitness Questionnaire

Also known as Fitness to Undertake Clinical Practice

This is a questionnaire to assess a your medical fitness prior to undertaking a practical placement. You are required to declare to the University if you have an impairment or medical condition that may detrimentally affect your ability to undertake the program, or may place the public at substantial risk of harm.

Having an impairment or medical condition does not automatically prevent you from completing the program.  However, you will be required to meet with a member of academic and/or support staff to determine what (if any) alternate arrangements can be made to support you progression through the program.

The School will provide you with the questionnaire; once read, understood and signed, return the document to your school. 


Confidentiality/Commitment Statement

You will be required to read and sign a statement confirming that you will act ethically and abide by University and placement provider policies and procedures whilst on practical placements. 


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ1: When and how do I submit my paperwork?

Click here to find out when and how to submit your pre-placement requirements.

FAQ2: How long is a Blue Card valid for?

A blue card is valid for 3 years. You will need to renew it once it has expired.

FAQ3: Do I need to refresh my First Aid and CPR training?

Yes, the First Aid certificate is valid for 3 years and the CPR certificate is valid for 12 months. You will need to ensure you have current certificates for the duration of your study.