Information Booklet - Sydney Campus

Location and General Services - Sydney Campus

Student Resources and Contacts

Faculty of Nursing and Health 02 9487 9630
Nurses Residence 02 9487 9333
Chaplain 02 9487 9617

Avondale's Faculty of Nursing and Health is situated on the grounds of the Sydney Adventist Hospital. Located in Wahroonga, near Hornsby in Sydney's north, the "San", as it is more commonly known, is one of Australia's largest and most comprehensive private hospitals. It is a modern acute care facility with all diagnostic and therapeutic services located on-site.


On the Sydney Campus, the Sydney Adventist Hospital (San) provides a residence with single rooms and a shared kitchen with limited cooking facilities. Students must provide their own bed linen and may bring some furniture (including a small fridge.) Accommodation is available all year round. A holding bond will be required. Students must carry their San ID card at all times for access to various buildings. Accommodation on the Sydney Campus can be arranged by contacting the Nurses Residence Manager, Chris Gray, on 02 9487 9330 or by emailing


Access to the cafeteria meals or the cafes at the Sydney Adventist Hospital is available on a pay as you eat basis. There are three cafes on the Sydney campus:
  1. San Cafe/Cafeteria
  2. San Snax
  3. Relish Cafe

A food vending machine is located outside the student common room in the Faculty of Nursing and Health. A refrigerator, sink, microwave and hot and cold drink making facilities are available in the student common room.


A free phone to Lake Macquarie Campus is located next to Rachel Cardwell's Office in the Faculty of Nursing and Health.

Dress & Appearance

Students should be guided by Christian principles of simplicity, modesty and neatness in their choice of clothing for recreation, classes, meals and worship. Students should present a well-kept and tidy appearance with attention given to personal cleanliness and grooming. Casual clothes such as tank-tops or singlets should not be worn in worship services, the library or in situations where more formal dress is required. Foot wear must be worn at all times in the Faculty of Nursing and Health.


Your uniform fitting will take place on the Enrolment and Registration days, and payment for your uniform pack is to be made at that time. Please allow approximately $200.00 for the uniform pack which includes two shirts, one pair of trousers, one pair of protective eye goggles, a Laerdal pocket face mask and an Avondale College lanyard for your ID card (an optional upgrade on the protective eye goggles is available, at extra cost).


Textbooks will be available for purchase. Please allow up to $550.00 for textbooks, and a further $50.00 for laboratory notes and workbooks for the Health Science units. (These can be paid for by cheque, cash or credit card only, EFTPOS is NOT available).

Criminal Record Clearance

All Bachelor of Nursing students require a National Criminal Record Check. Forms will be given out at Enrolment and Registration. Students will need to make an appointment with their closest police station to submit their application and show their identification documents. The cost for this check is $52 (current as of November, 2010) and is paid directly at the time of submission. Three types of identification are required and it is strongly recommended that one type of identification is your Avondale College Student ID card which will be processed and ready to collect on Friday, 4 March. The name on your student ID card must match your photographic ID or you will not be able to commence clinical placement. Identification documents that can be used (of which at least one is photographic ID) include:

Photographic ID (must be current)
Current Passport (Overseas students need to show a current Australian visa also)
Government issued Driver's Licence

Other forms of ID (must be current)
Citizenship Certificate
Birth Certificate
Proof of Age Card (Government issued)
Identification card issued by the Commonwealth, a State or Territory as evidence of entitlement to a financial benefit
Union or Professional Membership Card
Council Rates Notice
Utility Account (eg electricity, gas, water, telephone)
Medicare Card
EFTPOS/Credit/Debit Cards (only one per institution)
Marriage Certificate and/or Change of Name Certificate from Births Deaths and Marriages

Vaccinations and First Aid Certificate

All nursing applicants should have received a "Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers/Students" and a "Vaccination Requirements" information sheet at the time of receiving their letter of offer. If these have been misplaced, please call our toll free number 1800 991 392 or +61 2 1980 2377 to arrange for them to be mailed out to you. Your Vaccination Record Card must be completed by your medical practitioner. Please bring your Vaccination Record Care on enrolment day to be checked.

You will also need to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate by a recognised training body and provide a photocopy of the Certificate to the Clinical Office.

The Vaccination and First Aid requirements need to be completed by the week starting 23 May 2011 to enable enrolment in the Clinical Practice unit in second semester and to attend clinical placements. It is important to start your vaccinations and book to attend Senior First Aid training as soon as you accept your offer in the Bachelor of Nursing.

Security Card

You will need a Sydney Adventist Hospital security card and you will be allocated to a group to be taken to the security office for your ID card photo to be taken. Generally you will be able to collect your card either later that day or the next day. You will be required to show either a driver's licence or passport in order for an ID card to be given to you. Please see Lynette Gillies if you do not have either of these documents.

Clinical Information and Placement

Information sessions are conducted at the beginning of every semester about what to expect on your clinical placement days and any specific instructions on what you should do. Important information about the Avondale College "Clinical Experience Policy" for students will be provided. You can view this policy on Moodle under "Clinical Information."

You are required to adhere to the NSW Health Department vaccination guidelines in order to access clinical practice areas. This may require vaccination for various diseases as required by the NSW Health Department. This information is constantly updated on the Avondale College website, with any updates also posted on Moodle under "Clinical Information."

Draft rosters for placements, when available, can be viewed on Moodle. After registration, finalising of your roster is dependant on you having produced adequate documentation to show appropriate vaccination cover and your Senior First Aid certificate, as well as having a current criminal record check. When finalised, the roster is available on, and can be printed from Moodle.

If you have any questions about your roster or special requests regarding the scheduling of clinical placements then you can see Jenny Bell or Tamera Gosling in the Clinical Office.

Undergraduate Examination dates for Semester 1

The undergraduate examinations for Semester 1 on the Sydney Campus are scheduled for 10-17 (excludes 11-13 June).

For further details go to the Academic Calendar.

Financial Information

Centrelink offers a range of financial assistance to students. For more information, please visit or call 13 2490 (within Australia) or 0800 441 248 (from NZ) or visit a Centrelink office.

HECS-HELP (Commonwealth Supported Students) is available to Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders, New Zealand citizens and holders of a Permanent Visa residing in Australia. This loan is available from the Australian Government to eligible students. Students pay a contribution to their fees while the government funds the remaining amount. The student contribution may be deferred if you are an Australian citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder, and repaid through tax once the minimum threshold amount (appox. $43,150 per annum) is reached/earned or a 20% discount applies for up front payments of $500 or more of the student contribution. New Zealand citizens and holders of Permanent Visas must pay their full student contribution up front. Offers for HECS-HELP are based on academic merit and usually allocated early January.

For more information, please visit

FEE-HELP is available to Australian citizens and holders of Permanent Humanitarian Visas. FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible fee paying students that contributes to part or all tuition fees. For more information, please visit

Living Costs:
A comprehensive list of the living costs for studying in Australia is available on the Avondale website. For more information visit Finance

Austudy/Youth Allowance
Austudy is financial help from the Australian Government offered to full-time students who have Australian residency and are over the age of 25. This is not required to be re-paid.

Youth Allowance is available to full-time students aged 16 - 24 who have Australian residency, and is not required to be re-paid.

To apply for these financial aids, you will need to include a citizenship certificate, passport, Medicare membership, proof of enrolment, bank account balance both in Australia and at home, and proof that $18,525 has been earned since leaving high school to claim independence.

For more information, please visit or call 13 2490 (from Australia) or 0800 441 248 (from NZ).

Public Transport

Public transport operates daily from the hospital to Hornsby and other local areas. This service is provided by the SanLINK bus. Transit services between the hospital and nearby train stations is available. For public transport from the San to nearby Hornsby and train stations go to For train times go to For trips involving a combination of public transport options go to

Health Care Services

Medicare is Australia's government healthcare system that ensures all eligible Australian residents and New Zealanders who are permanent residents in Australia have access to affordable, accessible and high-quality health care.

Membership with Medicare provides access to free treatment as a patient in a public hospital as well as subsidised treatment by medical practitioners including general practitioners, specialists, participating optometrists and/or limited dental procedures.

To apply for Medicare, please download an enrolment form from

Australian Students
All students must be registered with Medicare. Students can apply for Medicare cards independent of their parents and should do so before they arrive at College. All students will need to bring their Medicare card to College.

Students may need to provide proof of their student status when applying for a Medicare card and should keep their Letter of Offer from Avondale College for this purpose.

New Zealand Students
Australian Government regulations deem that New Zealand citizens who come to Australia for the specific purpose of study are eligible for Medicare benefits under the Reciprocal Health Care arrangements applicable to New Zealand citizens. Students from both New Zealand and Ireland are entitled to free treatment in a public hospital but are not entitled to non-hospital benefits.

International Students from Countries outside New Zealand and Australia
The Australian Government requires international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) in order to receive a student visa. International students pay for this upfront together with the rest of the fees. The Enquiry & Enrolment Centre will enrol international students in Medibank Private. Upon arrival at Avondale, students should call at the Enquiry & Enrolment Centre where they will receive a Medibank Private card. The closest Medibank office to the Lake Macquarie Campus is at 2056 Westfield Tuggerah (approx 20 minutes from college). The closest centre to the Sydney campus is at Shop 3106 Westfield Shoppington Cnr Edgeworth David Drive & George Street, Hornsby.

Medibank Private and ACA Health Benefits Fund
For a more comprehensive health care cover, private medical insurance such as Medibank Private is recommended, which offers the benefit of private hospital usage. For information about Medibank Private please visit (International students will be registered for Medibank Private (OSHC) by Avondale)

ACA (Australasian Conference Association) Health Benefit Fund is available to students who are connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and/or associated entities. For more information about this health fund, please visit

Medical Services
Avondale College maintains a small dispensary in each of the residences and liaises very closely with staff at local medical centres.

Australian Students
Ambulance services are not covered by Medicare. Students need to ensure that they are covered for ambulance transport in NSW through membership of a NSW registered fund. This cover is reasonably priced and students can join at any Health Fund office.

International Students with OSHC
OSHC pays 100% of the charge for emergency ambulance transport for the provision of acute medical attention which is required immediately or is of an unforeseen nature, and is provided by a registered medical or paramedical officer. However, benefits for the use of an ambulance (even if offered) for routine journeys, are excluded.

Health Care Cards
The Federal Government will issue Health Care Cards to some students, but there is a means test as part of this application. This entitles the recipient to ambulance cover, dental and optical treatment at a public hospital and to some pharmaceutical benefits. Students should apply at Centrelink for this card, and should first phone Centrelink on 131 021 to ascertain if they are eligible.


Avondale College does not hold insurance cover for student's personal belongings. Students are encouraged to take out private insurance cover with a company of their choice. The college is also not responsible for any items that are left in cars, buildings or on campus, and damage or loss of personal property is the owner's responsibility.

Some insurance companies include:
Budget Direct:

Tax File Number

Students on the Sydney Campus may apply for work at the hospital, but cannot work in the nursing field until after their first year of study. Students interested in working in other areas of the San should contact Human Resources. Visit the website at or phone 02 9487 9230.

Students who wish to take up available work on or off campus must obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) from their local Australian Tax Office before they arrive at Avondale. New Zealand students can obtain a TFN on arrival in Australia.

Sydney Campus students may go to:

Shop 42 Lemon grove
Shopping Centre
441 Victoria Avenue

Students need to take their passport, birth certificate and bank details, and may need to provide other documentation as required by the Tax Office. Overseas students can apply online at once they have commenced classes.


An ATM is located in the San Hospital foyer behind the main lifts next to the Adventist Book Centre and Hairdresser. Banks close to the Sydney Campus (located in Hornsby, Turramurra and Pennant Hills) include Westpac, NAB, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ and St George.

Information for International Students

Avondale is required by law to tell the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship if you
  • Change the course of study for which you are enrolled;
  • Change the duration of your course of study;
  • Breach a visa condition relating to attendance or satisfactory academic performance.

It is important you provide us with your current address by emailing . If we do not have your current address, communications relevant to your student visa may not reach you, resulting in possible cancellation of your visa.

Arriving in Australia
International students may need to plan to arrive in Sydney the Friday before the advertised College check-in dates in order to commence the registration program on time. New international students arriving at Sydney Airport for the first time will be met and transported to Avondale in a College vehicle if flight number, airline, date and time of arrival are provided in advance to our International Office by emailing information can also be sent to the details below.

Enquiry & Enrolment Centre
Avondale College
PO Box 19
Cooranbong NSW 2265
Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Fax: +61 2 4980 2151

International students are entitled to one pick-up on arrival and one departure shuttle to and from the Sydney International airport per year. The cost for this service is included in the Facility Fee


Computer resources and internet access are located within the Faculty of Nursing and Health, library and Nurses Residence, providing equipment for students to study and research.


The Sydney Campus offers a range of social activities, worship, student-staff forums, sports and clubs.

Shopping Trips

Nearby the San is the Westfield Hornsby shopping and cinema complex. It is home to several major retail outlets and many other specialty stores. A small grocery store, chemist, cafe and hairdresser are also located a short walk from the San.

Sporting Facilities

A swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court and cricket pitch are available for use without further cost for those who have paid their facility fee.

Registration & Enrolment

For Lake Macquarie and Sydney Campus nursing students, Registration and Enrolment for Semester 1 2011 will be Monday 28 Feburary. Further details will be mailed to you in January before your arrival.
Last Updated:11th January 2011
Updated By: Brian Greentree