Step 4 - Check for Special Requirements

Special requirements

Some courses have special requirements where work placements or professional/clinical experience are part of the course structure. There are special requirements associated with these activities. Select the course category below for details related to your course. If this does not apply to you, click continue to move to the next step.


Counselling & Psychology


Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Students enrolled in Counselling & Psychology courses are required to comply with the working with children legislation requirements for New South Wales as well as the State/Country in which their placement occurs.

You will need to apply for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) online through the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

Fact sheets and resources – NSW and other states and territories

Please allow four (4) weeks from the date you complete the proof of identity requirement to receive your results. If you are cleared, you will receive a notification from the Office of the Children's Guardian that includes your WWC number. Once received, email your WWC number to the Counselling Strand Convenor, Paul Bogacs paul.bogacs@avondale.edu.au, prior to the commencement of classes.

Cross-institutional Study

As part of your course pattern of study, you will be required to take Cross-institutional study through the University of New England (UNE). You will need to complete the Home Provider Endorsement Form and return it to admissions@avondale.edu.au as soon as possible.

  • Home Provider Name: Avondale College of Higher Education
  • Title of current program towards which credit will be granted: the course title (the course you are enrolling in at Avondale)
  • The UNE unit/s to count towards your current program: i.e. Semester 1: PSYC101 – Introduction to Psychology I

The office of the Avondale Academic Registrar will complete your form, giving you approval for study with UNE, and send it back to you ready to upload with your UNE online application.

To complete your UNE application, refer to UNEs Online Admission and complete the following prompts:
  1. Go to the Online Application Portal
  2. Click on ‘Create Account’
  3. Complete the UNE Account Registration Form
  4. Select a residency type
  5. Select the type of course you want to study: Cross-Institutional
  6. Select the commencement period you would like to apply for
  7. Click on ‘Apply Now’
  8. Click on ‘Unit Choices’
  9. Select the level of study: Undergraduate
  10. Select how you would like to study: Part-time
  11. Select an attendance mode: Online
  12. Select your preferred fee option: Full fee
  13. Enter in the unit ID of the course you wish to enrol in at UNE - e.g. PSYC101
  14. Add to the relevant Trimester
  15. Upload documents - this is where you will need to upload your completed and signed Home Provider Form. You will also be required to upload your most recent academic record/transcript.
  16. In the ‘Additional Notes' section, state that you are applying from Avondale College of Higher Education.
  17. Click on ‘Save’

If you require help completing your application, please contact UNE on 1800 818 865.

Note: upon successful completion of the unit/s at UNE, it is the student's responsibility to obtain an official transcript with the grade(s) for cross-institutional study. This transcript must be supplied to Avondale’s Academic Office no later than the published deadline for grade upload for prospective graduates prior to your graduation, and earlier if possible so that the advanced standing can be officially recorded.

Education


Working with Children Check(WWCC)

Students enrolled in Education courses are required to comply with the working with children legislation requirements for New South Wales as well as the State/Country in which their placement occurs.

It is important for students to be aware of the following:
  1. Students who are enrolled in any four-year Education degree and who will be completing their teaching course on-campus, will need to have obtained a WWCC no later than the end of their first year at Avondale College of Higher Education.
  2. Students enrolled in a Master of Teaching degree will need to obtain a WWCC before the start of their first semester of study.
  3. All students will need to individually obtain a WWCC (or equivalent) in any state or territory in which they intend to complete a professional placement. This needs to be obtained in advance of going on professional placement. Students are not permitted to commence a professional placement until they are cleared.

You will need to apply for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) online through the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

Fact sheets and resources – NSW and other states and territories

Please allow four (4) weeks from the date you complete the proof of identity requirement to receive your results. If you are cleared, you will receive a notification from the Office of the Children's Guardian that includes your WWC number. Once received, email your WWC number to the Professional Experience Placement Officer - edu.placements@avondale.edu.au

Child Protection Awareness Training

All students enrolled in Education courses are required to complete Child protection awareness training, a self-paced online e-learning course through the NSW Department of Education. Once completed, scan and email evidence of completion to the Professional Experience Placement Officer - edu.placements@avondale.edu.au

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training

The NSW Department of Education requires that all education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they undertake any professional experience. Students must comply, regardless of whether or not they plan to undertake placements in NSW schools.

Students enrolled in:

Please ensure you print your certificate on completing the course(s) and scan and email your certificate to the Professional Experience Placement Officer - edu.placements@avondale.edu.au

Note: these requirements are subject to change. Students must keep abreast of Education and Care national law and regulations.

Fitness for Teaching

Teaching is a demanding career and there are both legal and Avondale College of Higher Education requirements that need to be met by every student enrolled in an Education Course. At any stage of the course, you may be asked to provide medical proof of fitness for teaching, if the need arises.

The requirements are:
  • Demonstrate sound cognitive, mental, emotional and physical health, and be able to cope with the varying demands of classroom situations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to cope with stressful situations in a calm and rational manner;
  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain duty of care regarding students at the placement school, including relating to students in an age appropriate and professional manner;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to interact in a positive manner with students of diverse cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds;
  • Demonstrate the ability to model appropriate literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom.

Pre-service teachers who feel they may have a condition that prevents them from meeting any of the above requirements that demonstrate fitness for teaching should contact the Equity & Disability Officer on +61 2 4980 2118 to discuss the matter before enrolling in an Education course.

Music


Students applying to study Music at Avondale will need to successfully audition and complete music proficiency tests before being accepted into the program. Details on the audition and evaluation process are available here.

Nursing


Clinical Placements

Clinical placements commence in Semester two (2) for first year Bachelor of Nursing students, provided students successfully complete pre-requisite Level 1 units. All allocated clinical placements are mandatory with 100% attendance required.

Students are expected to attend clinical placements on rotating shifts (morning, afternoon and night) and are responsible for travelling to and from placement sites. Although the majority of clinical placement sites are within the Sydney basin and Hunter New England Local Health District, some rural and remote placements may be utilised.

Student Clearances for Clinical Placements

NSW Health requires that all students enrolled in courses that involve clinical placements in NSW Public Health Facilities must comply with NSW Health policies. Clinical placements in NSW Health are governed by the Clinical Placements in NSW Health Policy Directive and the Guidelines for Clinical Placements in NSW Health. Any fees relating to the completion of these requirements must be met by students.

IMPORTANT: Now is the time to prepare for clinical placement. Several requirements will need to be satisfied prior to commencing the course with some vaccinations taking months to complete. It is your responsibility to read, understand and action the requirements well in advance of commencing your studies.

For more information about clinical placement requirements for students, refer to the NSW Health Student Clinical Placement Checklist and student verification videos:
http://intranet.heti.nsw.gov.au/ClinicalPlacements/StudentCompliance/Studentverificationvideos/

If you are studying part-time, please contact the Clinical Placement Officer on +61 2 9480 3626 or by emailing clinicaloffice@avondale.edu.au to discuss your individual requirements.

National Criminal Record Check (NCRC)

All students must obtain a National Police Check Certificate that is specifically recognised by NSW Health (i.e. must be obtained through the Australian Police Force or a CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agency). For overseas students and/or students with a criminal disclosure, there are additional requirements. For more information, refer to the FAQs for NCRC requirements for students undertaking clinical placements.

NSW Health Policy: Employment Checks - Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks
NSW National Police Check Online: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/criminal_history_check

National Police Check Online: https://www.nationalcrimecheck.com.au/

For a list of CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agencies, visit the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission: https://www.acic.gov.au/our-services/national-police-checks

Immunisation

All students must demonstrate acceptable evidence of protection against specified infectious diseases. All evidence of protection must be provided on a NSW Health Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students.

NSW Health Policy: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases

In Category A clinical settings – e.g. oncology or high dependency wards, evidence of flu vaccination is required (during the flu season) to ensure the risk to vulnerable patients is reduced.

Students must co-operate with the requirements of NSW Health. It should be noted that non-participation in the vaccination and screening program may increase a student’s risk of contracting a disease through exposure to affected patients in the clinical area. It will also lead to the refusal of a NSW Health and/or private health placement site from accepting a student for a clinical placement. Avondale College of Higher Education is not responsible for the student not being able to meet or complete course requirements in the usual manner resulting from non-participation in assessment, screening and vaccination.

If you refuse to participate, it is most important that you discuss the matter with the Faculty Dean prior to enrolment. Current advice indicates there are no clinical opportunities for non-compliant students and employment as a Registered Nurse at the completion of your course may be very restricted, if allowed at all.

Phone Nursing Reception on +61 2 9480 3627 to make an appointment with the Dean and/or the Head of Discipline (Nursing).

Phone Clinical Reception on +61 2 9480 3626 to contact the Clinical Placement Coordinator.

Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students

Nursing students will be supplied with a NSW Health Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students during orientation or by visiting the Admissions Office. When all vaccination requirements have been met, NSW Health will issue you with a NSW Health Compliance Certificate.

Note: vaccination record cards must be completed by a medical practitioner (i.e. doctor/nurse immuniser) with each entry to be certified by the vaccination provider (i.e. clinic/practice stamp, full name and signature).

First Aid Certificate

You will need to complete, or have, a First Aid or Senior First Aid Certificate by a recognised training body. Your certificate must be current and valid for the entirety of your enrolment in first-year units of study.

Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) offers a one-day Provide First Aid course. If you are a new nursing student and would like to complete the course offered by the SAN, call +61 2 9487 9207 to make a booking. Mention you are a nursing student at Avondale College to receive a discount.

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

This is a mandatory requirement for students at the request of clinical placement sites.

You will need to apply for a volunteer Working With Children Check (WWCC) online through the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

Fact sheets and resources – NSW and other states and territories

Please allow a minimum four (4) weeks from the date you complete the proof of identity requirement to receive your results. If you are cleared, you will receive notification from the Office of the Children's Guardian that includes your WWC number.

Orientation

During orientation*, you must present the following documentation:
  • Australian National Police Check Certificate
  • Vaccination Record Card** for Health Care Workers and Students with evidence of protection (i.e. serology reports)
  • First Aid or Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Other documents as outlined in NSW Health policies

* Students on Sydney campus will have their vaccination record card checked during orientation day. Students on Lake Macquarie campus will have their vaccination record card checked within the first two (2) weeks of semester commencing.

**You must show your vaccination record card whether it is complete or in progress.

NSW Health Compulsory Compliance Day

Staff from NSW Health will be on-campus to verify and record the compliance of students in ClinConnect (a web-based application for managing clinical placements) prior to the commencement of their first clinical placement. NSW Health Compulsory Compliance Day will be included in the semester timetables.

Students must complete the mandatory requirements: Clinical Placement Checklist
  1. Criminal Record Checks
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Immunisation

Note: for a breakdown of what is required along with links to the forms you are required to complete and submit on the day: http://intranet.heti.nsw.gov.au/ClinicalPlacements/StudentCompliance/

Uniforms

At the commencement of the semester, students are required to purchase an Avondale College of Higher Education nursing uniform. Your uniform must be worn during all laboratory sessions and while on clinical placement. The uniform consists of a chambray shirt with the Avondale College logo, blue uniform trousers or skirt, and enclosed black leather shoes. Students are required to have their hair off their face and collar. Only wedding rings (without stones) and one set of stud earrings is acceptable. No false nails or nail polish is allowed within clinical areas; nails must be kept trimmed. Students will be informed regarding purchase of uniforms at the beginning of semester one (1).


arrow_grey Continue