UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Faculty policies and guidelines

All higher degree studies taken by way of research only are under the control of the Academic Board through the Board of the Graduate Research School. These degrees are governed by the Master's Degree by Research Rules and the Doctor of Philosophy Rules. Also refer to the Graduate Research and Scholarship policies and guidelines. The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Higher Degrees Committee administers all postgraduate studies by thesis and coursework, by coursework and dissertation, or by coursework.

  1. Course entry and prerequisites
  2. Fees for postgraduate courses
  3. University Postgraduate Awards (UPAs), Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) and scholarships
  4. Candidature
  5. Progress status
  6. Appeals
  7. Academic conduct
  8. Professional conduct
  9. Infection Control Policy (applicable for MD, DMD and DPM)
  10. Apply First Aid Course Policy (applicable for all courses except Pharmacy)
  11. Clinical and Practicum Placement Policy (applicable for all courses)
  12. National Criminal history Record Check (NCHRC) (applicable for all courses)
  13. Working with Children Check (applicable for all courses)

Course entry and prerequisites

Information and application forms for professional courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences can be found in the postgraduate page.

For further information about the courses contact the Manager (Admissions), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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Fees for postgraduate courses

Refer to tuition fees for postgraduate coursework. Students may be eligible for FEE-HELP from the Commonwealth Government. Further information is provided by Student Administration on the University fees and charges page. Any queries should be directed to the Fees Officer, Student Administration, telephone 6488 8745.

All international students at UWA are required to pay tuition fees for their research and coursework programs. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of the course. Refer to fees for postgraduate coursework degrees for details of course fees.

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University Postgraduate Awards (UPAs), Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) and scholarships

The University and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences provide a number of scholarship opportunities for postgraduate students undertaking research degrees. Students are advised to consult the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office on 6488 2807.

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Candidature

Continued candidature in subsequent years is subject to satisfactory performance in the previous year.

Enrolment should normally be continuous until the course is completed. Any request for leave (for on semester or two) should be made on-line through Student Connect.

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Progress status

Each faculty makes such arrangements as it thinks proper for dealing with students who have failed to make satisfactory progress. Full details of the rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the Student Rules and the Faculty Rules. The University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School) applies.

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Reviews and Appeals

Student Rules 43 and 44 provide for review of assessment outcome, final grade or mark for a unit, progress status and academic decision. Students should refer to Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students.

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Academic conduct

It is important for all students to read the University Policy on: Academic Conduct.

Professional conduct

All students enrolled in professional and postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences are governed by the Faculty’s Professional Behaviour Policy.

Infection Control Policy (applicable for MD, DMD, DPM and Pharmacy)

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) courses in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences must comply with the specific requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements.

These guidelines are based on the Australian Immunisation handbook (10th edition, 2015) and WA Health Operational Directives 0394/12Policy for Health Care Workers Known to be infected with Blood borne viruses and 0388/12Health Care Worker Immunisation Policy.

Once a GP has determined that a prospective student has complied with items 1 to 6 below, they are required to complete the Infection Control Form. This must be submitted to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at enrolment. Failure to produce evidence of compliance with the requirements will preclude a student from commencing clinical placements during the first semester of their course.

The cost of testing and vaccination is met by the student.

The specific requirements are:

1. Hepatitis B

All students must have a blood sample taken to determine hepatitis B immunity. In addition, students enrolling in Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) must have testing undertaken to exclude Hepatitis B infection.

Evidence of immunity to hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is required. Serological testing (a blood test) should be performed by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory. Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) titre of >10 mIU/mL is required.

If HBsAb titre is <10 mIU/mL and there is nil or incomplete documentation of prior vaccination, the student requires completion of a hepatitis B vaccination course prior to undergoing repeat serological testing. Testing should be performed at least four weeks after final vaccination. A student may be undergoing vaccination at the time of enrolment but the Infection Control Officer must be made aware of this. If there is no response to a full course of hepatitis B vaccination the Infection Control Officer must be contacted. Management will be in accordance with the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Students who are known to have HBV infection must discuss this with the Faculty's Infection Control Officer prior to enrolment. Students cannot enrol in the Doctor of Dental Medicine course if infected with a hepatitis B virus. Students in other courses may proceed under the guidance of the Infection Control Officer.

2. Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella

All students must provide evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. Australian Immunisation Handbook 3.3.7 refers.

Acceptable evidence of immunity includes:

  • Documented evidence of a prior full vaccination course, or presence of adequate antibodies on serological testing (measles IgG, mumps IgG, rubella IgG, and varicella IgG). Testing must be performed by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory.

Depending on the evidence produced, primary or booster vaccination may be required. This will be determined by the reviewing GP. Repeat serology following a completed vaccination course is not required.

3. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) status

All students (except Master of Pharmacy), must have a blood sample taken to determine their HIV and HCV status. Testing must be performed by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory.

This guideline is in accordance with current WA Health 0388/12 Health Care Worker Immunisation Policy which reference the Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers known to be infected with Blood-borne Viruses (published by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, February 2012).

Students with hepatitis C or HIV infection planning to study courses other than dentistry will be allowed to enrol. Prior discussion must take place with the Infection Control Officer and, during training, restrictions will be placed on the student regarding Exposure Prone Procedures (EPPs). Further details may be found within the Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers known to be Infected with Blood-borne Viruses.

4. Pertussis

All students must provide documentary evidence of up-to-date immunisation against pertussis (whooping cough).

Immunity against this infection cannot be determined by blood testing. Immunity is assumed if at least one documented dose of vaccine has been received within the last 10 years. If not previously vaccinated, or if vaccination records are incomplete, vaccination will be necessary.

5. Tuberculosis

All students must have a Quantiferon-TB blood test or a Mantoux test (Tuberculin skin test) to determine evidence of past exposure to tuberculosis. If either of these tests are positive, further action is required. The student will be referred to the Anita Clayton Centre (previously Perth Chest Clinic) for review and a chest x-ray performed. A positive test does not preclude a student from enrolling. However, the case must be discussed with the Infection Control Officer. WA Health Policy 6.3 WA TB Control Program refers.

6. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Any student who has been in a hospital or nursing home facility (either working, volunteering, or as a patient) outside Western Australia, in the 12 months prior to starting work in a Western Australian hospital, must have nose, throat and skin lesion swabs taken to determine whether they are carriers of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Work in hospitals cannot be commenced until swabs are shown to be MRSA negative or until eradication treatment is prescribed by the Infection Control Officer for those with positive results). WA Health Operational Directive 0478/13 refers.

7. Influenza

It is recommended that all students receive yearly influenza vaccinations.

Apply First Aid Course Policy (applicable for all courses except Pharmacy)

All students are required to submit proof of completion of the HLTAID003 or HLTFA311A Apply First Aid course prior to commencement of the course.

Any student who demonstrates to the Faculty an inability to gain the Apply First Aid Certificate due to financial difficulties should contact the Manager (Student Affairs).

Clinical and Practicum Placement Policy (applicable for all courses)

Students may be placed in an off-campus metropolitan area or rural location at any time during the course. Acceptance of a place in the medical or dental courses indicates acceptance of any subsequent clinical or practicum placement. Specific details regarding placement are outlined in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Clinical and Practicum Placement Policy. All students enrolled in the Faculty are expected to comply with specific requirements as set out in this policy which is included in the Student Guidebooks.

Any student who has not signed their agreement to the Clinical and Practicum Placement Policy by the end of the tenth week after commencing their course may be prohibited from sitting their examinations, thereby resulting in exclusion from the course.

National Criminal history Record Check (NCHRC) (applicable for all courses)

Students on placement within WA Department of Health sites are required to consent to the screening of any criminal records under the WA Department of Health's Criminal Record Screening Policy. Apply for this check through the WA Department of Health. Once completed a card is issued which MUST be carried at all times when on placement in a WA Health facility.

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 commenced on 1 January 2006. The Act aims to protect children from harm by providing that volunteers (including students on placement), paid and self-employed people who undertake child-related work [as defined in Section 6(1) of the Act] are subject to a compulsory criminal record check by way of an application for an Assessment Notice (WWC Check).

Students must be willing to comply with the requirements of the Working with Children Check.

A successful WWC Check results in a WWC Card which must be presented as requested when working in child-related environments. An unsuccessful WWC Check results in a Negative Notice which prohibits the holder from carrying out child-related work.

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