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Communicable diseases

If your studies include clinical practice, it is a condition of enrolment that you are screened for and vaccinated against contracting many infectious conditions, including:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) clearance is also required if you have been a patient, student or have worked in any hospital or residential care facility outside Western Australia in the 12 months before beginning a placement. Exposure to the infection may also occur in other types of facilities such as
schools or child care facilities in other countries.

As well as offering protection to patients and clients, these requirements support our commitment to take all reasonable steps for the protection of students from dangerous communicable diseases during the period of their enrolment at Curtin.

If you are a carrier of a communicable disease such as Hepatitis B or C, HIV or Tuberculosis and your desired course includes clinical placements you are strongly advised to seek advice from the relevant course coordinator before applying for the course.

Conscientious objection

We are required to advise a health facility if you refuse, on the basis of conscientious objection, to be screened and/or vaccinated against the above conditions. If there is a risk that patient safety may be compromised, you may be refused access to the facility, hindering the completion of your course of study. View Curtin’s Conscientious Objection Policy and Procedures.