COVID-19 Update 13 September

Information for students on work placements in residential aged care facilities

The Commonwealth Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health have advised that it will be mandatory for residential aged care workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination from 17 September 2021, this includes students undertaking work placements.

If you are undertaking an aged care work placement, you must make preparations now to receive a minimum first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September.

Further information about COVID-19 vaccination is available at the Commonwealth Department of Health and the wa.gov.au websites.

If you have not received your first dose by 17 September 2021, you will be unable to attend an aged care placement arranged by South Regional TAFE. This means you may not be able to complete some units of competency and you may not be able to complete your qualification.

Step 1 – Book your vaccine

Healthcare students preparing for work placement are eligible to access vaccinations under Phase 1b of the vaccination program. Go to VaccinateWA and complete the registration and consent process.

When you come to the eligibility questions, you should choose the following:

Do you work in a critical or high risk industry > Yes

Priority population > Non-WA Health Healthcare Worker

Once you have chosen these options (and any other eligibility criteria that might apply to you) the system will advise you are eligible and will give you the option to book in for an appointment.

GP clinics are now providing some vaccines, and appointments for these can also be booked through the Commonwealth eligibility checker.

Step 2 – Monitor your emails, Sonia and BlackBoard for updates

We will keep you updated with any changes or advice via Sonia, our Clinical Placement Office and teaching departments as soon as information becomes available.

Step 3 –Questions?

We know you may have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at studentservices@srtafe.wa.edu.au.

A member of the placement office and/or teaching team will also discuss this requirement with you in classes over the next couple of weeks.

Important information on COVID-19

We encourage people to visit www.wa.gov.au to find more on the current COVID-19 situation.

Usual physical distancing and hygiene practices will continue, following the Healthy WA guidelines, particularly those around hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are unwell.

If you are unwell, awaiting COVID-19 test results or in self-isolation, please do not attend campus.

Please continue to use the SafeWA app, practise good hygiene and COVID-safe habits.

If you have been to one of the sites outlined on the Healthy WA website and are required to quarantine, please do as instructed by health officials.

Regular campus cleaning continues, with particular attention to high-contact surfaces. Hand sanitiser is also available across campuses in key locations. 

We will update the website and social media as further advice becomes available.