Prior to commencing all students are required to have established their infectious or immune status regarding certain viruses, including Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Acceptance of the offer of a place in either the Doctor of Dental Surgery or the Bachelor of Oral Health indicates acceptance of this requirement.
Students should note that exposure-prone procedures are an integral and compulsory part of the course. A student who is positive for certain viruses and is held not able to perform such procedures will not be able to complete the course. For further information, please refer to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Policy on Infectious Diseases.
Students must complete the appropriate declaration and undertaking (Infectious Diseases Declaration) and lodge with the Dental School before commencing the first semester of their course.
First Aid Requirement:
All commencing students must obtain an appropriate First Aid Certificate within the first 4 weeks of Semester 1. Acceptable First Aid certification is:
- St John Ambulance First Aid (Level Two)
- Royal Life Saving Senior First Aid
- Australian Red Cross First Aid (Level Two)
- Australian First Aid (Level Two).
Police Record Checks:
Clinical placements are part of the undergraduate courses and are undertaken at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, other metropolitan hospitals and metropolitan and rural community clinics. Most hospitals and clinical agencies require Police Record Checks for all students, staff and volunteers who will come into contact with children, elderly and vulnerable people.
All commencing students, both local and international, are required to obtain a police check at their own expense prior to enrolment. International students and students who studied outside Australia (including New Zealand) in the year prior to enrolment must obtain a police record check from the country in which they spent that year.
All continuing students must obtain a new police record check annually.
Please read the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences policy and procedures for Police Record Checks. The policy and procedures document including a Student Consent and Release form can be downloaded as a PDF document: Policy and Procedures for Police Record Checks.
Further information on National Police Record Checks can be obtained from http://www.police.vic.gov.au.
Working with Children Checks:
All students new to the Melbourne Dental School are required to obtain a Working with Children Check on or shortly after enrolment. Working with Children checks are valid for 5 Years. Students whose course extends beyond 5 years will be required to obtain a new check.