General health information

UQ Medicine is keen to expose you to a wide range of practical experiences in clinical settings here at home, and overseas. During your training, your safety is our priority, so please check out the following information to ensure your medical education remains safe and incident free.

Please note, immunisations and Blue Card registration are requirements of entry to the MD Program. Please refer to the Program Rules and Getting started pages for more information. 

1. Immunisations. You are required to be immunised as a requirement of entry into the MD Program. You may require additional immunisations if you are travelling overseas for placements, please refer to the Travel section below for more information.

More information on Immunisation Requirements: 

2.Contaminated Sharps Injuries: UQ Medicine has a post-contaminated sharps injury procedure which must be followed in the event of staff, visitors or students sustaining a contaminated sharps injury. The procedure incorporates a risk assessment of the injury to ensure that the exposed person is suitably treated, counselled and tested to minimise the effect of the potential exposure to contaminated products. 

3. Peer Physical Examination Guidelines: During Orientation Week in Year 1, you will attend an Introduction to Clinical Skills lecture where you will receive a copy of the Peer Physical Examination Guidelines.

Blue Card

The MD Program Rules require students to have a current blue card.

More information on blue card requirements.

Travel considerations

If you are planning to undertake an elective or placement overseas, you need to consider the following before you travel:

1. Consult a travel medical expert: this is particularly important if travelling to a developing country. Visit the UQ Health Service or your preferred private practice. In particular check the following:

  • UQ Health Service can provide Yellow Fever vaccinations but cannot provide Mantoux testing with BCG immunisation.
  • Check what immunisations you require prior to travel: Immunisation protection may require your first injection up to two months prior to leaving Australia. In particular, be aware that many overseas centres will expose clinical students to Tuberculosis (TB). Students planning to work in such circumstances must have Mantoux testing, with BCG vaccination if negative, before leaving. 
  • Check if malaria is prevalent in your area of travel: Seek advice about the most appropriate prophylaxis, especially if you are travelling to or working in a Chloroquine-resistant area.  Currently, Doxycycline (100 mg/day) will protect you against Chloroquine-resistant strains in all countries of the world; but some 5% of individuals have unacceptable side-effects from this regimen.  Experienced medical advice is imperative in this context. If you have been exposed to malaria, you may need a curative course of Primaquine and/or Chloroquine and/or Quinine, on your return to Australia.  This in turn requires prior genetic testing for G6PD deficiency.  Prior professional advice before travelling or working in a malarious region is essential. 
  • Risk of HIV, hepatitis and other blood borne viruses: if you are undertaking an elective in a region or countries where there is no immediate access to anti-viral prophylactic drug therapy, you must travel with a "Starter Pack" of two anti-viral drugs.  These are supplied on prescription, after counselling, by Queensland Health.  Students are required to purchase an individual personal starter pack, the cost of which is approximately $171.  Approval will not be given for clinical apprenticeships in circumstances where anti-viral therapy is not available under emergency circumstances, unless a pre-elective counselling session has been attended and a starter pack has been purchased. Students should get a referral from Student Health Services or a GP.  The referral should be written and faxed to the relevant numbers as follows:
    • Infectious Diseases Department PAH - South Health Centre Referral Hub (Phone 1300 364 155, Fax 1300 364 248)
    • Infectious Diseases Department RBWH - Metro North Central Patient Intake (Phone 1300 364 938, Fax 1300 364 952)
    • Alternatively you may book an appointment with Dr Deb Mills www.thetraveldoctor.com.au.
  • Please note: UQ Health Service can provide Yellow Fever vaccinations. The University Health service does not provide Mantoux testing for TB. This screening test can be arranged by contacting Metro South Clinical TB Service. The University Health Service can as an alternative to Mantoux screening, arrange a Quantiferon TB Gold assay blood test but this will incur a cost.  

2. Visit the Australian Government's Smart Traveller site: this will ensure you understand the risks associated with travel in the country of your choice. Some parts of Central Africa, Papua New Guinea, and the Middle East are currently dangerous for travel and for work. Our students have been victims of assaults and murders in countries around the world. Road trauma and interpersonal violence also pose significant risks to travellers. The need for prudent behaviour, personal safety and security is crucially important.

3. Travel Insurance: Once approval is given for you to undertake an elective outside Queensland, UQ will cover you with conditional personal and professional indemnity insurance. Please refer to the Travel Insurance section below for more information. Note: The University will not be responsible for your personal private health insurance or failed travel arrangements of any type. UQ Medicine recommends you seek coverage for your personal or private health insurance and for travel insurance for travel outside of the elective dates. The University of Queensland has Medical Malpractice Protection in place subject to certain terms and conditions. 

4. Register your next of kin: Please ensure you have registered your current address, and at least one telephone contact number, on mySI-net.  This is also essential for any next of kin contacts which UQ Medicine may require in an emergency situation whilst you are undertaking your elective program.

5. Embassy contacts: Please research and print the details of the nearest Australian Consulate/Embassy before you leave at www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/

Travel insurance

The University of Queensland carries a Business Travel Policy which covers students of the University who are on approved placements. This covers any approved trip exceeding 60 kms (37 miles) from the traveler's normal place of residence. Coverage shall apply only while the student is engaged in a trip taken for academic purposes (subject to terms, conditions, exclusions, and limitations as specified in the policy wordings).

In order to be covered by The University of Queensland's Travel Insurance, students must submit the travel details by completing the online Travel Insurance Form.

Students are responsible for submitting all travel details by completing the online Travel Insurance Form eight (8) weeks prior to travelling.

More information:

Insurance Travel form

Important contacts

1. Local Emergency Numbers: Make note of the local emergency number of the country in which you will be undertaking your elective. Visit www.emergencynumbers.org.

2. AIG Assist (UQ Travel Insurance): T: +61 2 8907 5995 (reverse charge call from anywhere in the world)
Advise that you are covered under The University of Queensland Student Travel Insurance Policy number 01PP529201. A copy of the policy is available here.

3University of Queensland Security (after office hours): T: +61 7 3365 3333

4. Australian Embassy: Visit www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/
Please research and print the details of the nearest Australian Consulate/Embassy before you leave.

5. 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre: Australia (local call cost):  1300 555 135 
Overseas:+61 2 6261 3305

6. Lifeline 24 Hour Counselling: T: 13 11 14