Vaccinations

WHAT VACCINATIONS WILL I NEED TO BE ABLE TO WORK?

In order to work in New South Wales within the public health system, you will need to be vaccinated against the diseases outlined below.

You will need to show you are immune to all the diseases before you can work within a hospital. Prior to your first shift, a copy of your up-to-date vaccination record is sent to the nursing administration office at the hospital for approval. The NSW Health Department is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all patients in healthcare settings and NSW hospitals strongly enforce this program.

It is recommended before you leave your country to organise with your GP or employer a copy of your past vaccinations. This will make the process easier!

You will need to show immunity to the following diseases:

DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS, PERTUSSIS (whooping cough) One documented dose of adult diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis vaccine (dTpa vac – Boostrix Vaccine).
Pre and post vaccination serological testing for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis is not recommended and should not be undertaken.
HEPATITIS B Documented evidence of a completed, age appropriate, course of hepatitis B vaccine and/or documented evidence of anti-HBs > 10mlU/mL; or documented evidence of past hepatitis B infection (anti-HBc).
MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA Born before 1966; or Documented evidence of 2 doses of MMR vaccine at least one month apart; or documented evidence of positive 1gG for measles, mumps and rubella.
TB All persons will need to be screened for TB (to exclude active TB and establish baseline TB status) by local Chest Clinic/Area Health Service Accredited TST Provider. (Mantoux test)
VARICELLA (chicken pox) Personal memory of history of chickenpox; or documentation of physician diagnosed shingles; or documented evidence of a positive varicella 1gG; or documented evidence of age appropriate varicella vaccination.