• An overview of important procedures at RCH.

    Workplace health and safety

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors.
    Students are expected to:

    • Work safely at all times to protect themselves and those working with them
    • Participate in OHS training, consultation and initiatives to improve health and safety
    • Report all OHS breaches, hazards and incidents, including near misses to their supervisor and assist with actions to reduce and eliminate risks; and
    • Make recommendations for improvement on OHS related matters to their supervisors 
    • Take responsibility for the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of themselves and their colleagues.

    Please refer to the following policies (intranet only):

    Hand hygiene

    Infection control

    The Infection Control team is a shared service between The Royal Children's Hospital and The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne and aims to minimize the risk of infection related to healthcare by providing evidence based preventative and management strategies for infection control.

    Highly Recommended immunisations to be completed by all students prior to the commencement of a clinical placement at The Royal Children's Hospital:

    • Hepatitis B
      Three (3) doses of vaccine and serological evidence of immunity after the third dose.
    • Measles / Mumps / Rubella
      Documented two (2) doses of MMR vaccine for those born after 1965 or a history of disease.
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
      Documented two (2) doses of vaccine or a history of the disease or a positive serology.
      Sero-negative students and staff who have been exposed to an active varicella case should not work in high risk areas between days 8 and 21 following exposure.
    • Diptheria / Tetanus / Pertussis
      Documented dose of 'Boostrix' or 'Adecel' if previously completed a primary course of diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis containing vaccine.  If not previously vaccinated against diphtheria/tetanus then dTpa can be the first dose of a three (3) dose course of ADT.
      Note: If in year 10 from 2004 then dTpa may have already been given as a booster dose.
      Any wound sustained, should be evaluated as to whether or not it is tetanus prone.  In the event of tetanus prone injuries a booster dose of Tetanus vaccine should be given if five (5) or more years have elapsed since the previous tetanus booster.
    • Polio
      Documented primary childhood course.  If not previously vaccinated a course of three (3) doses of IPV should be given.
    • Influenza:
      annual influenza vaccine is highly recommended.
    • TB: mantoux test not required for paediatrics
      Note: Follow up will occur if there is an exposure to an undiagnosed TB patient.

    Optional vaccinations

    • Meningococcal C

    Vaccinations may be obtained from any of the below:

    • University medical centres
    • Personal Doctor

    Emergency procedures

    Please see emergency procedures

    Phone/ paging systems

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