Welcome to Sonia Online - The Sydney School of Health Sciences (Exercise & Sports Science and Exercise Physiology)
Important Announcement: Sonia will be unavailable from 1pm Thursday 30 July for the rest of that afternoon and the evening. Services will resume again on Friday 31st July.
Log in Issues:
If you encounter any difficulties accessing/logging into SONIA please contact ICT Help Desk on 02 9351 2000.
For All students (ESS and EP):
1. Please ensure that you have uploaded a current CPR certificate onto Sonia
2. Please ensure that you have completed the online Student Declaration Form and clicked Submit.
EP (UG & GEM) students:
1. Are you currently verified by NSW health for the duration of your placement?
2. Check your verification status under the 'Checks' tab and don't forget to double check your Criminal Record Check (CRC) expiry date.
More information about verification can be found at: https://sydney.edu.au/students/clinical-placement-checks-and-clearances.html
Important Privacy Information for students:
The Work Integrated Learning team is sometimes asked to provide additional basic information about you to the placement organisation. We usually only provide your name and your student identification number to placement organisations. The purpose of providing additional information is so that if needed, the placement organisation can contact you for important pre placement communication. You may still be required to present any original compliance documents to the site on the first day of placement.
The additional information WIL may be asked to provide about you to placement organisations is:
- university email address
- mobile phone number
- date of birth
- if you have a current National Police Certificate (National Criminal Record Check)
- information about your vaccination status
- Working with Children Check number or similar information for other states/territories
Some placement organisations may also ask you for your home address. We will not release this information. Unless it is necessary for them to undertake a National Criminal Record Check on you as part of their organisation’s policy, you are not obliged to provide your home address to them. If a ‘home’ address is needed for any other purpose for the placement, you may use the street address of the Faculty, which is: 75 East Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.
FROM THE OFFICE OF CLINICAL EDUCATION
We’ve received a number of queries from education providers about their students getting access to modules on PPE and infection control. HETI has made the following modules publicly available:
While these modules are not mandatory, they provide a good refresher and a bit more detailed information about what precautions need to be taken in a hospital environment during COVID-19. Students are able to complete the module and print off a certificate.
Preparing for your placement: NSW Health requirements
Ensure you have completed mandatory training modules accessed through ‘My Health Learning’ – further information is located here: https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/CCPU/mandatory.html Students will be emailed a Staff Link ID number 13/14-days prior to their first placement, with instructions about how to log on and complete dedicated eLearning patient safety modules. For further information for USYD students contact the Student Verification Unit firstname.lastname@example.org
If students have issues with logging into My Health Learning contact HETI at:
The State Wide Help desk on 1300 28 55 33
Review the information located on this website:
GET PREPARED NOW FOR 2020 INFLUENZA SEASON – NSW Health has advised that the 2020 version of the flu vax will be available from mid-April 2020 – make sure you ask the administering health professional “Is this the 2020 Australian influenza vaccination” – DO NOT accept the 2019 version as that vaccination contained different strains of the influenza virus.
Return evidence of the administration of this year’s flu vax, preferably recorded on your vaccination card, to the CPU along with your student ID number and your file will be updated to note that you have had the 2020 flu vax email@example.com
Once updated in your file, this will negate the need to take evidence continually on day 1 of each subsequent placement. This can be administered at the USYD Medical Centre https://sydney.edu.au/campus-life/health-wellbeing-success/health-services.html
Proof of the current year’s flu vax having been administered must be provided annually.
It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccination to become effective, so the sooner it is administered the better. Influenza season is considered to occur between 1 June to 30 September.
In 2021, you obtain the influenza vaccination for that year and so the process is repeated.
Pictures of ‘receipts’ for the flu vax or photographs of flu vax vials do not constitute evidence of the flu vax actually having been administered. Evidence of Flu vax administered at mass vaccination clinics in public hospitals also needs to be provided to the CPU as those who administer the vaccination will not update this in ClinConnect files as those clinicians will not have access to do so.
Further information regarding vaccinations and provided by NSW Health is located here https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/oasv-FAQ.aspx
One of the most common questions asked:
Do I still need to have the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine if I have already received this year’s Northern Hemisphere vaccine?
Yes. If you are attending a placement or working in a category A high risk position between 1 June and 30 September you will need to have received the current Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine. Strains in the influenza vaccine are updated each year therefore the Southern Hemisphere vaccine will be more current. Additionally the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that immunity from the influenza vaccine can start to reduce after a few months.