COVID-19 latest information for students and staff

The COVID-19 vaccination is now available for eligible persons at the SCU Health Clinic Lismore.

To get the COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment via our online booking tool or by calling 02 6626 9131.

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Key Developments

Update 21 September 2021

The NSW Govt has today announced that the Byron, Kempsey and Tweed LGAs will go into lockdown from 5pm today, Tuesday 21 September and will apply to residents of those LGAs and anyone who has been in any of those LGAs since 18 September.

The lockdown will last for seven days and joins the current Lismore LGA lockdown that is due to end on Thursday 23 September but could be extended depending on COVID conditions at the time.

As previously advised, the Lismore campus remains closed to all University students and staff until at least Friday 24 September. 

As with the previous lockdown, the exceptions to the closure will be:

  1. SCU Lismore Health Clinic GPs and Private Practitioners
  2. SCU Lismore Child Care Centre 
  3. EAL and ARL at Lismore
  4. Essential maintenance of organisms (animals, plants cultures etc )
  5. Essential activity already approved.

 All other buildings and services will remain locked from student or staff card access.

The full details of the lockdown restrictions can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions

The QLD Govt has also announced that from 1am Wednesday 22 September, the Byron and Tweed LGAs will become part of the restricted border zone and anyone who resides in or has visited those LGAs will not be able to cross the border to attend the SCU Gold Coast campus.

The full details of the restricted border zone conditions can be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/travelling-to-queensland#restricted-nsw-border-zone


 

Update 9 September 2021

Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11th September, however if an active case occurs in one of those areas, the area will go back into lockdown for a minimum of 14 days.

With the continued uncertainty associated with COVID, coupled with the need for masks to be worn in indoor locations, the considerable number of students and staff who under normal circumstances would cross the NSW/QLD border to study or work, and our desire to provide students and staff which as much certainty as possible, as previously advised the University will remain in a ‘study/work from home’ mode until the end of Session 2, being Friday 1st October for students and staff at the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses, with attendance on campus limited to essential activity only and/or ‘on campus’ activity already approved.

Essential student activity primarily includes practicals and lab work that cannot be done online. For these activities, students will be contacted directly by their faculty. Staff and HDRT students undertaking research that can only be done on Campus need to inform their Associate Dean of Research or Higher Degree Research Director that they will be undertaking such work.

The University Libraries and Student Hubs will be open in a scaled back capacity but we encourage students to engage online with those services where ever possible. 

The following will also be open:

  1. Lismore Health Clinic GP’s and Private Practitioners
  2. Gold Coast Health Clinic
  3. Lismore Child Care Centre
  4. Lismore Gym and Pool
  5. On campus cafe’s EAL and ARL at Lismore
  6. Essential maintenance of organisms (animals, plants cultures etc )
  7. Essential activity already approved

Subject to COVID conditions allowing it, the University expects to return to normal campus activity from Monday 4th October starting with the beginning of the exam period on Tuesday 5th October, O-Week on Monday 25th October and the commencement of Session 3 on Monday 1st November.

A reminder that the following restrictions also continue to  apply in NSW and QLD:

Service NSW app is required to check in and out of our Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses and the Check In Qld app is required to check in at our Gold Coast campuses.

  1. Masks must be worn indoors, including workplaces, across all of NSW. This includes Coffs Harbour and Lismore campuses.

The University has also implemented the following rules in regards to masks.

  • Masks must be worn indoors at all campuses except when you are alone in a room or office.
  • Masks must be worn outdoors when within 1.5m of other individuals, while working in an outdoor area, and when next to food and drink premises such as queuing outside a café.
  • Masks must be worn when travelling for SCU related purposes in a vehicle with other individuals. If travelling alone, a mask does not need to be worn inside the vehicle.
  • Masks can be temporarily removed when eating or drinking. 

Where a face mask cannot be worn, an alternate must be found to ensure the safety of the individual as well as all those around them. All alternate face mask options must be determined following consultation with the Faculty or Head of Work Unit as well as the Workplace Health and Safety team.

This is a University decision to protect the health and safety of all our visitors, students and staff.

We deeply appreciate your efforts to comply with the public health orders and the understanding you have of the University’s desire to keep these important decisions uniform across all campuses, in two very different state jurisdictions. Given how interconnected our campuses are this is necessary for appropriate risk management and clear communication.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested immediately.

Further information regarding the current restrictions across NSW are available here:
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw 

Students and Staff residing in Queensland can find further information here:
https://www.qld.gov.au/health/travelling-to-queensland 

We understand this may be a challenging time for you and your families. Support for students and staff can be accessed through the following links; students and staff (login).  

Thank you for your flexibility as we respond to this situation.

Allan Morris
Vice President, Operations


Research

Advice for researchers and HDR students: Researchers at all campuses need to heed advice regarding new research, and note that their subjects may be impacted by the lockdown.

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Health Students

Update 30 August 2021

Please be advised there are two new NSW public health orders now in place which apply mandatory vaccination requirements for certain workers in health care and aged care.

These are: Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021 and Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order 202 which can be found at Public Health Orders and restrictions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)

Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021

The Order establishes mandatory requirements for health staff and persons working in health settings to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 Vaccine, which means a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The Order requires staff to have received a first dose of a vaccine by 30 September 2021, with a second dose required by 30 November 2021.

The Order applies to

      • in the public sector, persons who work for the NSW Health Service, for a public health organisation, the Health Administration Corporation and Ambulance Service of NSW, as well as staff of the Ministry of Health
      • in the private sector a person who does work in a private health facility, being a private hospital or day procedure centre
      • in the private sector, registered paramedics whose work involves transporting, or assessing whether to transport, persons to and from a public or private health facility.

Work is defined broadly to cover employees, contractors, VMOs, visiting practitioners, volunteers and students undertaking clinical placements.

Students will be required to show evidence of having received a COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the dosage requirement deadlines outlined above.

PEU will be receiving advice about the NSW Health compliance processes that will be applied to students coming on placement in public health facilities in due course. If you have any questions please contact PEU in the first instance on healthplacements@scu.edu.au.

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Julie Jomeen
Dean of Health

It is important to recognise that COVID-19 remains an active concern and consequently the University will continue to take the appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of staff, students and visitors to our campuses.

If you need to contact the University because your situation is affected by COVID-19, please use this dedicated emailSCUAssist@scu.edu.au.