All Western Health employees should know their immunisation history or have evidence of immunity to vaccine preventable diseases. Be regularly tested for TB disease if they work in a high TB exposure risk area, and have received a course of Hepatitis B immunisation, with post-immunisation testing.
Additional Health ClearanceAll Western Health healthcare workers, including students, who perform exposure prone procedures (EPPs), require additional health clearance. Additional health clearance means being non-infectious for:• HIV (antibody negative),• hepatitis B (surface antigen negative or, if positive, e-antigen negative with a viral load of 103 genome equivalents/ml or less); and• hepatitis C (antibody negative or, if positive, negative for hepatitis C RNA).Exposure prone procedures are invasive procedures where there is potential for direct contact between the skin, usually finger or thumb of the healthcare worker, and sharp surgical instruments, needles, or sharp tissues (e.g. fractured bones), spicules of bone or teeth in body cavities or in poorly visualised or confined body sites, including the mouth of the patient.