COVID-19 Update | 11 January 2022

As the COVID-19 activity in Queensland continues to rapidly escalate, Mater Education have decided to make changes to some upcoming courses due to commence in January 2022.

If you have any questions about the below changes or would like to speak to the team about how this impacts you, please get in touch on 1300 070 350.

Diploma of Nursing (Brisbane and Townsville) and Certificate courses (Brisbane)

All face to face classes due to take place from Monday 17 January to Sunday 13 February will be moved to online delivery:

  • Orientation for new Diploma of Nursing students in Brisbane on 17 and 18 January 2022 will now be held online via TEAMs. Details of this orientation and how to join the online session will be emailed to you prior to the day.
  • Orientation for new Diploma of Nursing students in Townsville on 19 and 20 January 2022 will now be held online via TEAMs. Details of this orientation and how to join the online session will be emailed to you prior to the day.
  • Orientation for Certificate III courses in Pathology and Health Services Assistance on 17 and 19 January 2022 will now be held online via TEAMs. Details of this orientation and how to join the online session will be emailed to you prior to the day.
  • All classes due to take place during this time will be moved to online delivery.
  • All simulation sessions will be postponed during this time and re-scheduled for later in the Semester.

All students due to commence in these cohorts in January 2022 have been emailed details on how to access online classes.  

VETiS students

It will now be compulsory for all Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing study in Term 1 2022.

Students who are fully vaccinated and starting study with Mater Education in Term 1 will move to an online delivery until Friday 11 February 2022.

Professional Development and Essential Healthcare Training

There is currently no change to planned Face to Face courses in this space, however it is a requirement as of 1 January 2022 that all participants currently enrolled or planning to enrol in a Professional Development or Essential Healthcare Training course (e.g. First Aid, Mater Mothers’ First Aid for Babies) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What should I do if I feel unwell or have been tested for COVID-19?

The health and wellbeing of students, classmates and educators is our number one priority. If you are feeling unwell, you must stay home and isolate. This includes if you have:

  • visited a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days (please see Queensland Health list of COVID-19 hotspots)
  • arrived from overseas within the last 14 days
  • have tested positive with COVID-19 or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • are a close contact of someone who tested positive with COVID-19
  • are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including: fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Where do I go if I need a COVID-19 test?

If you are required to present for COVID-19 testing, you can find a list of COVID-19 testing centres on the Queensland Health website.

You can also attend the Mater COVID-19 Testing Clinic located on Stanley Street.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your course, please call the Mater Education team on 1300 070 350. You can also continue to monitor the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website for updates on COVID-19 and the effect on education.

You can also stay up to date by monitoring the following channels:

  • For the latest contact tracing updates, lockdown information and travel restrictions, visit the Queensland Health COVID-19 Updates
  • For all staff updates, COVID-19 clinical and PPE resources, and, staff support resources to help look after yourself during this time, visit our Mater COVID-19 Intranet Page
  • For all updates on patient information, visitor restrictions at Mater, and our testing clinics, visit our Mater COVID-19 Website or get notifications by following our Mater Queensland Facebook page