Update for students | 31 August 2020 | 10.03 am

As always, the health and well-being of students and our staff is top priority. In light of the recent COVID-19 announcements, precautionary measures have been put in place by Queensland Health in order to protect our patients and staff. This means that all staff, patients and visitors in clinical areas of Mater’s South East Queensland facilities (South Brisbane, Redland, Springfield) will be required to wear surgical masks from Tuesday, 25 August 2020 until further notice. 

Students attending Mater Education’s onsite classroom or simulated teaching environments will also be supplied with surgical masks where social distancing cannot be maintained.

A mask will be made available to you as you enter our hospitals and education space and the following recommendations are to be followed when wearing a surgical mask: 

  • Masks should be changed when they become damaged, soiled or wet. 
  • Masks should never be reapplied after they have been removed.
  • Masks should not be left dangling around the neck. 
  • Avoid touching/adjusting the front of the mask while wearing it. 
  • Hand hygiene should be performed upon touching or discarding a used mask.
  • Masks need to be removed for eating and drinking and this is permitted, necessary and safe. It is important to limit the duration that the mask is removed to help minimise any potential risk of exposure. Staff must practice physical distancing when on meal breaks when mask is not in place.
  • Staff must dispose of used masks in waste receptacles as soon as they are removed.

If you’re feeling unwell, have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or have been to locations where a confirmed case of COVID-19 has spent time, please do not attend your placement. If you have any concerns or questions, please speak directly with your educator or the Mater Education team on 1300 070 350.

General COVID-19 updates

Mater Education remains committed to the continuity of teaching and learning during the COVID-19 situation. We are delivering our programs through a combination of online learning via Virtual Learning Environment, cohort collaboration in Microsoft Teams, and on-site training and assessment activities only as needed. Our educators are on-site Monday to Friday and are available to answer any questions.

What we are doing to keep you safe

Mater Education has a COVID-19 plan in place. You will see hand hygiene stations across the campus and antiseptic hand gel in all classrooms and labs. We are asking everyone on campus to practice social distancing when in class and moving between classes. We follow industry best practice hygiene and cleaning procedures of simulation equipment.

Have my classes been changed?

Professional Development and Community Education courses were paused over April, May and June, however most courses will recommence from July 2020. If you were notified of the cancellation of a course you were registered for, you will be notified of the rescheduled date as they become available. 

We remain committed to continuity of teaching and learning for all our Certificate Course students, Diploma of Nursing students and VETiS students. Students have been notified directly if there have been any changes to teaching and learning arrangements. 

Mater Education will be guided by Queensland Government advice, which includes maintaining good social distancing practices in the classroom. You can find out more about the guidelines here.

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

The health and wellbeing of students, classmates and educators is our number one priority. Students who are feeling unwell, have recently returned from overseas or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, have been asked to not attend their class.

What should I do if I’m unable to attend class due to sickness?

If you are unable to attend a class, please notify your educator (via email) that you will absent. If you have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath, please seek medical advice and obtain medical clearance before coming back to class.


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.