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Health students and the allied health workforce can now join the COVID-19 vaccination workforce

The Victorian Department of Health has partnered with Torrens Health to help recruit COVID-19 vaccination providers.

Eligibility requirements
  • Check you are eligible in the table below.
  • You must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before you can be deployed in the COVID-19 vaccination program workforce. To book in your vaccine call 1800 675 398.
  • You must have a current Police check and a Working With Children Check.
Apply now

Ready to join the vaccination workforce?

Register Now

When you register with Torrens Health, you can provide your availability and location preference. Long-term placements (of 3-6 months) are available.

Eligible staff

You can apply for the COVID-19 vaccination program workforce if you fall into one of these workforce or student groups:

Category Role Workforce
Nursing and paramedic workforce Prepare and administer
  • Registered nurse
  • Enrolled nurse
  • Paramedic
Aboriginal health workforce Prepare and administer
  • Aboriginal health practitioner (under an administration order from a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner to persons authorised by the TGA as eligible to receive the vaccine)
Dental and oral health workforce Prepare and administer
  • Dentist (including dental specialists)
  • Oral health therapist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental therapist
Allied health workforce Prepare and administer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Optometrist
  • Medical radiation practitioner
  • Orthoptist
  • Prosthetist / Orthotist
  • Dietitian
  • Speech pathologist
Pharmacy workforce Prepare and administer
  • Pharmacist
  • Intern pharmacist
Pathology workforce Prepare and administer
  • Pathology collector
Medical, dentistry, oral health, allied health, pharmacy, nursing/midwifery and paramedicine students Prepare and administer
  • Medical student (fourth year and above)
  • Dentistry student (fourth year and above or third year Masters)
  • Oral health student (third year)
  • Physiotherapy student (fourth year or second year Masters, or equivalent)
  • Occupational therapy student (fourth year or second year Masters)
  • Pharmacy student (fourth year)
  • Podiatry student (fourth year)
  • Nursing / midwifery student (second year and above)
  • Paramedicine student (second year and above)
Laboratory science, research and technician workforce Prepare only
  • Medical laboratory scientists and technicians
  • Researcher or scientist with biomedical laboratory/research experience
Medical laboratory science and pharmacy students and dental assistants Prepare only
  • Medical laboratory science student (final year)
  • Pharmacy student (second and third year)
  • Dental assistant (completed Cert III minimum)
Training you will need to complete

You need to complete free online training to administer and/or prepare the COVID-19 vaccine.

During onboarding at a vaccination site, you will need to provide proof you have completed all required training. You will then need to complete practical training and competency assessment at the site.

Online training
Commonwealth COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program Victorian COVID-19 eLearning Competency Training Package Victorian COVID-19 AstraZeneca supplementary eLearning
Practical training
Victorian COVID-19 Clinical Skills and Competencies Certificate
Authorised immunisers X
Paramedics with experience in immunisation not exempt
Strongly recommended X
Emergency authorised workforce and students authorised to prepare and administer
Emergency authorised workforce and students authorised to prepare only X
Including practical training for preparation activities only (Part 1)
Emergency authorised surge workforce and students authorised to prepare and administer
Including practical training (Part 1)
Emergency authorised surge workforce and students authorised to prepare only X
Including practical training for preparation activities only (Part 1)
Supporting administrative, logistics and non-clinical workforce Strongly recommended X X X

COVID-19 Testing Staff Call Out

Are you a Dental Assistant interested in working as a COVID-19 Testing Clinician at designated testing sites?

The Victorian Department of Health has partnered with Torrens Health to help recruit COVID-19 testing staff. If you are a qualified dental assistant and restrictions are impacting your dental practice, please consider working at a COVID-19 testing site during this time.

Work details
  • Short and longer term positions are available.
  • Must have current Police Check and WWCC.
  • You will be provided with training, support, supervision, and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your role.
  • Staff interested in deployment to regional areas not within your local area may be offered accommodation packages.
Can you help?

This is an opportunity to contribute your skills, experience, and expertise to the pandemic response, and assist the people of Victoria to meet the challenge of COVID-19.

To manage the surge workforce, the Department of Health has partnered with Torrens Health, who will conduct all relevant background and qualification checks. As an expression of interest process, the information provided by applicants will assist in identifying people as potentially suitable for further discussions regarding employment opportunities.

You may be contacted to seek further information to determine suitability for employment for a specific position.

To contribute to the workforce surge response, please go to apply now and register your interest. Roles may also be available in supporting our vaccination program.

Training required

A standard site induction will be provided for all clinicians new to the site.

Am online PPE module is to be completed ahead of time (prior to your commencement at a testing site) with PPE donning and doffing to be observed by a clinical supervisor (up to four times) to ensure the correct procedure is undertaken safely.

On-site training will cover undertaking the complete swabbing procedure and also cover current practices, protocols and risks.