Faculty of Health

MBBS Orientation

Welcome to Medicine at the University of Tasmania! Please find below important information about commencing study.

Compulsory Units

The two compulsory units that will be studied are CAM101 and CAM102. Please note that there are no optional units in the MBBS Course and there is no credit awarded for previous study in the MBBS.

Orientation Days

All Year 1 MBBS students are required to attend orientation and briefing sessions provided by Medicine Academic Staff. The Tasmanian University Medical Students' Society (TUMSS). Orientation also provides new students with opportunities to meet other medical students and lecturers and be taken on brief tours of the facilities. A detailed overview of the curriculum will also be provided.

Orientation for Domestic students will to be held from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th February, 2017 and a timetable will be available detailing the activities planned over these 3 compulsory days. Video recordings of these orientation sessions are now available. Please note that orientation for International students is slightly longer, beginning on Monday 20th February, 2017.

First Aid Certificate

A current St John Ambulance Workplace 2 - Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent is required by every student. This certificate may be completed before admission to medicine (certificate must be current) or whilst enrolled in CAM101. A copy of your certificate must be presented to the Student Affairs Office, Level 1, Medical Science 1 Building, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart. Students are strongly advised to complete the First Aid Certificate by the beginning of Semester 2, prior to the commencement of the Community Placement Program. Please note that Medicine organises First Aid training for International students (not Domestic students) and you will be contacted regarding this in the first few weeks of Semester 1.


On enrolment students will be allocated a University email address. Medicine uses this email address as its primary form of communication with students. It is very important that emails are checked regularly. Please ensure you only use your University of Tasmania email for all University correspondence.

Safety in Practice Requirements

Please familiarise yourself with the Safety in Practice requirements and complete the following forms:

You only need to have a Health Assessment form completed by your usual GP if you have made a Medical Disclosure by ticking 'yes' to any of the health questions in Section 8 in the Safety in Practice Agreement. Please hand this form into the Student Affairs Office, Level 1, Medical Science 1 Building, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart by the end of week 1 in Semester 1 unless you need to have your GP complete the Health Assessment form, in which case email Jane O'Brien (Jane.OBrien@utas.edu.au) to request extra time.

Instructions regarding how to obtain a National Police Check (pages 37 to 41) are available via the Safety in Practice Requirements link above. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to arrive, so you should apply for one early. National Police Certificates have to be sighted by a staff member of the Student Affairs Team by the end of Semester 1 at the latest.

Mantoux testing is recommended by all year 1 students and is organised by Medicine in conjunction with the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Respiratory Clinic. The RHH patient registration form (PDF 29KB) and the MBBS TB form (PDF 292KB) both need to be completed prior to orientation. They will be collected from each student at orientation on Wednesday February 18th, so please have these ready to pass to the Administrative Officers when they request them. If you have already had a Mantoux test, please provide evidence of this to Student Affairs and a copy will be made for your file. Mantoux testing will be conducted on Friday February 20th, 2015 in the morning and the subsequent follow-up read of the reaction will be conducted Monday February 23rd, 2015.

Clinical Allocation Procedure

The final two years of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course are conducted within the three Clinical Schools: The Hobart Clinical School, the Launceston Clinical School and the Rural Clinical School (located in Burnie). Students will be allocated to any of these three Clinical Schools and should therefore be willing to relocate if directed to do so. Please familiarise yourself with the Clinical School Allocation Procedure (PDF 124KB). Accepting this procedure was part of accepting your offer for the MBBS Program.

Medicine Timetable for CAM101

A detailed timetable for CAM101 will be posted weekly on MyLO from week 1, Semester 1. Note that on occasion lectures or other learning activities have to be rescheduled. You should keep Monday to Friday 8am-5pm available for university learning when scheduling your employment and other activities.

International Students

  • Tasmanian University Medical Students' Society (TUMSS) International Student Guide 2014 (PDF 594KB)
  • Students who gain Permanent Residency status: The Medicine policy is that all full fee paying International students (FFPOS) who obtain permanent resident status (PR) after entry to the MBBS degree program remain as full fee paying students. All students who obtain PR status are, however, guaranteed an intern place.
  • International students and Internship Students (including NZ citizens) who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a Medicare provider number in Australia. If they wish to stay in Australia after graduation, they should make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University.

Please note the following:

  • It is strongly recommended that you have a laptop/computer and a current driver's licence. There will also be a need to travel around Tasmania for placements.
  • Each student needs to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This is done automatically for you. For information about this process please visit the AHPRA website.
  • If you need to ask for assistance please utilise this chart in the first instance.

Tasmanian University Medical Students' Society (TUMSS)

Talent Release Form

Medicine sometimes take photos or video of students on placement or in class for promotional features. Please complete a Talent Release Form (PDF 32KB) and return it to the Student Affairs Office, Level 1, Medical Science 1 Building, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart in the first week of Semester 1.

Further Information

For more information please contact Medicine on +61 3 6226 2678 or email Adminmed@utas.edu.au .

For more information about getting started at UTAS, refer to Ready for Uni.

Useful General Information (PDF 104KB) for new students.

Year 1-3 Student Orientation Handbook