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The College of Medicine and Public Health will request that you undergo specific immunisations in order to be able to visit the hospital wards. Some of these immunisations are free for everyone in SA (e.g. Mantoux test) and others are not.

Getting these immunisations in advance is a good idea (booster shots of Hepatitis can take around 7 months to complete!), but not critical if they are not done by the time you start in February. The school will advise you all about it and you'll have ample time to complete them all so long as you get started early on in first year.Details of the Health Screening and Vaccination Schedules required for working in the South Australian Health Services can be found on the Flinders Website. It is recommended that you carefully read the Health Advisory Booklet and complete Form A and Form B (included at the end of the booklet).

The University Health Service (on main campus near the gym) has a bulk billing GP practice on campus that are familiar with the vaccination requirements for Med students.

The immunisation requirements as of 2017 include;

  • Chickenpox - A past history of clinical chickenpox OR presence of IgG to VZV or 2 shots of Varilrix.

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus - At least 3 diphtheria/tetanus toxoid shots, at least one of which was administered aged >10 years.

  • Hepatitis A - If no immunity shown from serological screening then administration of at least 2 dose monovalent Hepatitis A vaccine or 3 dose combination Hepatitis A/B vaccine.

  • Hepatitis B - Results from a recent Hepatitis B serology test including evidence of immunity (Hep B surface antibody >10 IU/ml).

  • Hepatitis C - Results from a recent Hepatitis C antibody test.

  • HIV - Results from a recent HIV antibody test.

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella - At least 2 doses of MMR vaccine.

  • Pertussis (Whooping cough) - Single booster dose (given as dTpa).

  • Poliomyelitis - At least 3 doses of inactivated polio vaccine.

  • Tuberculosis - Via email, your risk factors are determined and you may have to do a Mantoux test (at a location such as RAH) to determine your TB exposure status, and potentially get a BCG vaccine.


All students at Flinders are required to undergo either a National Police Check, Criminal History Screening Check and/or a Working with Children check prior to undertaking any placement. This requirement is now compulsory in most states and territories in Australia and is managed at the state or territory level in accordance with their respective legislation. Details for both the South Australian and Northern Territory campus requirements are outlined in the Criminal History Screening Medical Course Fact Sheet.

These checks may take a month or two to go through, and the school will be happy to answer questions on exactly what is needed, so feel free to email them.

Note: Students with 'relevant' criminal records may not be permitted to undertake their placements and may therefore not be able to complete their course requirements. If any student is concerned that their criminal record may preclude them from placement it is advisable they discuss their concerns with their Course Coordinator.


If you are planning on driving to University you will require a parking permit. Permits can be purchased in person from Connect on main campus, at The Hub. or online. Details including the parking permit form can be found on the University website, and there are permits that cover either just one semester or the whole year. Make sure the permit is always visible.

The best parking spots are Car Park 1 for access to 1st and 2nd year lecture theatres and labs (and main campus). Car park 12, 21 and the overflow parking on the sports oval are good alternatives if car park 1 is full or you want access to the hospital. Checkout the campus map for more options.

Pro tip: The carparks fill up fast, especially early in the semesters, so getting to the carparks before 9am is strongly advised, otherwise the carparks further up main campus have a 10-15+ minute walk to the medical centre.


Don't get concerned about buying textbooks before the start of the course. A good option is to talk to other students from 1st year and above and borrow books from the library until you find what works for you. Also checkout the FMSS Textbook Guide. Upper year students are full of good (and mixed) advice on textbooks, and you'll just have to trust us when we advise you to hold off on dropping large wads of cash on books until after your orientation/first week or two.

Almost all books are available in electronic form (PDF) from peers/upper years/library, and hardcopies can be borrowed from the library. You can buy second hand books from Facebook Markt and new from Co-op Bookstore. Alternatively, many of the books can be found cheaper via BookDepository, which is UK based, but with better prices and often free shipping (2-3 weeks delivery time).

Having said this, I wouldn’t stress too much about books at this stage because everyone uses different books and you are going to have to try out a few different ones before you figure out what suits you.


  • CLINICAL - You will need to wear clinical clothes (business casual)   in the first year for ward visits and standardised patient examinations. It is also advisable to avoid overt jewellery or anything that can hang down over a patient during examinations or pose an infection risk such as necklaces, bangles or ties. You'll see upper years dressed clinically quite often, and that will give you a fairly good idea of the 'medical student' fashion.

  • LAB - You will need to wear laboratory suitable clothes for histology, pathology and anatomy classes as they are held in operational laboratories. You will be asked to leave if you are dressed inappropriately. Specifically you must wear closed shoes.


You don’t really need a Stethoscope in the first semester but you will need it in the second semester. Medshop Australia is a good place to buy stethoscopes, however there are many other retailers online. 

The most popular model around the hospital is the Littmann Classic II S.E closely followed by the more expensive Cardiology III.


There are a number of medical indemnity insurers who sponsor FMSS and offer free insurance for medical students. You will have an opportunity to signup during the FMSS O-Week BBQ and other FMSS events across the course of the first year. Generally, their cover is free throughout your student years, so it's recommended, but they'll give you all the details (they're very nice and they give free merchandise often!).

MD Buddy

Every year FMSS match up each first year student with a second year to act as a mentor. Your Huddy Buddy is a great resource for advice on all manner of topics and will be assigned to you via email in the first couple of weeks.

The committee members of the FMSS are also a great source of advice and assistance with many things, and we're happy to help!


  • Get your student card and parking permit from Connect or online.

  • Get your locker number allocations from the CAU (costs $20 for 3 years).

  • Sign up with the great student groups (FMSS) and like us on Facebook.

  • Join the Flinders Medicine Forum, Year Level and Meme Facebook groups (yes, there is a meme facebook group).

  • Sign up for free insurance during O-Week.

  • Organise your police checks and submit them to the CAU.

  • Read the Health Advisory Booklet, organise your immunisations and submit Form A & B to the CAU.

  • Checkout the FMSS Textbook Guide.

  • Catch up with your MD Buddy.

  • Attend some of the amazing FMSS events including Meet and Greet Night, Quiz Night and MedCamp.