Hepatitis A is a viral disease that affects the liver. People can be infected with hepatitis A if they have direct contact with food, drinks or objects contaminated by the faeces of an infected person.
You can fall ill any time between 15 and 50 days after catching the virus, though many infected people show few or no symptoms.
Immunisation is the best protection against hepatitis A infection and is recommended for health and childcare workers.
Requirements for students
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students undertaking placement are required to have immunity to hepatitis A. Australian serology indicating immunity to hepatitis A must be submitted via Sonia.
If serology is not available, students may submit a vaccine record or written statement from a health practitioner confirming receipt of an age-appropriate course of hepatitis A vaccine. Please note, however, that some placement providers may not accept this as sufficient evidence of immunity.