Important Information




All students need to read and be familiar with the information in the Program Guide (available for download above).

The information below provides essential information. Please ensure you have read this information.

Policies and Guidelines

Make sure you familarise yourself with the policies related to you on the UNSW Medicine website at:

These include:

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UNSW Medicine Policies and guidelines on -

Fitness to Practice

UNSW Medicine has established a policy and process to assist students who have, or who may develop physical or mental impairments that are likely to detrimentally affect their physical or mental capacity to practice medicine. Studying to be, and working as a doctor are both physically, psychologically and emotionally demanding. You will be exposed to stress and disease. If you have any concerns about these issues or if you are aware of any reason (such as a chronic illness, a disability or mental illness) or any impairment that might make it difficult for you to gain medical student registration with the Medical Board of Australia or to practice as a doctor after graduating from UNSW, we urge you to speak about these important matters in confidence with UNSW Medicine Student Wellbeing Advisor or the UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services.

As a student of the medical profession, you have duties and responsibilities to yourself, the patients you encounter, the community, and the profession. Early in the program, these issues will be discussed with you, and you should be aware of UNSW Medicine’s Fitness to Practice Policy, which can be found at ‘Current Students=>Policies’ at:

As all students are registered with the Medical Board of Australia, jurisdiction applies with respect to the process of evaluating and assisting impaired students if and when required.  If any student has an impairment that, in the course of clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm, the student is obliged to inform the Medical Board.  Furthermore, UNSW Medicine must notify the Board if it reasonably believes that a student may be impaired and they may be a risk to patient safety.

The predominant aim of UNSW Medicine and the Medical Board is the provision of assistance and remediation for students with the desired outcome being the successful completion of the BMed MD and subsequent successful practise of medicine.

Student Code of Conduct

Students and staff are governed by the normal laws that regulate our daily lives, but in addition the University has its own code of rules and conduct expressed through its policies and procedures. Good conduct and academic honesty are fundamental to the mission of the University as an institution devoted to the pursuit of excellence in scholarship and research, and to the service of society. These principles apply to the whole University community, including students and staff and have been developed over many years. In addition medical students are expected by their colleagues and the public to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and these expectations are outlined in our document Professionalism in Medicine: A Student Code of Conduct and Professionalism Guidelines for Staff. All students should familiarise themselves with this code of conduct, and other policies. Further information is available at: and

Professionalism Reporting Guidelines have been developed, which outlines the procedures for reporting exceptional positive or negative events relating to medical students professionalism.

UNSW Medicine, the University and NSW Health take any form of student misconduct, including bullying, intimidation, sexual and non-sexual harassment, very seriously. The University has policies on equity and diversity, anti-racism and equal opportunity. If any student feels that he or she has been subject to behaviour, from another student(s) or staff member, including staff employed by NSW Health, which would be in breach of any of these policies, it should be reported to the Student Well-being Advisor or Course Convenor or a senior staff member from the Medical Education Student Office (MESO) or an official complaint can be lodged ( Students should be particularly careful with conduct related to social media. Please be aware that what you or your peers may think is “funny or trivial” may be offensive to other students and staff. Even if the post or links are taken down immediately, the offended party can obtain screen shots. If this post has occurred on a UNSW official website or a website linked to UNSW, or the student(s) identify themselves as UNSW students, or it relates to teaching activities, it may breach the UNSW Student Code of Conduct Policy which can result in significant penalties such as suspension from studies (see link –

Students are also required to abide by the codes or regulations of NSW Health and its facilities governing behaviour during clinical placements. ( If a student feels that during a clinical placement they are subject to bullying and harassment, by an employee of NSW Health who is not a conjoint member of UNSW Medicine, the relevant Clinical School Administrator or Clinical Tutor should be notified immediately. Students can also contact confidential and free Employee Assistance Programs which are available in all teaching hospitals. NSW Health takes bullying and harassment of any student or staff member very seriously as outlined in the Policy links:

Attendance at Classes

Attendance and engagement

Attendance and engagement Studies have shown that high attendance correlates with better engagement and success in a course or discipline. By attending, engaging and actively participating in your classes you not only increase your own opportunities for success but you also help build a learning community with other students. Attendance and engagement in teaching activities are a student’s responsibility. Moreover, attendance and engagement are important aspects of professionalism. If you are not able to regularly attend classes you need to consult your relevant Course Convenor or Authority.

You should carefully read your course outlines before courses commence to ensure that you are familiar with any specific attendance requirements. To perform satisfactorily in a course, students must complete all assigned tasks, attend, be punctual and engage in all scheduled small group sessions, and pass the course examination. In Phase 1, students are expected to attend all Scenario Group Sessions, Clinical Skills teaching on campus and at Clinical Schools, all Practical Classes and all small group tutorials. In Phase 2, students should attend all Case Method Tutorials, Case Tutor Sessions, Ethics Tutorials, all Practical Classes and all small group tutorials on campus and at Clinical Schools. In Phase 3, students should attend all Practical Classes, Investigative Medicine and Biomedical Sciences teaching, and all small group tutorials on campus and at Clinical Schools.

If you are unable to attend required sessions you need to inform your relevant Course Authority and if the absence is for medical reasons you will be required to present a medical certificate. If examinations or other forms of assessment have been missed, then you should apply for Special Consideration

Where a significant absence is anticipated during course time (such as conference attendance, important cultural or personal commitments) it is imperative that the student contact the Faculty as soon as possible so that leave of absence can be considered and alternative arrangements for study/assessment put into place. Failure to provide sufficient notice may result in an Unsatisfactory Fail grade for that course.

If a student is absent from any learning activity it is their responsibility to learn the material they missed independently. If a student fails a course they cannot use absences from learning activities, for any reason, as grounds for appeal.

It is your responsibility to frequently check the eMed timetable for assigned classes and any changes. Ignorance of class timetables or changes, which are scheduled in eMed, is not an acceptable excuse for non-attendance.

You can only attend classes to which you are allocated. You may not attend practical or other classes at different times to your timetable. Tutors may ask you to leave if you are not in the correct class.

See also Policy on Extra-curricular Activities affecting attendance in BMed MD Program above document

Equity and Diversity

The successful academic progress and wellbeing of students are paramount priorities for the Medicine program. Students should take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing however, the Faculty and University has a responsibility to support students through health and personal issues and to treat all students fairly and without discrimination. Disability Services at UNSW (formerly known as SEADU) has well-established services that can help students with disabilities or difficult personal circumstances and reasonable adjustments can be instituted to help students study.University’s Disability Services provides the following services to students:

  • assistance with grievance handling under UNSW’s discrimination and harassment grievance procedures
  • disability services
  • support for ACCESS students
  • guest lectures and presentations to students

You can contact the Disability Services at any time to talk confidentially about any issues relating to equity and disability in your study:

Academic Integrity at UNSW

UNSW has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All UNSW staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at UNSW. Plagiarism* at UNSW is defined as using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own.

The UNSW Student Code [] provides a framework for the standard of conduct expected of UNSW students with respect to their academic integrity and behaviour. It outlines the primary obligations of students, and directs staff and students to the Code and related procedures.

In addition, it is important that students understand that it is not permissible to buy essay/writing services from third parties as the use of such services constitutes plagiarism because it involves using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. Nor is it permissible to sell copies of lecture or tutorial notes or give them to a third party, such as a website, as students do not own the rights to this intellectual property.

Where a student breaches the Student Code with respect to academic integrity the University may take disciplinary action under the Student Misconduct Procedure


*Examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement.

Inappropriate paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time, paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own, stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it, offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work. This should not be confused with academic collaboration.

Inappropriate citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

More information on the use of Turnitin.

Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism

You are expected to read the University’s policy on Academic Misconduct (including plagiarism) which are available on the following myUNSW site:

Plagiarism may lead to failure of an assessment and a course and may also lead to a charge of misconduct which could result in exclusion from the University. It is imperative you understand how seriously the Faculty and University view plagiarism. UNSW Medicine will scan all items submitted to the eMed: Portfolio system using a commercial plagiarism engine. Items submitted are also compared to other items already in the system.

UNSW Work Health and Safety Policy

There are many locations in UNSW Medicine, its teaching hospitals and clinical placements, and many activities that you may be involved in during your studies that are potentially dangerous to your health and safety and to the health and safety of others. You should at all times observe the requirements of the UNSW Work Health and Safety Policy is available at:

Support for student Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing is more than mental health. It is a complex combination of many factors that are strongly linked to our happiness and overall life satisfaction. UNSW Medicine is committed to supporting its students to thrive and stay healthy.

There are several ways that you can obtain support for problems related to your studies or personal issues that may impact upon you getting the best out of your time in the Medicine program:

  1. If you are experiencing academic issues, you should contact the relevant course convenor, or if the problem is related to more than one course, contact the phase convenor.
  2. If you would like to discuss taking time off from the course such as program leave or deferral; or to discuss honours requirements you should contact the relevant phase co-ordinator in MESO.

If you are experiencing non-academic concerns that are impacting your ability to meet course requirements, the above members of staff can advise where to access appropriate support services.

  1. The Faculty also has a dedicated wellbeing officer who provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL support for students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The wellbeing officer can assess issues and needs, provide advice and offer assistance in accessing support both on or off campus, including advocacy if needed.

NOTE: Please see the student support flowchart.

Further information about how to contact the wellbeing officer and how to access other support services can is available in the Current Students section on UNSW Medicine website:

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