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.


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

These include:

Goverment Policies on -

UNSW Medicine Policies on -

  • Allocation of Students to Clinical Environments
  • Allocation of Students to Phase 2 courses
  • Extra-curricular Activities affecting attendance in MBBS Program
  • Health Records and Information Privacy – Guidelines for medical students
  • Immunisation and Blood-borne Viruses:  Overview | Policy
  • Medical Students Fitness to Practise Policy
  • Special Consideration for Illness or Misadventure affecting Assessments
  • Overseas Travel Advice

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.

Attendance at Classes

You are expected to attend all classes and it is to your advantage to do so. UNSW Medicine expects students to attend all scheduled activities.  UNSW has set minimum attendance requirements for each course or term during the three phases of the program which is generally 80%, to allow for illness or misadventure. You are also expected to be punctual for all classes. If you fail to comply with the attendance requirements for a course or term, UNSW Medicine may refuse to allow you to sit the relevant end-of-course or end-of-phase examination. As a result, a Fail will be recorded for the course.

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

Equity and Diversity

The University’s Student Equity and Disabilities Unit (SEADU) provides the following services to students:

  • advice and information on anti-discrimination legislation, policies and practice
  • 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 Unit 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.

Please Note Carefully: Submission to Turnitin has nothing whatsoever to do with the formal process of submitting your assignment or project to eMed Portfolio. Your assignment or project must be submitted to eMed Portfolio by the due date.

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: or

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