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Dress code

Appearance and personal hygiene should reflect Mater’s professional image.The following are not acceptable:

  • singlets
  • clothing with offensive messages or pictures
  • short skirts or shorts
  • very sheer blouses
  • halter tops or other tops that expose the midriff
  • low-cut tops/blouses that expose cleavage
  • backless dresses.

Shoes

Shoes should be appropriate and meet all necessary workplace health and safety standards (e.g. medium heels, non-slip soles, preferably secured at ankle). When attending vocational placement in clinical areas, shoes must be completely enclosed—no open toe or backless shoes. Thongs and stilettos are not permitted in clinical areas.Students are responsible for their own footwear.

Hair

Hair should be clean and tidy at all times, and worn above the collar when in clinical areas. Men should be cleanly shaven. However, beards and moustaches are acceptable if well groomed and trimmed.

Jewellery

Jewellery should not be excessive or distracting:

  • earrings should be safe and appropriate to the specific work area
  • visible piercing should be restricted to ear lobes
  • tongue-, lip-, nose- and brow-piercing jewellery must be removed during work hours
  • body jewellery must be removed in patient care and clinical service areas.

Tattoos and body art

Visible tattoos are discouraged unless required for religious reasons. Offensive tattoos are not permitted. If they already exist, tattoos must be covered or concealed beneath clothing at all times.

Nails

Nails should be clean and neat. False nails should not be worn in patient care and clinical areas

Personal hygiene

A high standard of personal hygiene should be maintained. It is important to consider the comfort of other students and staff.