Dress code

Classroom 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.

Simulation lab and clinical placement dress code
When attending a simulation lab or during clinical placement, the provided Mater Education shirt must be worn. Black dress pants with a slim leg, or a black business skirt must also be worn paired with black tights. For safety reasons, pants cannot have a wide leg or flare. Shoes must be completely enclosed. Open toe, backless, thongs or stilettos will not be permitted during these times. 


Shoes should be appropriate and meet all necessary workplace health and safety standards (e.g. medium heels, non-slip soles, preferably secured at ankle). Students are responsible for their own footwear.


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 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 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.