Population Health, including immunisation, is a key priority area of SEMPHN. The following is a quick-reference guide for GPs and Practice Nurses on frequently-used immunisation topics, guidelines, tips and support.
- Victorian Government Immunisation service (DHHS)
- The Immunisation Schedule Victoria (July 2020)
- Vaccine Order Forms (DHHS)
- Cold Chain Management (DHHS)
- No Jab, No Play (DHHS)
- No Jab, No Pay (MVEC)
- Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC)
- Royal Children’s Hospital Immunisation Service (MVEC)
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
- Immunisation Coalition
- AusVax Safety
- Immunisation Policy and Governance (DHHS)
- Victorian – SAFEVIC (now known as Adverse Events Following Immunisation Clinical Assessment Network AEFI-CAN)
- Immunisation In-Language (Health Translations)
- Victorian Pharmacists Vaccination Guidelines (DHHS)
Australian Immunisation Handbook
The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases
- Fundamentals of Vaccination
- Vaccination for Special Groups
- Preparing for Vaccination
- Administration of Vaccines
- Documenting vaccines and managing adverse events
These resources can help plan a catch-up schedule:
- Online Catch-Up Calculator
- Table. Minimum acceptable dose intervals for children <10 years of age
- Catch-up worksheet for children <10 years of age for National Immunisation Program vaccines
- World Health Organization online list of overseas immunisation schedules
- Catch-Up Immunisations in Refugees
- Table. Minimum acceptable age for the 1st dose of scheduled vaccines in infants
- Table. Number of vaccine doses the child should have received by their current age
- Table. Catch-up schedule for people ≥10 years of age (for vaccines recommended on a population level)
Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) for health professionals
- What is the AIR?
- Health Professional Online Service (HPOS) HealthVital IT
- Reports available from the AIR website for General Practice (AIR 10A report shows patients due and overdue immunisations in the general practice)
- Information for vaccination providers about how to set up access to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
- Vaccination provider information payments
- Help to set up access to the AIR as a delegate of a medical practitioner, midwife or nurse practitioner.
- Register as a vaccination provider
- Register patients on the AIR
- AIR User guide for individuals
- AIR User guide for organisations
- Enhancing data quality of vaccine encounters – tips and tricks guide
Influenza and Pneumococcal
- Pneumococcal Vaccination Tool (Immunisation Coalition)
- Commonwealth pneumococcal resources - Clinical decision tree
- Immunisation recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS
- Immunisation recommendations for people with risk factors for certain vaccine-preventable diseases
Immunisation update webinar recordings
12 August 2020: Immunisation NIP update with Dr Peter Eizenberg
7 April 2020: SEMPHN hosted a virtual immunisation update for health professionals
This webinar was led by Dr Peter Eizenberg.
Topics discussed in Part One:
- how COVID-19 may affect the flu season in 2020
- an overview of the 2020 seasonal influenza program
- adult pneumococcal vaccines, and
- maintaining a cool cold chain.
Topics discussed in Part Two:
- NIP Schedule
- AusVaxSafety reporting via SmartVax
- Immunisation resources and tools
View changes to the National Immunisation Program (July 2020) in this brief overview presentation from SEMPHN. To view you will need to register and the password is 8B?DkK.+)
Primary Healthcare Professional Development
This e-learning program covers 5 modules:
- Register as a registered vaccination provider
- Accessing AIR for the first time
- Submitting information to AIR
- Overseas Immunisations
- Immunisation medical exemptions
This e-learning module has been designed:
- to provide you with skills, confidence and resources to help you in your role to recommend vaccination.
- to help you adapt your clinical communication skills to meet the needs of all parents, whether they are ready to vaccinate, have questions or intend to decline vaccination altogether.
CDPs are available, it takes less than 90 minutes and a certificate is available to download on completion.
Immunisation Newsletters and Research
- DHHS Immunisation newsletter – Click to subscribe
- The Weekly Jab NCIRS – Click to subscribe
- Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)
Printable Resources for Primary Health Professionals
- Pre-Screening Checklist
- Australian Immunisation Handbook Infographics
- Vaccine Cold Chain Management Checklist
- NCIRS Immunisation Fact Sheets
- Immunisation Coalition Guides for HCP
- Questions about vaccinations from patients (Aus Gov)
- Zostavax safety information
- Health Translations – Immunisation in-language
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