Appropriate and timely immunisation information
We aim to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community by supporting general practices in our region. Find the most up to date information and advice at the sites below:
Supporting general practice
On 28 October 2022, NSW Health amended the Authority for Nurses and Midwives to include Japanese encephalitis vaccines. The Authorty is available here.
In order to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccines, Authorised Nurse and Midwife immunisers must have completed Japanese encephalitis: A resource for registered nurses and midwives.
You can also access important information on the and COVID-19 vaccination training.
As all practices have had to adapt rapidly to the increase in demand from patients for support with COVID-19, it’s great when we can share experiences between local practices that may assist others. A number of practices have agreed to share some of their current workflows to support others also experiencing similar challenges:
We have also developed a SPDS & CAT4 Activities for COVID-19 Vaccination guide.
A series of free vaccinations are available for children aged 0 to 4 years to protect them against serious diseases. Below are some useful resources:
- Catch-up calculator - Department of Health and Aged Care
- Following vaccination information sheet
- Immunisation for children - Department of Health and Aged Care
- NSW Childhood Immunisation schedule
The same considerations as for flu vaccinations need to be made regarding the safe practice of childhood immunisations, perhaps setting up immunisation clinic times will enable staff and families to have these administered safely.
The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Strive for 5 has useful information on the cold chain. To find out more, call the Public Health Unit at Southern NSW on (02) 4825 4968 or the Illawarra Shoalhaven on (02) 4221 6700. Ask to speak to the Public Health Officer.
Remember to follow the principles of safe vaccine storage management to ensure safe and effective vaccines are given to your patients. The Ministry of Health requires practices to complete a cold chain breach reporting form when vaccines are exposed to temperatures outside 2-8oC.
Opportunities for further knowledge
Access education, quality improvement and patient information below.
Upcoming events and workshops
To check for upcoming immunisation education workshops, refer to our events calendar.
More opportunities to participate in workshops and/or online learning modules can be found at:
Immunisation update webinars
We regularly facilitate immunisation update webinars presented by the Public Health Units. Recent recordings include:
- 30 May 2022 webinar - Adverse events following immunisation (AEFI’s).
- 17 May 2022 webinar - Cold chain management and an update on influenza cases and Japanese Encephalitis.
- 22 March 2022 webinar - Influenza vaccination update, Japanese Encephalitis update, school immunisation program and NIP and non-NIP vaccinations.
The following resources can support quality improvement activities for improving immunisation rates:
Watch our Immunisation Quality Initiative video to see how Centre Health Unanderra has used clinical data auditing to improve their immunisation rates.
Information is available for pregnant women, children, adults, travel, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, seniors and workers on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.
A guide is available here to help parents understand childhood immunisation.
The Department of Health and Aged Care has created a new resource called ‘Following vaccination - what to expect and what to do’. It provides easy-to-read information on common reactions that may occur after vaccinations.