Immunisation Community of Practice

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Welcome to the Immunisation Community of Practice. A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people with a shared passion who come together and learn how to do better. The PHNs Immunisation CoP is your opportunity to get answers, share ideas and build your professional network regarding immunisation.

The PHN Immunisation CoP aims to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community by providing appropriate and timely information about vaccine preventable diseases and the Immunise Australia Program to immunisation providers and the community and promote the delivery of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems in the community. Immunisation not only protects individuals from life-threatening diseases, but also dramatically reduces transmission in the community. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread.

Some of the benefits of joining this Community are:

  • 24/7 access to filed Immunisation resources,
  • keep current with Immunisation updates,
  • brainstorm about Immunisation,
  • and network with colleagues passionate about Immunisation.

Welcome to the Immunisation Community of Practice. A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people with a shared passion who come together and learn how to do better. The PHNs Immunisation CoP is your opportunity to get answers, share ideas and build your professional network regarding immunisation.

The PHN Immunisation CoP aims to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community by providing appropriate and timely information about vaccine preventable diseases and the Immunise Australia Program to immunisation providers and the community and promote the delivery of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems in the community. Immunisation not only protects individuals from life-threatening diseases, but also dramatically reduces transmission in the community. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread.

Some of the benefits of joining this Community are:

  • 24/7 access to filed Immunisation resources,
  • keep current with Immunisation updates,
  • brainstorm about Immunisation,
  • and network with colleagues passionate about Immunisation.
  • What has Patrick Cashman been up to??

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    In-country technical assistance on immunisation in Solomon Islands

  • NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) Updated Contact Details

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    NSWISS is now using Consultmed to manage referrals.

    For GPs, specialists, allied health or health professionals

  • Updated! "Following vaccination - what to expect and what to do" tear-off

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    This updated tear-off pad covers post-vaccination experiences, what to do at home if a reaction has occurred, when to seek medication advice and how to report an adverse reaction.

    Download here

    New stock will be available to order in coming months to reflect changes to the National Immunisation Program.

  • Meningococcal B (Men B) vaccination catch-up program for Aboriginal children

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    The meningococcal B (Men B) vaccination catch-up program for Aboriginal children has been extended indefinitely.

    Who is eligible for funded meningococcal B vaccine?

    • Bexsero is provided under the NIP for Aboriginal infants at 6 weeks, 4 months, and 12 months of age, and for ongoing catch-up vaccination for Aboriginal children under 2 years of age.
    • Some Aboriginal children who have certain at-risk conditions may need an extra dose at 6 months of age.
    • All people with asplenia, hyposplenia, complement deficiency and treatment with exculizumad.

    Where do I find further information?

    Where do I get printed copies of the NSW immunisation schedule?

    Immunisation providers may order the updated NSW Immunisation Schedule, A3 poster and fridge basket stickers by completing the NSW Immunisation Resource Order Form and sending to the Better Health Centre, either via email at nslhd-bhc@health.nsw.gov.au or fax on (02) 9887 5452.

  • NSW Health community influenza resources and winter respiratory campaign

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    NSW Health has a number of influenza resources and winter respiratory information for the community available on the NSW Health website. This includes in-language resources and information on free influenza vaccination for higher-risk groups. As flu continues to circulate, sharing these resources with the community can help encourage vaccination, staying home when sick and hand hygiene.

  • Routine Childhood Immunisation – health professionals’ kit

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    A health professionals' toolkit to assist healthcare providers in their conversations with parents and carers about childhood immunisation has been produced by the Department of Health and Aged Care. The kit includes various resources, answers to common questions, support for conversation approaches, following up on children who have missed scheduled vaccines and immunisation clinical support.

    Routine Childhood Immunisation - health professionals' kit

  • Rotarix Dosing and Administration Wheel Updated wheel now available to order

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    GSK has refreshed the Rotarix Dosing and Administration wheel that it provides to immunisers to assist with dosing and administration of Rotarix. If you would like to order the new Rotarix dosing and administration wheels for your practice, please email your request to au.vaccines@gsk.com

    If you still have copies of the old Rotarix Dosing and Administration Wheel (which was a purple colour), GSK recommends that you immediately cease use of that wheel and discard any copies currently in your possession.

  • Inclusion of Vaxelis on the NIP

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    Please see the below advice regarding the inclusion of Vaxelis on the NIP.

    The NSW Immunisation Schedule and the NSW Childhood Immunisation Schedules have been updated to reflect this inclusion and are available to order from the Better Health Centre using the Resource Order Form.

    Further advice is also available on the NSW Immunisation webpage

  • Immunisation Scholarships and Grants available

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    To provide support to organisations to deliver COVID-19 vaccination services including boosters to vulnerable populations, the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (the PHN) has community grants available for eligible activities.

    To support the Government’s COVID-19 response, innovative, local, short-term COVID-19 vaccination activities and strategies are being implemented. These targeted, short-term activities aim to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccination among vulnerable populations who cannot access or have difficulty accessing the vaccine through existing mechanisms.

    The community grant round will be accessible via the PHN grants portal SmartyGrants with funding available of between $10 000 ex GST and $250 000 ex GST.  

    To learn more, please access:

    COVID-19 Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Community Grants 2023 - Primary Health Network (thephn.com.au)

    In addition, the PHN is funding 55 scholarships for eligible Registered Nurses and Aboriginal Medical Practitioners to complete the Australian College of Nurses “Immunisation for Health Practitioners Course (307)”, to sustainably strengthen the HNECC workforce. For more information, please refer to:

    COVID-19 Vulnerable Populations Vaccination Immunisation Scholarships 2023 - EOI - Primary Health Network (thephn.com.au)

  • Upcoming changes to the National Immunisation Program in 2023

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    In 2023 there will be changes to the National Immunisation Program including a new listing of Vaxelis® vaccine as an alternative DTPa-hepB-IPV-Hib vaccine for children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age (effective from 1 July 2023) and Shingrix® vaccine for prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) and post-herpetic neuralgia to replace Zostavax® (pending regulatory approvals) (effective from 1 November 2023).

    The Australian Government will publish an updated NIP Schedule and a news item containing this advice on the Department of Health’s website on 1 July 2023. Providers can also get the latest NIP updates by subscribing to the email list.

Page last updated: 07 Jun 2024, 02:19 PM