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.
  • AIR Tip: How to submit information to the AIR for a non-Medicare individual

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    Individuals who aren’t enrolled in Medicare or don’t have an Individual Healthcare Identifier can have their vaccinations recorded directly onto the AIR site using software, or an official AIR form and uploading it via HPOS.

    Using the AIR site

    Check if a record already exists

    To prevent a duplicate record from being created, you can search the AIR for an existing record by entering the surname, first name and date of birth of the individual. The AIR will display the individual’s details if a record exists, and a new encounter can then be recorded. If you can’t find a unique match, conduct another search and also include the individual’s postcode.

    Create a new record if one doesn’t already exist

    If there isn’t a match after conducting a thorough search, a new record can be created by following the instructions: Create a new record using the AIR site.

    Important: You will need to record a vaccination to create a new record.

    Using software

    Some software will transmit vaccination encounters for non-Medicare individuals to the AIR. Your software developer can provide further advice about this process.

    Using a form uploaded via Health Professional Online Services (HPOS)

    Providers without access to the AIR Site or software can record vaccination details using an official AIR form uploaded via HPOS.

    Important: It can take up to 14 days to update an individual’s AIR record when a vaccination encounter is submitted using a form.

    Where providers have difficulty submitting a vaccination encounter for non-Medicare individuals, they should contact AIR on 1800 653 809.

    Under the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (AIR Act), it is mandatory to report all influenza, COVID-19, National Immunisation Program vaccines and Japanese encephalitis virus vaccines to the AIR. Further information about the Australian Immunisation Register is available on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

  • Streamlined process for updating vaccination data on Australian Immunisation Register site

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    Download this easy-to-read chart which outlines the process for updating vaccination data already submitted to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) site. Vaccination providers should promptly amend any incorrect encounters using the AIR site or their practice management software's update function to avoid delays and ensure accurate immunisation history, using the same provider number as the original vaccination reported.

  • Vaccination from community pharmacy

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    NCIRS have updated their community pharmacy resources regarding the vaccines available in each State and Territory in pharmacy by which vaccine/age. https://www.ncirs.org.au/public/vaccination-community-pharmacy

  • 11May 2023 - Updates to the Australian Immunisation Handbook

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    Updates have recently been made to the Handbook. These include updated influenza vaccination guidance in the context of COVID-19 vaccination; interim recommendations for extended valency conjugate pneumococcal vaccines (Vaxneuvance [15vPCV] and Prevenar 20 [20vPCV]) in adults and for people who are immunocompromised; and updates to reflect additions of 20vPCV in the table Vaccination for women who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding. A summary of these updates is available on the AIH website.

  • 2023 PHN Vaccine Strategy

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    The PHN has developed a 2023 Vaccine Strategy to support vaccine providers to deliver safe and effective immunisation programs for people living within our region. As we continue to move our focus to business as usual, this guide will assist you to identify vulnerable people and provide ideas for increasing routine vaccinations. Please see the strategy in the "Documents" section in the Immunisation CoP.

  • World Immunisation Week 2023 - 24 - 30 April

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    World Immunisation Week 2023 is from 24th to 30th April with the theme of “The Big Catch-up.” This week provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of immunisation in protecting individuals and communities against vaccine preventable diseases.

    The campaign "The Big Catch-up" is crucial as it arrives at a pivotal moment for immunisation. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on global immunisation efforts, resulting in a backlog of missed vaccinations worldwide. Therefore, it is imperative to address this issue by improving immunisation services, closing the gap and reaching out to millions of individuals who have been deprived of the life-saving benefits of vaccines.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) 2023 campaign aims to address this backlog and promote global effort to vaccinate millions of children and restore vaccination levels to pre-pandemic standards.

  • New Routine Childhood Immunisation campaign

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    The Australian Government has launched the ‘One more way you keep them safe’ campaign. The campaign highlights the importance of vaccinating children to protect them from serious diseases.

    Australia has a strong National Immunisation Program (NIP) with high rates of childhood vaccination. However, recent data shows that routine childhood immunisation coverage rates have declined over the past two years.

    Skipping or delaying vaccinations puts children and those around them at risk of catching serious diseases.

    For the best protection, it’s important that children receive their free routine vaccines:

    • in line with the NIP schedule
    • on time, every time.

    The campaign also encourages parents to:

    • seek out reliable information about vaccination
    • speak to trusted health professional about their child’s immunisations.

    Learn more about the campaign, and access the resources at health.gov.au/childhoodimmunisation

  • Immunisation Question:

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    Do I need to aspirate the syringe prior to administering a vaccine?

    Current research suggests that there is no need to aspirate the syringe prior to vaccine administration. Please refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook for further information.

  • Updated NSW Immunisation Schedule

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    The NSW Immunisation Schedule and the NSW Immunisation Childhood Poster have been updated to make recommendations for influenza vaccination of children 6 months to less than 5 years of age more prominent. These are now available on the NSW Health Immunisation webpage.

    Both of these resources are available to order from the Better Health Centre at no cost. If you would like to order hard copies to be delivered to your practice please complete the Immunisation Resource Order Form.

    Distribution of pre-allocated influenza vaccine orders has now commenced, however you should only schedule vaccination clinics once vaccines have been received.

    Please consider using active initiatives to improve vaccine uptake in National Immunisation Program (NIP) eligible cohorts particularly children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age who have historically had lower coverage rates than other at risk groups. Using reminder/recall systems to send SMS messages or emails to parents of children in your practice would be beneficial to inform them of the opportunity to have their child vaccinated.

    Further information on the NSW seasonal influenza vaccination program is available on the 2023 seasonal influenza vaccination information for immunisation providers webpage.

  • Flu vaccine promotional material

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    NSW Health advised they will include a small flu flyer and 2023 basket stickers with your first influenza vaccine delivery. Additional resources are available to be ordered from the Better Health Centre using this form: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Influenza/Documents/influenza-publications-order-form.pdf

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