Immunisation – Nurses

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Grant opportunity: Nurse Winter Vaccination Program – closes 7 May 2023

CESPHN is offering funding to general practices who employ a practice nurse to develop and implement activities to drive the uptake of vaccination.

The Nurse Winter Vaccination Program funding aims to decrease vaccine hesitancy amongst vulnerable population groups to protect them from COVID-19 and other vaccine preventable diseases.

The program also aims strengthen and highlight the role of practice nurses in general practice to manage and lead health program initiatives.

Applicants may apply for $2,000 (excluding GST) to deliver a Nurse Winter Vaccination Program.

Download and review the following documents prior to completing application form:

The timeframe for the delivery of activities to meet program objectives is 24 April 2023 to 31 July 2023.

APPLY NOW: Submit Application Form

Applications close: Sunday 7 May 2023


Using active initiatives to improve flu vaccine uptake in 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 for free.


30 March 2023: CESPHN outreach email

29 March 2023: CESPHN news article

CESPHN Scholarship for General Practice nurses

Applications close 30 September 2022

About the Scholarship

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is offering registered nurses working in General Practice within the CESPHN region the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to complete studies to become a qualified authorised nurse immuniser in NSW and administer vaccinations independent of a medical officer.

CESPHN are offering successful applicants 100% scholarship to this course (valued at $350).

Eligibility criteria

  • Registered nurse (RN) – with current AHPRA registration
  • Currently employed at a General Practice within the CESPHN region
  • RN must have not previously attained qualification as an authorised nurse immuniser
  • RN must be able to register and commence course within 1 week of application
  • RN must successfully complete course within 20 weeks of registration

About the course

Apply for scholarship

This course is accredited by Health Education Services Australia (HESA) and conforms with the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals.

Upon completion of this course, registered nurses and midwives will have the qualification to administer vaccinations in NSW, independent of a medical officer, as per NSW Health Authority.


20% Discount: Benchmarque Authorised Nurse Immuniser course 

23 February 2022 – New & Alerts

CESPHN is proud to have supported over 300 RNs in completing their studies to be qualified Authorised Nurse Immunisers (ANI) over the last 12 months.

If you are an RN interested in completing studies to be a qualified ANI, please email to receive a 20% discount code, to complete studies with The Benchmarque Group – Immunisation Endorsement Pathway.

This course is accredited by HESA, conforming with the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals. Upon completion of the course, registered nurses and midwives will have the qualification to administer vaccinations in NSW, independent of a medical officer, as per NSW Health Authority.

The course involves practice in drawing up and administrating vaccinations in a simulated environment, as well as cold chain management and comprehensive knowledge in working out catch up schedules, assuring those participating are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to deliver vaccinations.

Waitlist: CESPHN Scholarship for nurses

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN from time to time offer the opportunity for registered nurses working within the CESPHN region the opportunity to apply for scholarship to complete studies to become a qualified authorised nurse immuniser. This qualification allows RNs in NSW to administer vaccinations independent of a medical officer.

To be notified of future scholarship opportunities, interested RNs should complete the form below to be placed on a waitlist

Eligibility criteria: registered nurses working in general practice or RACF within the CESPHN region, who have not previously attained qualification as an authorised nurse immuniser.

How to indicate interest in completing scholarship

General practice nursesGeneral Practice nurse – Application Form

RACF nurses: Submit your interest on a waitlist via this form.

Successful applicants will be contacted via email and invited to register with a special discount code.

Contact for more information.

Previous Benchmarque Scholarship (1 January – 30 June 2021)

Students who applied for Benchmarque scholarship prior to 30 June 2021 are still eligible for 75% reimbursement, so long as the Immunisation Endorsement Certificate is gained prior to 31 December 2021. Upon completion please email certificate to

Nurses in General Practice
Scope of practice
Workforce Survey

The result of the 2021 APNA Workforce Survey of primary health care nurses show that in 2021 nursing workloads soared, leaving less time and attention to devote to patient-focused care. Nurses incorporated increased infection prevention and other COVID management procedures on top of an already busy schedule.

Authorised Nurse Immuniser
CPD – Continuing Professional Development
Is CPD compulsory?

To maintain authority to immunise, registered nurses must annually review best practice policy for immunisation.

This may be, but is not limited to, attendance at seminars on current practices. An annual statement of proficiency in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) must also be obtained.

How to become an Authorised Nurse Immuniser: Accredited programs
  • HESA accredited programs – Health Education Services Australia provides a list of all accreited education programs.

    Upon completion of accreditation program, a Registered nurse (RN) or Midwife will be able to immunise independent of medical officers in NSW.

    If practicing outside of NSW, check health policies in the relevant state or territory to confirm eligibility to immunise independent of medical officers.

CPR training courses

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