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Immunisation QI Activity program

Register your practice to participate in our Immunisation QI Activity: AIR Overdue Childhood Immunisations.

Participating practices will be provided with:

  • An Overdue Report – listing children aged 0 – 5 years living in the CESPHN region who have not completed their childhood immunisation schedule, as recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). All children listed on your practice’s report had their last vaccination by a provider at your practice, and no immunisation records have been uploaded to AIR since. 
  • An Immunisation QIA Workbook – which provides a step-by-step guide on addressing children on your report, examples of overdue scenarios and how to resolve these.
  • PIPQI documentation – The workbook also serves as a valuable resource for documenting your practice’s participation in continuous quality improvement in collaboration with CESPHN, in accordance with the PIP QI Incentive Guidelines.
  • One-on-one support – the Immunisation team can provide training to both clinical and non-clinical staff to build their skills and confidence to participate in QI activities.

If your practice is not currently participating in this Immunisation QI activity, register now.

Scholarships available: ANI course

Scholarships are now available for the Authorised Nurse Immuniser (ANI) course.

CESPHN is inviting Registered Nurses working in general practice, who are not ANI qualified yet, to apply for the scholarship by completing the application form. For further information about the course and eligibility criteria, please see Immunisation | Nurses webpage.

Checklist for planning COVID-19 vaccination clinics at RACHs

Residential aged care homes (RACH) are responsible for ensuring residents have access to the recommended COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are eligible.

This checklist provides tips to assist in planning and delivering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a residential aged care home. It is recommended service providers start planning early as some activities will take time to organise.

Residential aged care homes are encouraged to contact CESPHN at racfs@cesphn.com.au to request an In-Reach COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be delivered at your facility if they do not have an existing GP or pharmacist available.

Moderna XBB.1.5 12 years+ supply update

Sites can no longer order Moderna (XBB.1.5) 12 years+ PFS through the COVID-19 Vaccine Administrative System (CVAS) as supply of this vaccine is nearing depletion. There are alternative COVID-19 vaccine brands available to order on CVAS.

Sites can contact the Vaccine Operations Centre (VOC) directly with requests to access remaining supply of Moderna (XBB.1.5) 12 years+ PFS vaccine going forward. Orders for remaining supply will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the VOC to ensure equitable distribution and minimise excess wastage of this vaccine.

Vaccine Administration Errors

A COVID-19 vaccine administration error (VAE) occurs when a COVID-19 vaccine is given outside the current guidance outlined in the Australian Immunisation Handbook | COVID-19 Chapter.

All COVID-19 vaccine VAEs are required to be reported to the Vaccine Operations Centre (VOC) using the VAE reporting form. The VOC will review details relating to the incident and provide advice on actions to take following the VAE.

COVID-19 Immunisation Training

Please also be reminded that there is no longer a requirement for mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Training. The Department of Health and Aged Care published resources to assist vaccine providers, such as a COVID-19 Vaccine Reference Guide and the complete CVTP module set. These documents supplement existing COVID-19 reference resources.

All immunisation providers need to ensure that their professional immunisation training is current and up to date, as required by NSW legislation and professional standards.

Why get vaccinated against the flu?

On 30 April, Professor Paul Kelly (head of the interim Australian CDC), spoke on ABC News Breakfast about the upcoming flu season and discussed why it’s important to get vaccinated against the flu and strongly encouraged Australians to get their vaccine this year.

Professor Kelly said it was particularly important for people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated, and advised people to get the flu vaccine now, as it is widely available and can protect them from severe flu. These include:

  • children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • pregnant women
  • people aged 65 or over
  • First Nations people aged 6 months or over
  • people with particular chronic conditions.

Education and Networking

Register for upcoming immunisation education webinars below. View past webinar recordings on our Immunisation | Education webpage.

REGISTER

3 June 2024, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
QI in practice – Increasing influenza vaccination uptake using clinical audit tools

Join us for this lunch and learn session on how to use clinical audit tools CAT4 and Polar to identify patients eligible for a free flu vaccine under the NIP. We will demonstrate how to utilise reports to monitor flu vaccine uptake at the practice and plan your seasonal flu vaccine campaign as a quality improvement activity to meet your PIPQI requirements.
REGISTER

4 June 2024, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

The Lakes Golf Club,
Eastlakes
Practice nurse networking evening (Eastern region event)

Practice nurses are invited to join us for our Nurse networking evening. A face-to-face event where you can establish connections with other nurses, build relationships, share experiences and elevate your nursing knowledge. Hear from guest speakers covering topics related to Immunisation and Childhood Development while also enjoying drinks and canapes. The same event will be repeated at two locations, please only register for the location and/or date that suit you best.
REGISTER (online attendance)

REGISTER (in person attendance)

14 June 2024, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Free event: Immunisation Coalition | 2024 Annual Immunisation Forum

The Annual Immunisation Forum is a one day event that gives healthcare professionals a greater understanding of immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases. Attend online or in person at Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane.

This event is ideal for GPs, practice nurses, specialists, pharmacists and other immunisation specialists.
REGISTER

27 June 2024, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

St George Motor Boat Club, Sans Souci
Practice nurse networking evening (Southern region event)

Practice nurses are invited to join us for our Nurse networking evening. A face-to-face event where you can establish connections with other nurses, build relationships, share experiences and elevate your nursing knowledge. Hear from guest speakers covering topics related to Immunisation and Childhood Development while also enjoying drinks and canapes. The same event will be repeated at two locations, please only register for the location and/or date that suit you best.

Updated COVID-19 resources

The following resources have been updated recently:

Cold Chain Breach (CCB) reporting formDate last updated: 2 May 2024

This form is to help vaccine providers report a potential cold chain breach under the COVID-19 vaccination program.
Vaccine Administration Error (VAE) reporting formDate last updated: 2 May 2024

This form is to help vaccine providers report a vaccine administration error under the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.