WEBINAR: Preparing your practice for COVID-19 vaccinations
This important webinar will focus on the current status in regard to the rollout of COVID vaccines and help you start preparing your practice now for mass vaccination.
Presenters: Katrina Otto and Michelle Horswood
Date: Wednesday 7 December 2020 Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm Register now
Target audience: GPs , practice nurses, practice managers and practice staff
Discount codes for Benchmarque course!
The Benchmarque Group is offering 10 FREE discount codes for practice nurses to access the Foundations of Immunisation online course free of charge (valued at $95) to celebrate the restructure of their Immunisation course.
Immunisation needs in: Adults / Influenza / Pregnancy / School
Practice of Immunisation
The Foundations of Immunisation Program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to work within the framework of immunisation and public health, with a focus on an understanding of the immune system, how vaccines work, communicable disease management and assessing a client’s eligibility for vaccinations.
The course involves approximately 15 hours of self-paced online learning.
This foundations module is recommended for nurses new to the general practice setting or those wishing to refresh their skills.
Nurse working in general practice within the CESPHN region
One discount code per general practice
These codes expire on Saturday 12 December 2020 so students must enrol before expiry date.
How to access discount code
Contact the PHN Immunisation team firstname.lastname@example.org secure one of the 10 codes. Information required: full name, place of employment, job title, email, mobile, current qualification.
Register for a PRODA account to prepare for COVID-19 vaccine!
Will COVID-19 vaccine reporting be mandatory?
Yes. It will be mandatory for vaccination providers to record all COVID-19 vaccinations on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
AIR will be the unifying national system to monitor COVID-19 vaccine overall immunisation coverage rates and individual immunisation status.
How do you upload vaccine records to AIR?
The fastest way to upload vaccine records to AIR is via your clinical software (e.g. Best Practice and Medical Director). Most software have the capability to electronically upload vaccine records directly to AIR.
Check with your software vendor if you are unsureif your clinical software is integrated with AIR and has capabilities electronic upload to AIR.
Update your VANdetails for ordering of COVID-19 Vaccine
Prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine!
Medicare Provider numbers are required by the State Vaccine Centre to support roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination program. This is to ensure NSW Health can track the journey of every vaccine dose distributed from the warehouse, administered to the patient and reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
Yes. All practices with an active Vaccine Account Number (VAN) must record the Medicare Provider numbers of every Medicare approved provider administering vaccines at their practice (i.e. all GPs, midwives, and nurse practitioners). This does not include practice nurses.
The Medicare Provider number will have a format such as 1468Y, it is not the prescriber number, AHPRA number or the AIR Registration number. The Medicare Provider number is a unique number issued to health professionals at each location they work and does not expire.
Do practice nurses have a Medicare Provider number?
No, unless they are also a nurse practitioner. The term ‘practice nurse’should not be confused with the term ‘nurse practitioner’. A practice nurse is an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse (including nurse practitioners) who is employed by, or whose services are otherwise retained by, a general practice.
COVID-19: Impact on routine childhood vaccination uptake
A new NCIRS report “COVID-19: Impact on routine childhood vaccination uptake in Australia” released this week found no substantial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vaccination uptake in children at national or state/territory level, for vaccinations due up to July 2020.
This is a welcome finding, which likely reflects consistent messaging from health authorities that it is important to maintain immunisation through the pandemic and efforts to provide COVID-19 safe vaccination services.
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