SESLHD Public Health Unit is updating theirNurse Immunisation Distribution list. The Public Health Unit is calling for all AHPRA registered nurses in the SESLHD regionwho are willing and able to help with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations to fill out this survey.
Scholarship for Authorised Nurse Immuniser course
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is offering practice nurses the opportunity to apply for a 75%* scholarship to complete The Benchmarque Group’s Immunisation Endorsement Program. This course is to become an authorised nurse immuniser in NSW and administer vaccinations independent of a medical officer, which will include COVID-19 vaccine. The Authority will be further updated to include the COVID-19 vaccine once it has been listed in the Commonwealth Poisons Schedule.
The Benchmarque Group’s Immunisation Endorsement Program course involves 112 hours of online study and assessment in addition to a half day workshop. The 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.
CESPHN invites registered nurses working in general practice in the CESPHN region to apply for a scholarship for the Benchmarque Immunisation Endorsement Program (full cost $567).
Eligibility criteria: Registered nurses working in general practice within the CESPHN region, who have not completed the Authorised Nurse Immuniser qualification.
Recipients will be eligible for the following, upon successful completion of the course:
75% of course fee reimbursement ($425) upon course completion prior to 31 March 2021
50% of course fee reimbursement ($284) upon course completion prior to 30 June 2021
25% of course fee reimbursement ($142) upon course completion prior to 31 December 2021
How to apply
Submit your application now to commence your course and receive the scholarship:
Once you have completed the Course in Immunisation Practice, you can then enrol in the Immunisation Endorsement Program which qualifies you as an Authorised Nurse Immuniser in NSW
For more information and resources on immunisation, read our latest Immunisation Weekly Update or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AusVaxSafetywon the contract for expanded and enhanced active surveillance system to monitor adverse events following Immunisation. See AusTender website for further details.
AusVaxSafety is an active vaccine safety surveillance system that monitors the safety of vaccines in Australia. Using de-identified data reported directly from people receiving the vaccines, AusVaxSafety monitors adverse events following immunisation and facilitates early detection of potential vaccine safety issues.
Register for SmartVax
AusVaxSafety has completed detailed vaccine safety analyses of all National Immunisation Program (NIP) vaccines using SmartVax data. Register free for SmartVax.
Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020
The Bill includes mandatory reporting of COVID-19 vaccine from 1 March 2021, and mandatory reporting of all other vaccines to be entered from 1 July 2021.
Penalties for non-compliance
There are provisions for a civil penalty of 30 penalty units (equivalent to $6660) should the provider fail to comply. If your software is transmitting information to the AIR, please perform quality checks to ensure this is in fact happening.
Supporting the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine
The need for the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020 arose from the need to provide more Australians with information about their immunisation history, to support the roll out of a COVID-19 vaccine and the ongoing administration of the National Immunisation Program.
These changes will ensure that every Australian can access their vaccine history through this safe and secure register. This initiative will also support the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
Public consultation on the proposed changes indicated a high level of community support for these improvements and key stakeholders, including health peak bodies indicated their public support.
Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020 and the explanatory memorandum is available here.
Expired vaccines and Disposal of vaccines
When is a vaccine considered “expired”?
Please remember that any vaccines with an expiry noted for example as 01/2021 are valid and able to be used until 31/01/2021. Please do not consider these as expired until the end of the month noted.
Check your flu vaccines
2020 influenza vaccines may be nearing expiry. Now is a good time to stocktake vaccine fridge and discard expired vaccines.
How to dispose of vaccines
Report expired vaccines via NSW State Vaccine Centre online ordering system
Complete NSW Health survey regarding NIP flu vaccine stock
Dispose expired vaccines at your local pharmacy
These will be sent off for proper destruction via the RUM program (National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines)
Needles should be disposed of in your sharps container
Vaccine boxes should also be discarded – only the vial/medication component should be provided to the pharmacy
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