Population Health, including immunisation, is a key priority area of SEMPHN. The following is a quick-reference guide for GPs and Practice Nurses on frequently-used immunisation topics, guidelines, tips and support.
ACIR (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register)
Ph: 1800 653 809 for ACIR general enquiries
Ph: 1300 650 039 for ACIR internet helpdesk
Immunisation Program, Department of Health & Human Services, Victorian Government
Ph: 1300 882 008 Opening hours: 9am-12pm and 2-3pm Monday-Friday
National Immunisation Information Line
Ph: 1800 671 811 Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm
Practice tips for childhood immunisation
- Access the ACIR report for your practice
- Compare the ACIR report to your own recall list
- Precall, rather than recall. Remember to update recalls once vaccinations are done.
- If you’re using a hard copy of the Australian Immunisation Handbook, check the website regularly for updates
- Keep up-to-date with changes and updates on immunisation products, legislation and requirements with the Immunisation Newsletter
- Document all immunisations directly onto the ACIR website, rather than writing and sending to ACIR. This reduces processing time and extra handling.
- When you document immunisations directly onto the ACIR website, note that some immunisations remain marked as ‘pending’, so you may need to call ACIR for it to show as ‘approved’.
- Ensure your practice uploads all immunisation data through appropriate clinical software, so that the right information gets to ACIR.
- Allow enough appointment time to process the documentation correctly
Quick-links – resources and tools
- The Immunisation Calculator for children up to 10 years of age is based on the Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP) for all Australian children prior to their 10th birthday. If vaccine doses are delayed or missed, the calculator can provide a catch-up schedule.
- Immunisation schedule Victoria 2016
- Quick guide: Catch-up immunisation for Victoria - for people (3 months to 8+ years) with no documentation of previous vaccines
- Number of vaccine doses that should have been administered by the current age of the child
- Victorian immunisation catch-up tool for 10 to 19 year olds
- No Jab, No Pay – New immunisation requirements for Family Assistance Payments
- No Jab, No Play – Information for Immunisation Providers
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition
- The Immunise Australia Program funds free vaccination programs, administers the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and communicates information about immunisation to health professionals and the public.
- Victorian Government immunisation resources - includes information on vaccine orders and stock, adverse events reporting, provider information, vaccination resource ordering and more.
- Cold chain management
- Other groups with special vaccination requirements
- Catch-up: Incentives for vaccination providers
Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. Advice for immunisation providers about the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines can be found here.
Free influenza vaccinations are available for the following at-risk groups:
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to <5 years
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged ≥15 years
- All adults aged ≥65 years
- All persons aged ≥6 months who have a medical condition which increases the risk of influenza complications
Influenza vaccination is also strongly recommended, but not funded, for other groups who are at increased risk of influenza and its complications.
- Influenza Fact sheet for vaccination providers - Get the flu shot before the flu gets you
- Influenza Specialist Group Publications
Adverse events reporting
For all adverse events reporting, contact Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)
SAEFVIC Immunisation Hotline:
Ph: 1300 882 924 (choose option 1)
Staff attend the line between 9am and 4pm. You can leave a message at other times.
Catch-up vaccination for migrants to Australia, including refugees and asylum seekers
People who arrive in Australia as a refugee or asylum seeker are not likely to be fully vaccinated. This is due to differences between the Australian immunisation schedule and country of origin schedules. People who are refugees and asylum seekers can be vaccinated so they are up-to-date with the Australian immunisation schedule.
- Information sheet for case workers and others working with families from refugee backgrounds, to support them to meet Australian immunisation requirements.
- Royal Children’s Hospital Immigrant Health Service – catch-up-immunisation in refugees
- Vaccination of migrants to Australia
Catch-up immunisation fact-sheets in languages other than English
Free pneumococcal vaccinations are available for the following at-risk groups:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children
Pertussis booster for 18 month olds
A pertussis (whooping cough) booster is free for children at 18 months of age. The booster dose complements pertussis-containing vaccinations given at two, four and six months with booster doses given at four years and 10 to 15 years. Supplies of the vaccine are now available.
Hepatitis B vaccination
These websites have information about Hepatitis B and immunisation, including at-risk groups.
- Australian Immunisation Handbook – Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis B immunization
- Refugee Health Factsheet: Hepatitis B screening
A list of vaccines routinely recommended in pregnancy can be found here.
Immunisation webinar recordings
A recording of the SEMPHN ‘Immunisation updates event’, Feb 23 2016, can be viewed here.
By the end of the session you will:
- Understand the impact of the No Jab No Pay/Play policies
- Be up to date with the latest changes to the National Immunisation Program schedule
- Understand ACIR reporting
- Have improved knowledge about catch-up vaccination calculation
- Have knowledge about the 2016 National Immunisation Program influenza vaccine
- Understand the process around electronic recalls and reminders including SMS
A recording of the SEMPHN event ‘Immunisation – understanding the 2016 changes’, November 17 2015, can be viewed here.
This session, by Kate Russo, Program Consultant, Immunisation/Nursing at Networking Health Victoria, provides strategies around:
- how you can prepare for the changes
- how this will affect your practice
- ensuring information is current on your Patient Management System
- use of electronic Recall systems
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