Version 2.0 (released 13th June, 2018)
Understanding vaccines and adult vaccination requirements for workplace programs aims to equip health professionals with knowledge and skills to competently deliver a high quality and safe immunisation services to adults by:
Due to the necessity for immunisation providers to be proficient in all aspects of the clinical encounter, this course provides information on: legislation, risk communication, pre-vaccination screening, vaccine administration, and post-vaccination procedures.
Health professionals involved in the discussion or delivery of adult or occupational vaccination programs will benefit from this course.
Understanding vaccines and adult vaccination requirements for workplace programs has been developed by immunisation and education experts from the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB), Department for Health and Ageing, South Australia, and the Education and Training Department of the Women and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia.
This course must be completed within 20 weeks from the date of registration.
On completion of the course all learners will be able to print a Record of Study to assist with claiming Continuing Professional Development.
The course contains multiple choice assessments within the 3 modules. The final 2 modules have a short exam with 5 multiple choice questions that cover required knowledge and 100% must be attained, with one re-sit available. Learners who successfully complete all the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion, posted to the address supplied at registration.
The Australian Pharmacy Council has accredited this course for 30 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 30 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 30 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 60 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.
Accreditation number: CX17114–7
'This online course is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 30 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.'
This module aims to introduce the learner to immunisation from a public health perspective and discusses the effectiveness of immunisation programs. The National Immunisation Program Schedule is introduced and the governing structures that guide the vaccine recommendations and schedule points for administration.
Module 1 delivers information on the fundamentals of microbiology and immunology, providing a foundation for further understanding of the disease process, the chain of infection, vaccine types and development and how vaccines work.
Levels of many vaccine preventable diseases are low in Australia, but there continues to be a risk of diseases being imported and others continue to occur in Australia. To understand the need to be protected against these diseases, it is important to know how each disease is caused and spread, the severity of illness and possible outcomes including death.
This module presents information on vaccine preventable diseases and the vaccine designed to protect against the disease, which may be administered within the National Immunisation Program, to adults in the community and in Occupational Health Programs.
Module 3 will assist the health practitioner apply the relevant legislative requirements to clinical practice and provide the learner with an understanding of the key elements of vaccine safety. The potential adverse events after the administration of a vaccine and the following actions required to ensure community safety and maintain confidence in immunisation programs, will be discussed.
This module presents the requirements for vaccine storage and the national recommendations to enable them to be integrated into practice to ensure vaccines remain potent and effective, and the learner will be introduced to the fundamentals necessary to deliver a high quality and safe immunisation service.