Version 2.0 (released 12th December, 2018)
The 2019 influenza vaccine recommendations in Australia have not yet been released. This course currently has the 2018 recommendations. Prior to administering any 2019 influenza vaccines please ensure you are familiar with the 2019 recommendations.
There has been expansive growth in the number of vaccines on the National Immunisation Program Schedule in the past decade which has resulted in increased complexity of the immunisation schedule and immunisation programs in general.
Health professionals play an integral role in delivering immunisation programs, and in order to provide a highly successful service, they need to attain a high level of knowledge in respect to vaccines and immunisation program requirements.
The course was developed by the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB), Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia.
This course has been developed specifically for GPs; however, it would be suitable for any medical practitioner wishing to improve their knowledge and expertise regarding immunisation.
The predisposing activity must be completed before commencing the course. There will be a 24 hour lock out period from the time of submitting the completed activity. The reinforcing activity is presented following the completion of Module 4. This activity will be available 24 hours after you have completed this module.
You can log out and return to these activities and it will have saved your progress to date.
This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 triennium.
40 Category 1 points – Activity: 132861.
This activity has been approved by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and attracts 30 PRPD points.
The predisposing activity is designed to help focus your thoughts about your immunisation knowledge and practice.
Submit you answer for each of the multiple choice questions and you will get immediate feedback. You can log out and return to the predisposing activity at any time and it will save your progress to date. Once you complete the predisposing activity there will be a 24 hour lock out period before you can continue the course.
Module 1 aims to introduce the learner to immunisation as a public health measure and discusses the effectiveness of immunisation programs. A foundation for understanding vaccination, vaccine types and components, vaccine performance and licensing and how vaccines work, is presented.
Module 2 discusses vaccine preventable diseases, particularly those on the National Immunisation Program, and explains the causative agents, transmission, clinical features, and complications of the diseases.
The vaccines on the National Immunisation Program are discussed and include the recommended age of administration and number of doses required for each vaccine, which is determined by the vaccine type and the need to balance disease protection for a particular age group with the need to ensure an appropriate immune response.
Module 3 will introduce the learner to some of the specific groups that, for a variety of reasons, are at higher risk of some vaccine preventable diseases, and this module will outline the additional vaccine recommendations for these groups.
Module 4 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. The process to develop a catch-up schedule for individuals will be explained and the learner will be introduced to the fundamentals necessary to deliver a high quality and effective immunisation service.
The reinforcing activity provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your learning from the modules. Use this activity to consider what changes or improvements have resulted from undertaking the course, and to consider how you will change your practice.
The reinforcing activity will be available 24 hours after completion of Module 4. You can log out and return to the reinforcing activity at any time and it will save your progress to date.
This activity and the Feedback evaluation must be completed to receive a Certificate of participation.