Version 5.0 (released 17th April, 2019)
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.
Over the past decade there has been expansive growth in the number of vaccines added to the immunisation schedule and an increase in the number of groups eligible to receive free vaccines through the National Immunisation Program. This expansion has resulted in increased complexity of the immunisation schedule and immunisation programs in general.
Immunisation has become a specialised area of practice and this course provides valuable information for all immunisation providers with the opportunity to attain this knowledge through easy to access online learning. Current course enrolments include, and are not limited to, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, ambulance officers, general practitioners and Aboriginal Health Care Workers.
This course aims to equip health professionals with knowledge and skills to competently deliver a high quality and safe immunisation service by:
This online learning program has been developed by immunisation and education experts from the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB), Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia, the Education and Training Department of the Women and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia and we acknowledge the contribution by the Communicable Disease Control Directorate, WA Health.
This course must be completed within 20 weeks from the date of registration.
State and Territory legislation governs whether successful completion of this course allows the health professional to immunise independent of a medical order. Currently Understanding Vaccines and The National Immunisation Program is an approved training program in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory.
The course contains multiple choice assessments within the 4 modules. Modules 2, 3 and 4 each have a short exam with 10 multiple choice questions covering the required knowledge. You must achieve 90% for each exam. If you fail an exam, one re-sit is available.
At the successful completion of all the course requirements, including passing all exams, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. On completion of the course, all learners will be able to print a Record of Study to assist with claiming Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
This online course is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 70 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.
Module 1 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.
The module delivers information on the fundamentals of microbiology and immunology, providing a foundation for further understanding of the disease process, the chain of infection, vaccine 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.
Module 2 presents information on each vaccine preventable disease followed by information on the vaccine designed to protect against the disease.
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.
Not all groups at risk will be discussed and the module will focus on:
This module will aim to assist the health practitioner to apply the relevant legislative requirements to clinical practice, gain valid consent, effectively communicate risk in the clinical setting and provide the learner with an understanding of the key elements of vaccine safety.
The learner is informed of the potential adverse events after the administration of a vaccine, how to advise the individuals of these and how adverse events are reported, monitored and investigated to ensure community safety and maintain confidence in immunisation programs.
Module 4 describes the requirement for vaccine storage and the national recommendations that are to be integrated into practice to ensure vaccines remain potent and effective so that when administered, they provide protection against these vaccine preventable diseases in the community.
This module will introduce the learner to the requirements necessary to deliver a high quality and safe immunisation service. The importance of the need for immunisation providers to be proficient in all aspects of the clinical encounter will be discussed and the steps involved in calculating a catch-up schedule.