Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program

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Immunisation knowledge and health professionals

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.

Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program

This course aims to equip health professionals with knowledge and skills to competently deliver a high quality and safe immunisation service by:

  • introducing the learner to comprehensive information on the theoretical and practical components of immunisation
  • guiding the learner to utilise the relevant resources that support best practice when delivering an immunisation service, and
  • assisting the learner to assess their understanding of the relevant information.

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.

Assessments and exams

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.

Certificates awarded

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.

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