Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program


per user

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.

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 has been developed by immunisation and education experts from the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB), Department for Health and Ageing, 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 this certificate 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.

Certificates awarded

All learners who complete the course will be able to print a Record of Study to assist with claiming Continuing Professional Development.

The course contains multiple choice assessments within the 4 modules. Modules 2, 3 and 4 have a short exam with 6 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.

Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program is endorsed by Australian College of Nursing according to their Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 50 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.

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Learners who successfully complete all the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion.