Immunisation is one of the most effective public health interventions in reducing morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. It is highly cost effective with every $1 spent on childhood vaccinations saving an estimated $5 in direct costs and a further $11 in indirect costs (loss of productivity, time away from work). Vaccine preventable diseases still occur in Australia despite ready access to safe and effective vaccines. This leads to increased use of GP services, time away from school and work, hospitalisation, disability and premature death.

WAPHA collaborates with the WA Immunisation Networks regarding strategies to continue to maintain and improve awareness and uptake of vaccinations both in the community and in general practice.

The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is now a whole of life register capturing adult and childhood immunisations. Vaccination providers will have secure access to a range of due and overdue reports, which will allow them to monitor vaccine uptake in both young children and older Australians.

Support to general practice is provided by WAPHA Primary Health Liaisons by:

  • assistance with requesting access to the AIR
  • assistance with initial login and authentication file
  • support with the use of the secure email function and data cleansing
  • working to improve timeliness and accuracy of data being reported to AIR
  • promoting the use of recall & reminder systems for all immunisations
  • providing general updates through regular communications
  • working with the Communicable Disease Control Directorate Prevention and Control Program to develop and promote appropriate interventions to improve immunisation coverage.

If you would like a Primary Health Liaison team member to contact you or your practice, please complete our contact form.

 

Resources for Health Professionals

 

  1. The Immunise Australia Program funds the purchase of vaccinations to protect millions of Australians from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Visit their website for useful information for both Health Professionals, Individuals and Families including:

  1. HealthPathways WA
  • Pathways have been localised to Western Australia for childhood, adolescent and adult immunisations. Pathways are also available on Influenza vaccination in WA, Adverse Events Following Immunisation, Cold Chain Breach and many more.
  • Request your free access and a demonstration for your practice via your WAPHA Primary Health Liaison or email the HealthPathways inbox: healthpathways@wapha.org.au
  1. WA Department of Health Infectious Diseases site
  • Tools, clinical resources and information for Health Professionals
  1. Get the Facts – Immunisation saves lives – The Australian Government Department of Health has launched a national immunisation campaign. Visit their newly launched site for consumer resources, videos and campaign material.
  2. National Immunisation Program (NIP) Expansion The Department of Health has developed a suite of communication materials in consultation with key immunisation stakeholders to support awareness and uptake of the new NIP expansion.

NIP expansion materials available:

  • Vaccination Provider Factsheet – 10 to 19 year old
  • Vaccination Provider Factsheet – Refugees and humanitarian entrants
  • Consumer Poster – 10 to 19 year old
  • Consumer flyer – 10 to 19-year old
  1. The Guide to Using AIR

User manual for including tips and screen shots for:

  • Requesting AIR access (GP and organisation logins)
  • Initial log in and downloading the authentication file
  • AIR secure email
  • Requesting reports on overdue immunisations per practice and provider.
  1. How to request an AIR 10A overdue report – WAPHA Information Sheet
  • Screen shots and tips for requesting your own 10A report to be produced regularly to assist your practice in recalling patients that are overdue for immunisations.

 Download here [pdf]

8. WAPHA Primary Health Liaison (PHL)

  • Your PHL can provide education and training on the Australia Immunisation Register including gaining access, requesting reports and using secure email to cleanse your practice data.

If you would like a Primary Health Liaison team member to contact you or your practice, please complete our contact form.

 

 

Immunisation Education for WA Immunisation Providers

The Western Australian Department of Health provides the following immunisation education for health professionals:

  1. Understanding vaccines and the national immunisation program
  • This course is an approved program of study leading to authorisation for registered nurses immunising in WA. However, please be reminded that in WA, nurses are to vaccinate under a medical order, unless they meet the requirements of the Vaccine Administration Code (VAC).
  • Nurses employed by the following groups meet the requirements of the VAC:
      • WA Health
      • Local government authority
      • Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia or employed by a health service that is a member of this Council
  1. WA Department of Health Immunisation Education page
  • Visit this page to see a comprehensive list of all other immunisation education available in the state including information for Aboriginal health worker immunisation course and midwife specific immunisation information.
  1. Online Immunisation Update

This is now offered online and serves as a refresher to:

  • Provide updates information
  • Influenza update
  • Public health perspective
  • Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation course
  • Immunisation Clinical Competency assessment – A guide for immunisation providers

Information for consumers

  1. Get the Facts – Immunisation saves lives – The Australian Government Department of Health has launched a national immunisation campaign. Visit their newly launched site for consumer resources, videos and campaign material.
  2. Healthy WA – consumer information published by WA Department of Health including disease specific information,
  3. National Immunisation Program (NIP) Expansion – The Department of Health has developed a suite of communication materials in consultation with key immunisation stakeholders to support awareness and uptake of the new NIP expansion.

NIP expansion materials available:

  • Vaccination Provider Factsheet – 10 to 19 year old
  • Vaccination Provider Factsheet – Refugees and humanitarian entrants
  • Consumer Poster – 10 to 19 year old
  • Consumer flyer – 10 to 19 year old