Immunisation: Education without the Pain

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) facilitated seven lunchtime immunisation sessions in September 2018. Each educational session focused primarily on immunisation but also had updates concerning diabetes and cervical screening with over 200 practice nurses attending.  Primary Health Liaisons attended each of the sessions and networked with the practice nurses.

The immunisation sessions were facilitated by Jane Gardiner from Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control and covered topics such as an update of the schedule changes to the National Immunisation Program, catch-up scenarios, vaccine preventative diseases, and ways to encourage better immunisation rates throughout WA.

Following the immunisation presentation, staff from Diabetes WA presented an informative session about the National Diabetes Services Scheme and the Desmond program for people living with Diabetes. The program empowers people living with diabetes which in turn benefits the health professional relationship resulting in better outcomes for people living with diabetes.

The sessions ended with a cervical screening update from WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program.  The practice nurses had an update concerning self-collection, recalls, reminders and cervical action plans (PDSAs).

The sessions were so well received that WAPHA plans to deliver similar content in 2019.

For more information about immunisation, visit the Practice Assist website.