Approved organisations for delivering specified immunisation programs

The Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulation 2011, sub regulation 18(3) provides authorisation for a registered health practitioner determined by the Minister, to administer vaccine without a medical order. The authorisation is conditional to the administration being in accordance the Vaccine Administration Code.

To meet the requirements of the legislation, a vaccine must be administered by:

  • a class of health practitioner approved by the Minister,
  • the health practitioner must have successfully completed an approved immunisation training program,
  • the vaccine is administered by a health practitioner working for an organisation that is approved by the Minister, and
  • the vaccine is administered as part of a specified immunisation program.

Specified Immunisation Programs

Specified immunisation programs are defined as:

  • the National Immunisation Program, including the current South Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP) and Annual Influenza Program schedules,
  • State funded immunisation programs:
    • Meningococcal B Immunisation Program
    • High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program
  • Other specified immunisation programs, include:
    • occupational health programs, as listed in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook,
    • Seasonal Influenza Program, or
    • Pharmacy Vaccination Service (including Pharmacy Influenza Vaccination Program)

Vaccine administration for the specified immunisation programs must be in accordance with the current recommendations as published in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Vaccines cannot be administered for the purposes of travel and the management of a tetanus prone wound.

Vaccines cannot be administered under the Code if they are not administered as part of a specified program.

Recognised organisations

Recognised health facilities are organisations that do not need to seek approval from the Minister for Health and Wellbeing (the Minister). These organisations include incorporated hospitals, SA Ambulance Service, councils and council subsidiaries.

Organisations wanting to administer vaccines as part of a specified immunisation program without medical orders require approval from the Minister.

How to apply to become an approved organisation

Pharmacies

The Organisations delivering immunisation programs: Information guide (PDF 240KB) programs: Information guide (PDF 240KB) outlines the requirements to become an approved organisation, including the application form (refer to appendix 1).

In addition, organisations seeking approval will need to apply to register with the Australian Immunisation Register see How to register as a provider and obtain access to AIR Information Guide (PDF 298KB) .

Other organisations

SA Health is currently reviewing the processes for the approval of other organisation and is not processing applications at present. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Approved organisations

Approved Pharmacies

See the list of SA Health approved pharmacies (PDF 412KB) to deliver immunisation services in South Australia.

Approved organisations

Organisations who are approved to deliver approved immunisation programs include:

  • Aspen Corporate Health
  • Australian Professional Health Services
  • Australian Vaccine Services Pty Ltd
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Desjan Pty Ltd trading as Pop-up Medics
  • Healthcare Australia
  • Industrial First Aid Services
  • Jobfit Health Group Pty Ltd
  • Kimberly-Clark Australia
  • Limestone Coast Health Unit Trust (Kingston Medical Centre)
  • Medimobile Pty Ltd
  • Medvet Science Pty Ltd
  • Nganampa Health Council
  • Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) SA Ltd
  • Health and Immunisation Management Services
  • South Australia Police
  • Sportsmed SA
  • The Investigator Clinic
  • VaxWorks Health Services Pty Ltd
  • Worcomp Pty Ltd