Immunisation provider training and education

Health professionals providing immunisations are required to be well informed about the vaccines they are administering, the mode of action, the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccines, the limitations, and the risks and complications of the diseases the vaccines aim to prevent.

The following will assist health professionals providing an immunisation service with the education to support them in attaining and maintaining the level of knowledge, skills and professionalism required to deliver a safe immunisation service.

Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program

Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program is an education program on understanding immunology and immunisation designed to assist health professionals to become confident and competent immunisers.

The course is a recognised program of study leading to approved health practitioners immunising without a medical order in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory. State and Territory legislation governs whether this certificate allows the health professional to immunise independent of a medical order.

Understanding Vaccines for Midwives-Vaccination requirements during pregnancy and early childhood

Understanding Vaccines for Midwives - Vaccination requirements during pregnancy and early childhood is an introduction to immunisation and key vaccines and topics relevant to midwives, and aims to equip midwives with the knowledge and skills to feel confident to engage with parents on the topic of vaccines and vaccination.

Understanding vaccines and adult vaccination requirements for workplace programs

Understanding vaccines and adult vaccination requirements for workplace programs has been designed to provide health professionals with knowledge and skills to competently deliver a high quality and safe immunisation services to adults. This program introduces the learner to comprehensive information on the theoretical and practical components of immunisation and guides them to utilise the relevant resources that support best practice when delivering an immunisation service.

The above online education courses are approved training programs in South Australia. For further information see Approvals for immunisation training programs and organisations delivering immunisation programs.

Immunisation: a training course for GPs

Immunisation: a course for GPs is an accredited learning activity that has been designed to maintain and further develop general practitioners’ (GPs) knowledge and expertise in immunisation to enable them to competently deliver a high quality and safe immunisation service. This course is temporarily unavailable. Applications are currently in progress for accreditation by the RACGP and The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine for the 2020-22 triennium.

Vaccinology Update conference

The SA Vaccinology Update conference is a partnership between the Robinson Research Institute, SA Health, South Australian Medical Health and Research Institute (SAHMRI)and the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

The annual SA Vaccinology Update conference focuses on:

  • important immunisation issues
  • the latest research
  • policy updates and initiatives related to immunisation.

More information is available from the Robinson Research Institute.

Yellow fever

The Department of Health has developed the National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers. A practitioner seeking to prescribe the yellow fever vaccine at a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre is required to successfully complete the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Course and obtain a completion certificate.