Approved immunisation training 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 with the Vaccine Administration Code (PDF 452KB).

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 approved organisation 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:
  • Other specified immunisation programs, including:
    • occupational health programs, as listed in the online Australian Immunisation Handbook
    • Seasonal Influenza Program
    • 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.

What courses are approved?

Any immunisation educational program that has been approved, including those from other State or Territory Health Departments for authorisation of registered health practitioners, is recognised as an approved training program by SA Health for registered nurse immunisers.

The approved courses for registered nurses, midwives and pharmacists are listed in the following document: Approved Immunisation Education Programs in South Australia (PDF 249KB).

How to become an approved training program

The process for national endorsement of immunisation education programs is currently under review, and once finalised, this will be the process SA implements.