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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 the A 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:
    • Meningococcal B Immunisation Program,
    • High Risk Hepatitis B Immunisation Program
  • Other specified immunisation programs, including:
    • 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.

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.

Registered Nurses Approved Training Programs

A list of approved training programs by education provider:

  • SA Health
    • Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program
    • A Short Course on Immunology and Immunisation for Nurses (no longer available)

  • NT Health
    • About Giving Vaccines (no longer available)
  • WA Health
    • Immunisation Certification Program: Excellence in Immunisation, Theory and Clinical Competency (no longer available)
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne
    • Nurse Immuniser Program
  • Yangulla Centre Rural Health Training Unit, Queensland
    • Advanced Nursing Practice: Immunisation Course
  • University of Southern Queensland
    • Immunisation Nursing
  • Australian Catholic University, Queensland
    • Program for Nurse Immunisers
  • The Australian College of Nursing
    • Immunisation Course for Registered Nurses
  • Central Queensland Health Service District Education & Research Unit
    • Advanced Nursing Practice: Immunisation Course
  • Queensland Health, Education and Training Cunningham Centre
    • Immunisation Program – Registered Nurse Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996
  • University of Tasmania
    • Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses
  • The University of Melbourne, 
    General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre
    • Immunisation and Travel Health
  • The University of Melbourne, General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre 
    • Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser)

Registered Nurses to Administer Vaccines to Adults  Approved Training Programs

A list of approved training programs by education provider:

  • SA Health
    • Understanding Vaccines and Adult Vaccination Requirements for Workplace Programs

Midwives Approved Training Programs

A list of approved training programs by education provider:

  • SA Health
    • Understanding Vaccines for Midwives – Vaccination during pregnancy and early childhood

Pharmacists  Approved Training Programs

A list of approved training programs by education provider:

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Manage the delivery and administration of injections and immunisations

Prerequisite courses 

  • Understanding Vaccines and Adult Vaccination Requirements for Workplace Programs 

  • Understanding Influenza and the Influenza Vaccination Program (no longer available)

Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Vaccination service delivered by pharmacists

Prerequisite courses

  • Understanding Vaccines and Adult Vaccination Requirements for Workplace Programs
  • Understanding Influenza and the Influenza Vaccination Program (no longer available) 

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.










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