Immunisation

Immunisation is essential to good community health

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against communicable and environmental diseases before they are exposed to them. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of disease. 

EMPHN aims to support primary care practitioners to deliver quality immunisation services by providing the following:

  • education events around schedule updates and changes to the immunisation program
  • assistance with reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • webinars on immunisation topics 
  • EMPHN is currently supporting 20 nurses working in the EMPHN catchment to complete the Nurse Immuniser Course. In early 2019 another 20 places will be available to eligible nurses in our catchment.

We work in partnership with key stakeholders in the immunisation community including General Practice,  the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Immunisation Program and local government immunisation services.

Programs EMPHN is currently supporting include:

  • Mobile Influenza service for hard to reach populations across the catchment
  • Innovation in Immunisation program to improve childhood immunisation rates
  • Increasing numbers of Nurse Immunisers across the catchment

Useful immunisation websites:

Immunisation Victoria 

DHS Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) eLearning education modules

Australian Immunisation Register for Health Professionals 

Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition 

Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre 

National Vaccine Storage Guidelines ‘Strive for 5’     

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Immunisation Service - 1300 882 924   

Becoming a Nurse Immuniser:

The DHHS has compiled a list of the 'Nurse Immuniser programs of study' and 'Immuniser programs of study,' which are recognised by the Chief Health Officer of Victoria.