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Overview

Public health programs aim to prevent disease in communities by promoting health and wellbeing. Clean water and immunisation have been described as the two public health interventions which have made the greatest impact on world health. Immunisation programs are cost effective, have multiple societal and other health benefits and have the potential to reduce inequities in health for the most vulnerable populations. Public vaccination programs are very safe and underpinned by research, testing and surveillance.

OVERVIEW

Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) is a recognised program of study which aligns with the “National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals”. This eLearning course provides an overview of public health and immunisation from a local and global context. The vaccines used on the national immunisation program, the recommendations for their use and revision of the immune system are studied to prepare nurses to administer vaccines autonomously.

In addition, the consideration of the legal and ethical requirements for the administration of immunisations, the management of adverse events, the control of the cold chain and the organisational requirements of an immunisation service prepare nurses for practice in a variety of situations. On successful completion of this course you can practice as a nurse immuniser in Victoria. Nurses working in other states should check if this course will attract recognition of prior learning with their local state or territory health department.

The course is assessed with clinical case studies, short answer and multiple-choice questions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The learning outcomes of the program are consistent with the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals.

  1. Evaluate the impact immunisation programs have on public health including knowledge of strategies and resources to increase immunisation coverage rates in Australia.
  2. Explain the role of the National Immunisation Program and the National Immunisation program schedule in funding and vaccine service delivery.
  3. Describe the vaccine preventable diseases, the immune system, the vaccine components and how vaccines work and apply this knowledge to selecting vaccines for administration.
  4. Apply knowledge of the various vaccines on the National Immunisation Program, understand the risks and benefits of vaccination and utilise relevant information resources to gain informed consent from parents and adults who present for vaccination.
  5. Discuss legal and ethical considerations for immunisation practice.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the cold chain national guidelines, the management and reporting of adverse events and the principles of accurate documentation and reporting requirements that are essential for the delivery of a safe immunisation service.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

Successful completion of Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) will entitle participants to receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), by way of exempt credit for the elective subject Immunisation and Travel Health (GENP90017) within the University of Melbourne’s Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing (GC-PCN).

This RPL must be requested upon enrolment into the Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing, a copy of the Certificate of Completion for the Immuniser (Nurse Immuniser) short course must be provided, and studies in the Graduate Certificate must be commenced within 2 years of completing the short course.

TESTIMONIALS

I highly recommend this course, the content was easy to follow, activities were engaging and appropriate. The facilitator Tracy was fantastic - very encouraging, knowledgeable and always so prompt in response to any questions. Supportive and prompt administrator staff. Student online communication platform (Facebook) a great resource to connect and bounce off questions and ideas. Thoroughly enjoyed this course

    COURSE OUTLINE

    COURSE UNITS

  • Tutorial 1: Immunisation and the community
  • Tutorial 2: The Anatomy of Immunisations
  • Tutorial 3: Vaccination Procedures
  • Tutorial 4: Immunisation Emergencies and Reporting of Adverse Events
  • Tutorial 5: Special Immunisation Requirements
  • Tutorial 6: Catch Up
  • Tutorial 7: Vaccination Storage Guidelines
  • Tutorial 8: Immunisation Clinics and You
  • PRACTICAL COMPONENT

  • Complete 4 immunisations on children under two years of age
  • Complete six other immunisations
  • Competency assessment completed by a nurse immuniser or medical practitioner.
  • RECOMMENDED READING

    Current Australian Immunisation Handbook (online edition)

    ASSESSMENT

    The assessment is submission of the course interactivities included in the course tutorials (pass/fail), 8 units of self-assessment, 10 case studies and an exam (80% pass mark).

    A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completing of the course.

    DELIVERY MODE

    Course completion requires 150 hours of eLearning and 10 hours of clinical practice. Placement to be arranged by the student with a local immuniser.

    Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and at their own pace. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning education App on mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones (iOS, Android or Windows) or via a computer internet browser.

    Course Completion Steps

    COURSE LEADERS

    COURSE COORDINATOR

    Tracy Murphy RN. RM. MANP
    Nurse Immuniser

    COURSE FEES

    This course is online and students can commence as soon as their application paperwork is complete and their placement is approved. Once you have registered for the course, you will have lifetime access to the course content.

    Placement in own workplace - $825 (incl. GST)

    The theory component should be completed 12 weeks from the date you have access to the course material. On successful completion of the theory students have six months in which to complete the clinical placements, however, in special circumstances course extensions can be provided.

    PLEASE NOTE: Please note that all students completing placement at Barwon health must apply through the ‘Placement not in own work place’ portal as all students including employees need to complete pre placement compliance.

    Placement not in own workplace - $835 (incl. GST)

    PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Health has provided new guidance on clinical placements to reduce the risk of transmission especially to vulnerable clients. While we understand that your placement is important we have made the decision to temporarily suspend clinical placements that occur outside of the students own workplace. In addition, we will only accept enrolments from students who have a confirmed clinical placement. We are sorry to take this action but believe that it is necessary for the safety of mothers and babies.

    Scholarship Opportunity:

    This opportunity is for primary health care professionals and support staff to undertake education and training (up to $5,000). The applicant must work in the South Eastern Region of Melbourne or show clear evidence of intention to work in the region. This includes the Shire of Cardinia and Cities of Casey and Greater Dandenong only.

    Click here for more information.

    COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    • Currently registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse in (Division 1) with General Registration.
    • 1 year of full time or equivalent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in Division 1.
    • Confirmed placement for practical component (further information below).
    • Valid Police check, WWCC and Immunisation and blood borne virus declaration (Confirmation by employer also accepted).

    PRACTICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    • Applicant is required to work up to 10 hours of clinical practice with a local immuniser.
    • Applicants may use their current workplace or alternatively should seek placement with a local council. If you are unable to source a placement, please email mobile learning for assistance.
    • Placement will be confirmed with Course Coordinator.
    • Submission of a signed logbook during placement is required for the practical component.

    ACCREDITATION

    APNA Accreditation

    This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 120 CPD hours.

    This course will allow you to practice as an independent nurse immuniser in Victoria. Nurses from other states will need to confirm their eligibility with their relevant State health Department.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Q: What is the requirements for infection and immunisation?

    A: The requirements for infection and immunisation are detailed here: https://mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-students/placements/students/requirements/infection

    Q: How many vaccinations do I need to do during my placement?

    A: Students must complete ten immunisations, and four of these must be on children under two.

    Q: Do you have any information for preceptors?

    A: Please download the Preceptor Handbook here. New preceptors who satisfy the registration criteria can be added to the list by downloading and completing the registration form here.

    Q: Can I start and complete the course anytime?

    A: Students completing ‘Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser)’ course have six months following eLearning course completion in which to complete their clinical placements. Please ensure that you organise your placement early as preceptors may take holidays or be sick unexpectedly.

    Q: Will this course allow me to practice as an independent nurse immuniser?

    A: The course will allow you to practice as an independent nurse immuniser in Victoria.

    Q: When organising a placement for the Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) course, do I receive help from the University?

    A: It is the responsibility of the student to secure their own placement. The most likely place for you to complete your placement is at your own workplace, local council or a local GP practice if they have an immunisation clinic.

    Q: What if I completed my nurse experience overseas?

    A: You will need to show evidence of your experience as a Division one nurse during your time overseas and your experience in Australia before a decision could be made. You will need to provide a hospital payslip from AU that shows the grade you are paid at. In general, anything at or above RN Grade 2 Year 2 would indicate you had one year of full-time experience. Otherwise, a letter from your previous employer in English stating your hours of experience as a Registered Nurse will suffice. A decision will be made by the Course Director (Tracy Murphy), please send attachments to mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

    Q: Am I required to have found a placement when I apply for the course?

    A: Yes, you need to have secured a placement (with a preceptor) when you apply for the course. New preceptors who satisfy the registration criteria can be added to the list by downloading and completing the registration form here

    Q: Does the university help with sourcing placements?

    A: The university maintains a small preceptor list, which you can access here.

    Q: When can I start the placement?

    A: You must complete and pass the theory before you can commence your placement. The theory takes approximately 150 hours to complete. If you start the theory component in February, it should take 12 weeks to complete so you would be looking at doing the placement in May/June.

    Q: I am an enrolled nurse, can I become a nurse immuniser?

    A: The Drugs and Poisons legislation in Victoria restricts the administration of vaccines (without the order of a medical practitioner) to Division 1 nurses who have completed a Nurse Immuniser program of study. Enrolled nurses cannot legally give vaccines on their own authority. An enrolled nurses with a medication endorsement can give a vaccine as prescribed by a doctor.

    APPLICATION TIMELINES

    The estimated timeframe for an application enrolment process is available below:

    E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

    T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information

Fees

Placement in own workplace: AUD $825 (incl. GST)

Placement not in own workplace: AUD $835 (incl. GST)

Location

Online

Entry requirements

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Currently registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse in (Division 1) with General Registration. 1 year of full time or equivalent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in Division 1. Confirmed placement for practical component (further information below). Valid Police check, WWCC and Immunisation and blood borne virus declaration (Confirmation by employer also accepted). PRACTICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicant is required to work up to 10 hours of clinical practice with a local immuniser. Applicants may use their current workplace or alternatively should seek placement with a local council. If you are unable to source a placement, please email mobile learning for assistance. Placement will be confirmed with Course Coordinator. Submission of a signed logbook during placement is required for the practical component.