Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser)
Please note that due to the pandemic it is very difficult to secure a placement for immunisation. This course is undergoing accreditation with an optional placement. Once accreditation is finalised (approximately by the end of January) we will allow nurses to enrol in the course without first securing placement. Register your interest here to be notified when the new version of the course (offering an optional clinical placement) is open for application.
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.
Immunisation (Nurse Immuniser) is a recognised program of study which aligns with the “National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals”. The theoretical knowledge gained in this online elearning course prepares registered nurses to administer vaccines autonomously subject to local legislation.
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 learning outcomes of the program are consistent with the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals.
- Evaluate the impact immunisation programs have on public health including knowledge of strategies and resources to increase immunisation coverage rates in Australia.
- Explain the role of the National Immunisation Program and the National Immunisation program schedule in funding and vaccine service delivery.
- Describe the vaccine preventable diseases, the immune system, the vaccine components and how vaccines work and apply this knowledge to selecting vaccines for administration.
- 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.
- Discuss legal and ethical considerations for immunisation practice.
- 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.
- 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
- Complete 4 immunisations on children under two years of age
- Complete six other immunisations
- Competency assessment completed by a nurse immuniser or medical practitioner.
The course provides for ongoing assessment throughout the units with clinical case studies, short answer and multiple-choice questions.
The final assessment requires submission of the course interactivities included in the course tutorials (pass/fail), 8 units of self-assessment (end of topic tests), 10 case studies and an exam (80% pass mark).
A certificate is provided upon satisfactory completing of the course.
Course completion requires 100-150 hours of eLearning and 10 hours of clinical practice. Placement to be arranged by the student with a local immuniser. This course is delivered online and students can study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser.
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.
"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"
- Tracy Murphy, RN. RM. MANP, Nurse Immuniser
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).
- Current CPR certificate for adult, infant and children.
See FAQ section for further information.
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 or other immunisation provider.
- Placement must be confirmed with the placement coordinator and a risk assessment undertaken.
- Submission of a signed logbook following placement is required for the completion of the practical component.
Click on the ‘Enrol now’ button to be guided to the application form. The estimated timeframe for an application enrolment process is available below:
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: that due to the pandemic and the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19 all placements outside of your own workplace require a risk assessment prior to approval. There are currently very few placements available due to a backlog of students and preparation by immunisation providers for the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Unfortunately the opportunity for placement is extremely limited at this time,
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 100- 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 nurse with a medication endorsement can give a vaccine as prescribed by a doctor.
Q: What are the compliance requirements for placements outside of the workplace?
A: Valid Police check (free if completed through the University)
WWCC (student checks are free)
Please check the clinical placements portal for information on infectious disease and immunisation requirements:
Note: Fees apply for QuantiFERON gold (TB test), serology, immunisation and doctor’s visits.
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