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Latest Immunisation Update
16 November Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Is a 5th dose recommended?
  • Pfizer Bivalent (Grey) 18+ booster - Commences 12 December 2022
  • Pfizer (Maroon) 6 months to 4 years– Commences 16 January 2023
  • New and updated resources
  • Expansion of the NSW pharmacist vaccination program
9 November Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • New COVID-19 wave – Are your patients up to date with vaccines?
  • COVID-19 vaccine demand expected to increase – place order now
  • 3 months since first booster? Time for a second booster
  • Significant updates to the ATAGI infographic: COVID-19 doses and vaccines
  • Expanded access to Japanese Encephalitis vaccine

2 November Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Ensure your patients are up to date with COVID boosters
  • Declining HPV vaccine uptake in adolescents
  • COVID-19 vaccines and menstruation
  • Monkeypox Vaccination Training course
  • Expanded authority for Authorised Nurse Immunisers
  • Upcoming immunisation webinar topics: COVID-19, MPX, Shingles, Pregnancy

 

Upcoming immunisation webinars:

 

 

 

26 October Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Boosters for children 5 to 11 years
  • MPX vaccine - Expanded access 
  • Zoster catch-up funding - ends soon
  • Discontinued: Moderna Original 
  • Caution: Dosing & administration errors
  • Module: The Well Child Health program
  • Updated: NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards
  • ATAGI 2022 annual immunisation statement

WEBINARS: Upcoming 

 

19 October Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • NSW Health: Pneumovax 23 update
  • Overdue childhood vaccination report
  • Vaccine decision-making tools in 5 new languages
  • RACF workers – are you up to date with COVID-19 boosters?
  • Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children
  • Updated NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards

 Upcoming immunisation webinars:

12 October Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • ATAGI clinical guidance: Moderna Bivalent updates
  • Moderna Bivalent training module: Reminder to complete
  • AIR vaccine code: MODBIV
  • EOI: Paediatric Moderna (6 Months To 5 Years)
  • Multicultural resources – When to get your COVID-19 vaccination
  • Monkeypox (MPX) updated resources
5 October Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Training module: Moderna Bivalent booster vaccine
  • Who can have the Moderna bivalent booster vaccine?
  • Vaccine administration errors – Updated Guidance for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Information pack for multicultural communities about COVID-19
28 September Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Disease notification - Which conditions are GPs required to report?
  • ANIs and RACFs now able to apply for an AIR provider number 
  • MPX - NEW clinics, referral process and administration advice 
  • GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists needed 
  • Community attitudes on influenza vaccination
  • Myocarditis and Pericarditis - updated guidance
  • Third primary dose in severely immunocompromised – updated recommendations

 

 

21 September Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

 

  • Rabies in general practice 
  • Transferring NIP vaccines – is it allowed? 
  • Moderna Bivalent 18+ rollout  
  • NEW: COVID-19 vaccine exemption – patient factsheet  
  • Nurse Scholarship: Authorised Immuniser course 
14 September Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Measles notification in SESLHD
  • Moderna Bivalent vaccine (Original/Omicron BA.1)
  • Nurse Scholarship
7 September Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

 

  • Monkeypox webinar update
  • Childhood immunisation coverage data - June 2022
  • Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Paediatric COVID-19 vaccine rollout commences
  • Nurse scholarship
  • Webinar: Adolescent Vaccination
  • Webinar: NCIRS 25 Year Anniversary Showcase live stream

 

 

31 August Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

 

  • Immunisation Scholarship: for Practice Nurses
  • Monkeypox: ATAGI clinical guidance
  • Reminder: Update VFC & Vaccine Disposal
  • Paediatric Moderna resources: Training module & Consent form
  • Novavax vaccine for adolescents aged 12-17 years
  • Vaccine Administration Errors: management guidelines
  • COVID-19 In-Reach Vaccination PIP extension
  • Dinner event: Shingrix education for GPs, nurses, and pharmacists

 

 

24 August Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Takie a break from COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Monkeypox - Local transmission 
  • Disability - Vaccination services 
  • AIR functions integrated in MD and BP 
  • CoRiCal - risk calculator
  • Pregnancy - 4th dose advice
  • Moderna Paediatric - not recommended for all children
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies song 'I got you'
  • Surveillance program - Myocarditis
17 August Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • MPX - JYNNEOS consent form & factsheet 
  • Pneumosmart clinical tool
  • Thaw expiry stickers Pfizer and Moderna
  • Paed Moderna - EOI notifications & commencement date
  • Oral treatments - no Medicare card
  • Multicultural resources for COVID-19
  • Upcoming immunisation webinars
10 August Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Alert: Meningococcal Disease
  • Co-administration of vaccine
  • MPX vaccine rollout 
  • MPX preparedness in General Practice
  • Paid Zoom interview $150 
  • Flu reimbursement - Vendor set up
  • Register interest for MPX vaccine
3 August Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to <5 years
  • Monkeypox (MPX): vaccine access & availability
  • New AIR code for smallpox vaccine
  • GP knowledge gaps with Zostavax use in the immunocompromised
27 July Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Webinar recording: Managing respiratory infections in general practice 
  • Ukrainians in NSW: Access to immunisation and health services
  • Immunisation providers needed to help shape the future of AIR 
  • Fourth dose eligibility – Quick reference guide
  • Increasing rates of vaccinations of people with an intellectual disability
  • TGA provisionally approves Novavax for use in 12-17 year olds
  • EOI: Paediatric Moderna in General practice 
20 July Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Flu vaccine reimbursement form
  • Health professional education resources 
  • Need to improve booster and winter booster doses
  • Interval between SARS-CoV-2 infection and re-infection / vaccination
  • People with disability urged to get a booster
  • Updated VCF Connect User Guide
  • TGA provisionally approves Paediatric Moderna vaccine
13 July Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Authorised nurse immuniser scholarship
  • Free flu vaccine end this Sunday, 17 July
  • Expanded winter dose eligibility
  • Long COVID
  • How many COVID-19 vaccine doses do you need?
  • Webinar: Supporting GPs to manage influenza and respiratory infections
  • Winter wellness: launch of ‘Ask the Question’ campaign
6 July Immunisation Weekly Update

 READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Free flu shots extended to 17 July
  • Diphtheria cases in NSW
  • Communicating with people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19
  • SKAI Healthcare Providers Survey
  • Current wave of infections in NSW driven by Omicron BA.4 and BA.5
  • Novavax as a booster update
  • Winter booster eligibility
  • Proposed changes to menB vaccine recommendations
  • Zostavax (shingles vaccine) supply issues
  • ANI Scholarship for General Practice nurses
29 June Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Monkeypox (MPX) resources
  • Booster dose protects against Omicron
  • Novavax as a booster dose
  • Vaccination campaigns
  • Influenza vaccination coverage 2022 
  • Vaccine Administration Errors
  • Opportunistic vaccination against flu and COVID-19
  • Vaccine Acceptance in General Practice
22 June Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  22 June - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Long COVID management 
  • Measles case identified
  • High influenza activity in children
  • Coverage rates in Canterbury-Bankstown LGA
  • Speaking to parents about vaccines 
  • Novavax shelf-life extension
15 June Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  15 June - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • First booster dose for at-risk 12-15 year olds
  • GP reimbursement form for flu vaccines
  • Do you know your Power Failure Action Plan?
  • Updated pregnancy clinical advice 
  • Authorised Nurse Immuniser - Policy Directive update
8 June Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  8 June - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Free flu vaccine in June 
  • Zostavax and Prevenar 13 supply issues
  • Whooping couch vaccine in pregnancy
  • Japanese encephalitis virus - Health professionals kit
  • Get ready for winter
  • mRNA can be used until end of day on thaw used by date
1 June Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  1 June - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Free flu vaccine in June
  • Flu vaccine orders - SVC
  • Updated COVID-19 vaccine flowchart
  • Winter booster for at-risk people aged 16 to 64 years
25 May Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  25 May - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Childhood immunisation coverage rates
  • Aboriginal vaccination and cultural awareness training
  • Influenza vaccination for children under 5 years
  • Updated ATAGI statement on the Clinical use of Zoster vaccine
  • Karen Orr Nurse Education Scholarship - 2022 applications now open
18 May Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  18 May - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Australian immunisation handbook update
  • Minimum order for pfizer decreased to 60 doses
  • Errors relating to shelf-life extension of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Latest updates to clinical guidance for COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID-19 and flu vaccine can be administered at the same time
  • AusVaxSafety 2022 flu vaccine safety data now available
11 May Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  11 May - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Practice nurse orientation event
  • Opportunistic shingles vaccination
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: COVID-19 update
  • Adolescent vaccines now available in pharmacies
  • Winter preparedness and flu vaccine
  • International Nurses Day 2022
3 May Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  3 May - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Indigenous: Adult immunisations 
  • Indigenous: COVID-19 vaccine uptake
  • mRNA vaccine dose interval extended to 8 weeks
  • ATAGI flowchart: COVID-19 vaccine recommendation by age and population group
  • Defer COVID-19 vaccination for 3 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • RAT now acceptable for temporary vaccine exemption
  • IFNAR1 Deficiency and serious adverse events following immunisation
  • SPIKEVAX Bivalent Zero/Omicron COVID-19 vaccine 
  • Webinar: Preventing shingles and its complications
27 April Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  27 April - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Immunisation for Indigenous children
  • Pharmacy: Fluad Quad 
  • Flu vaccine for children under 5 years
  • MBS items: COVID-19 and Flu co-administration 
  • Low vaccination uptake in children for COVID-19
  • Why is a Booster dose important?
20 April Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  20 April - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Vaccine withdrawals
  • Second dose due for 5-11 year olds  
  • Booster dose NOT recommended for 12–15 year olds
  • Winter dose: Error advice
  • Influenza vaccine uptake  
  • Importance of HPV vaccine course completion
13 April Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  13 April - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Booster doses not recommended for people aged 12-15 years
  • Site or vaccine withdrawals from COVID-19 program
  • Extenstion of MBS items and  COVID-19 incentives
  • Novavax safety data
  • Use of sedation for COVID-19 vaccination
  • In-language videos about COVID-19 vaccination
  • Childhood COVID-19 vaccine coverage
  • Flu vaccine safety data
  • Campaign: "Help stop the flu in 2022"
  • Eligibility for NIP flu vaccine
  • CAT plus - flu season preparedness
  • Webinar recording: Managing influenza and SARS-CoV-2 in winter 2022
6 April Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  6 April - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • New COVID-19 vaccine certificate for children
  • COVID-19 vaccine coverage in children 
  • Factors influencing COVID-19 vaccine uptake - a guide
  • Free flu vaccine for patients at higher risk 
  • Fluad Quad 2022 now available in pharmacies
  • Influenza FAQs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • COVID-19 winter booster doses
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
30 March Immunisation Weekly Update

Watch recording: CESPHN Immunisation update 2022 webinar

READ NOW:  30 Mar - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • 'Winter booster dose' of COVID-19 vaccine
  • ‘Hey EVA’ – book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment
  • Flu vaccine deliveries commenced!
  • New influenza vaccination resources 2022 now available
  • School vaccination for adolescents 2022 
  • 'It’s worth the shot' - online training package
23 March Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  23 Mar - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Poster: Why should I get a booster?
  • Mandatory boosters for disability workers
  • COVID cases in Australia are on the rise
  • COVID-19 vaccination coverage in children by LGA
  • Children experience fewer side effects from COVID-19 vaccine
  • Japanese Encephalitis Virus - Update
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder (VCF) Connect – User Guide – March 2022
16 March Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  16 Mar - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • CESPHN's annual Immunisation update 2022
  • Apply for a practice AIR provider number
  • Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) response
  • Novavax as a booster
  • Novavax safety data
  • Moderna 6-11 training
  • COVID-19 A3 comparison poster
  • Vaccination by LGA for 5-11 years
  • Webinar: Practice Nurse Orientation
9 March Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  9 Mar - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Floods and vaccines
  • Japanese Encephalitis in NSW
  • Flu vaccine update
  • Vaccine administration errors
  • Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?
2 March Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 3 March - GP update webinar (12.30pm)

READ NOW:  2 Mar - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Influenza Vaccine 2022
  • AIR042A report update
  • NSW Health Exemption Form
  • Boosters required for up-to-date status
  • Booster - updated advice
  • VCF connect registration
  • Appointment Translation
  • Tree of Community
  • Temporary medicatl exemptions - COVID vaccine
  • Palliative care - COVID vaccine
  • Immunocompromise - COVID vaccine
23 February Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 24 Feb - GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  23 Feb - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • CESPHN's Annual Immunisation Update 2022
  • Moderna rollout for people 6+ years
  • Shelf-life extension for Pfizer 12+
  • Zostavax fatalities warning
  • Discount code: Authorised Nurse Immuniser course for RNs
  • Novavax rollout commences 
  • Booster for RACF workers
  • COVID-19 vaccine branded badges
  • TIP approach to improve childhood vaccination rates
  • Guidance on medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Guidance on use of multi-dose vials
  • NCIRS webinar: Getting back to immunisation business as usual
16 February Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 17 Feb - GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  16 Feb - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • COVID-19 vaccine exemptions 
  • Booster for 16-17 year old 
  • AIR042A booster report
  • Defining 'up-to-date' status  
  • Boosters for RACF workers  
  • PIP incentive for RACF in-reach   
  • Severely immunocompromised update
  • International travel update 
  • Nuvaxovid (Novavax) Update
  • AZ booster for 18+ year olds
  • Needle phobia
  • Sputnik V on AIR
  • Revaccination following non-recognised vaccine
  • NSW Pharmacist vaccination standards update
  • VCF Connect update 
9 February Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 10 Feb - GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  9 Jan - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Vaccine Clinic Finder Connect
  • Booster doses for 16-17 years
  • Notification of elegibility of COVID-19 booster vaccinations
  • Novavax 
  • CVIP and Commonwealth Booking Platform
  • Webinar: Meningococcal B 
  • COSSI Annual Report
2 February Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 3 Feb - GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  2 Jan - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Novavax training module
  • Vaccine deferral after COVID-19 infection reduced to 4 months
  • Booster doses for 16-17 years
  • Booster doses are now listed on COVID-19 digital certificates
  • Rapid Antigen Testing – Concessional Access Program factsheet
  • COVID-19 vaccine well tolerated by children
25 January Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 27 January GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  25 Jan - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Novavax provisionally approved by TGA
  • AIR042A report - practice report
  • Booster dose interval shortened to 3 months
  • Dose intervals for vaccination of 5-11 year old children
  • Third primary dose for immunocompromised children
  • Vaccine exemption following COVID infection – 6 weeks or 6 months?
  • TGA COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report
  • Shingrix approved for use in people ages 18 year and over
  • Authorised Nurse Immuniser course recognised
19 January Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 20 January GP update webinar 

WATCH NOW: SLHD HealthPathways – Managing COVID-19 patients in general practice

WATCH NOW: SESLHD HealthPathways – Managing COVID-19 patients in general practice

READ NOW:  19 Jan - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • ATAGI advice: Gardasil®9 in the school-based NIP
  • COVID-19 vaccine stock management and delivery delays
  • COVID-19 vaccine in the severely immunocompromised
  • Vaccines recognised for the purpose of travel to Australia
  • Have you completed the relevant training for vaccinating 5 to 11 year old children?
  • Submit your AIR forms online using the upload function in HPOS
  • Testing for Australian Immunisation Handbook App
12 January Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 13 January GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  12 Jan - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • COVID-19 vaccine Defrost Expiry Calculator
  • COVID-19 vaccine Delivery Note
  • COVID-19 vaccination program (5-11 years)
  • ‘MFG Date’ on Paediatric Pfizer vials
  • Uploading Paediatric Pfizer vaccines to AIR
  • Medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Booster $10 incentive
  • Booster (4th dose) for the immunocompromised
6 January Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 6 January GP update webinar 

READ Immunisation Article: 7 Jan: COVID-19 vaccine Delivery Note & Expiry dates

21 December Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  20 Dec - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • COVID-19 status report (AIR042A) funding program
  • Christmas closure
  • MMRV vaccine shortage
  • New Pfizer Paediatric COVID-19 vaccine training module!
  • Booster update - earlier than 5 months 
  • Pregnancy, breastfeeding and COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID-19 vaccine ordering
  • Protect your vaccines over Summer
  • AIR - faxed forms
  • Vaccine Administration Partners Program (VAPP)
15 December Immunisation Weekly Update

READ NOW:  15 Dec - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • NSW Vaccine Centre Christmas Closure
  • New AIR COVID-19 vaccine report (AIR042 report)
  • Vaccine Clinic Finder Connect
  • COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 years
  • Order and delivery of the Pfizer vaccine for children
  • COVID-19 booster 5 months after second dose
  • Moderna approved for use as a booster dose
8 December Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 9 December GP update webinar 

READ NOW:  8 Dec - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • ATAGI advice on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2021
  • Omicron variant and COVID-19 booster doses
  • New COVID-19 vaccine decision aid
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme
  • COVID-19 vaccines and fertility
  • COVID-19 vaccine information for children
1 December Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 2 December GP update webinar

READ NOW:  1 Dec - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Infanrix Hexa supply issues
  • New clinical guidelines for anaphylaxis management
  • My Health Record COVID-19 vaccination dashboard
  • What is the definition of “fully vaccinated”?
  • Updated guidance on temporary medical exemptions
  • Pfizer and Moderna – thaw use by date vs manufacture expiry date
  • FAQs for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots
  • FAQs about pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccine safety data for specific populations groups
  • The role and responsibilities of an EN
  • FREE online course on the National Immunisation Program
24 November Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 25 November GP update webinar

READ NOW:  24 Nov - Immunisation Weekly newsletter  - topics include:

  • COVID-19 booster doses - Clinical
  • COVID-19 booster doses - AIR
  • Recording COVID-19 vaccinations on AIR
  • Update to NSW pharmacist vaccination standards
  • Reminder EOI: CESPHN Immunisation working group
  • A course in vaccination and immunisation science
  • NCIRS webinar: COVID-19 in children and adolescents: vaccines, transmission at school and disease outcome
17 November Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 18 November GP update webinar

READ NOW:  17 Nov - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • EOI: CESPHN Immunisation working group
  • COVID-19 vaccination highly effective during Delta outbreak in NSW
  • In case you missed it: COVID-19 vaccines given overseas
  • NCIRS webinar: COVID-19 in children and adolescents: vaccines, transmission at school and disease outcomes
  • NPS Podcast: Talking to parents about the COVID vaccine
  • Nursing Australia Week – 22-26 November
  • Short survey for immunisation providers: improve vaccine safety surveillance in Australia
10 November Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 11 November GP update webinar

READ NOW:  10 Nov - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • EOI: Immunisation working group
  • Adolescents may present at GP for routine vaccination
  • Recording COVID-19 vaccine dose numbers for boosters
  • Updated training modules for COVID-19 booster shots
  • Updated: COVID-19 vaccines and the AIR
  • Use of a different COVID-19 vaccine as the second dose
  • COVID-19 vaccination for women who are pregnant
  • COVID-19 vaccination of people with immunocompromise: updated information
  • Myocarditis and Pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines
  • ATAGI 2021 annual statement on immunisation
3 November Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 4 November GP update webinar

READ NOW:  3 Nov - Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • ATAGI advice on booster doses
  • Updated Clinical Guidance – Version 7.4
  • Overseas COVID-19 vaccine brands that can be recorded on the AIR
  • TGA recognises two more overseas COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccine wastage
  • Specialist Assessment and Supervised Vaccination Clinics
  • PRODA and delegations - Are your delegations still current? 
27 October Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 28 October GP update webinar

READ NOW:  27 October Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • NSW Health - Influenza vaccine and Stock rotation
  • NSW Immunisation Schedule - October 2021
  • Authorised nurse immuniser course recognition
  • TGA approves booster Pfizer doses
  • Discussion guide for medical exemptions
20 October Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 21 October GP update webinar

READ NOW:  20 October Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Extension to the Zostavax® shingles catch-up program!
  • Scope of practice guide for administering vaccines
  • International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Vaccination post COVID-19 infection
  • Collection of excess COVID-19 vaccines for redistribution
  • Expired COVID-19 vaccines
  • AusVaxSafety 2020 Summary Report
  • Removal of maximum dose number for Bexsero
13 October Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 14 October GP update webinar

READ NOW:  13 October Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Update on school vaccination during COVID-19
  • Batch numbers/Lot numbers for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine for severely immunocompromised
  • Vaccination after testing positive for COVID-19
6 October Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 7 October GP update webinar

READ NOW: 6 October Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • mRNA vaccines for people 60+
  • Invalid COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • Medical exemptions on AIR
  • Overseas COVID-19 vaccine recognition
  • Children COVID-19 safety data and FAQs
29 September Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 30 September GP update webinar

READ NOW: 29 September Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination Posters and Flyers
  • Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • AusVaxSafety COVID-19 vaccine safety data
  • Closure of AIR authentication files
  • Article: COVID-19 in under 12's
  • Medical clearance notice - Release and recovery from COVID-19
  • Batch numbers must be entered into AIR
22 September Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 23 September GP update webinar

READ NOW: 22 September Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Excess Pfizer vaccines
  • Temporary exemption form for people with a past SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Renew delegations in PRODA for AIR access
  • COVID-19 vaccination in young adolescents
15 September Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 16 September GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 15 September Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • NSW School vaccination program
  • Everyone aged over 12 is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Updated ATAGI Clinical guidance
  • Drive-Through Vaccination Clinics
  • COVID-19 vaccination in workplaces
  • Updated NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards
  • COVID-19 Delta variant in schools and early childhood education
8 September Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 9 September GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 8 September Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Overseas COVID-19 vaccinations, reporting to AIR
  • COVID-19 Digital certificates and mixed vaccination schedules
  • Vaccination advice for patients who have had COVID-19 infection
  • Consent to vaccination for minors
  • Updates to the Catch-up Calculator
  • Authorised nurse immuniser course - Commonwealth supported places
  • Statewide Protocol for supply or administration of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna vaccine - provisional approval in individuals aged 12 years and older
  • Extended deadline for authorised workers in LGAs of concern
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme
1 September Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 2 September GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 1 September Immunisation Weekly newslette- topics include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination following infection with COVID-19
  • Call out for RNs and pharmacist immunisers to work shifts in general practice delivering COVID-19 vaccines
  • Pfizer for adolescents aged 12 -15 years
  • Recording COVID-19 vaccinations for non-Medicare patients on the AIR
  • No Fault COVID-19 Indemnity Scheme
  • Pfizer aged care vaccine hubs
  • Spikevax (Moderna) mandatory e-learning module now available
  • NSW Pharmacist Vaccination Standards
  • Childhood coverage rates continue to improve within CESPHN region
  • Meningococcal Vaccination
  • COVID-19 live stream update for GPs
  • New resources
25 August Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   26 Aug GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 25 Aug Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • CESPHN Scholarship for Authorised Nurse Immuniser course
  • Call out for RNs to work shifts in general practice delivering COVID-19 vaccines
  • Priority Pfizer appointments
  • COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to be expanded to 16-39-year-olds from August 30
  • Clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine in Australia in 2021 (v7.0)
  • NDIS children aged 12 to 15
  • Name change of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca to VAXZEVRIA
  • Commonwealth Booking System
  • COVID-19 vaccination services must be bulk-billed
18 August Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   19 Aug GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 18 Aug Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Maintaining routine immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pfizer doses for people aged 16-39 in LGAs of concern
  • Aged care and disability COVID-19 vaccine clinics
  • Authorised worker priority appointments
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker updates
  • COVID-19 vaccines for Medicare ineligible patients
  • TGA provisionally approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine 
11 August Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   12 Aug GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 11 Aug Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Call-out for GPs, pharmacists, and nurses to assist in vaccination
  • Who is eligible for Pfizer?
  • Access to Pfizer vaccine for eligible patients aged ≥ 60 years
  • NSW Health walk-in vaccination clinics
  • Aged care and disability vaccination clinics
  • Incentive payments for in-reach clinics
  • Missing COVID-19 vaccination records on AIR
  • Vaccination rates by geographic regions
  • Primary care approach to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome
  • Contraindications and precautionary conditions for AstraZeneca
  • Contraindications and precautionary conditions for Pfizer
4 August Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   5 Aug GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 4 Aug Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • ATAGI clinical guidance - version 6.0
  • Pfizer vaccine for at risk 12-15 year old
  • Pfizer vaccine for year 12 sutdents
  • Overseas COVID-19 vaccines in AIR
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Closure of AIR authentication files
  • Pharmacists to administer AZ vaccine
  • NSWISS helpline
28 July Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   29 July GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 28 July Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • ATAGI response to COVID-19 outbreak
  • Pfizer vaccine approved for people over 12 years
  • Overseas COVID-19 first dose
  • Contraindications to COVID-19 vaccine
  • Prioritise people over 70 years
  • Hubs for disability and aged care workers
21 July Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   22 July GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 21 July Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Webinar: Fighting the Delta variant
  • Excess AstraZeneca vaccines
  • New pregnancy advice for women
  • Childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach Stakeholder pack
  • Who is eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?
14 July Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   15 July GP update webinar

READ NOW: 14 July Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Shorter interval between AstraZeneca doses in outbreak situations
  • Who is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine?
  • Identifying, diagnosing and treating TTS
  • COVID-19 vaccine home visits
  • Prioritisation of aged care workers
  • Two zoster vaccines now available
  • Where to report a cold chain breach
  • Mandatory reporting of all NIP vaccines
7 July Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   8 July GP update webinar and see Q&A

READ NOW:  7 July Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Pfizer vaccine in general practice
  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine for agde care workers
  • New protocol for supply/administration of COVID-19 vaccine
  • In-depth constul MBS item for all ages
  • PIP COVID-19 vaccine incentive 
  • MBS telehealth service extended 
  • COVID-19 vaccine claim scheme
30 June Immunisation Weekly Update

Letter: National COVID Vaccine Taskforce

WATCH NOW:   1 July GP update webinar

READ NOW: 30 June Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • AstraZeneca vaccine access for people aged 18-39
  • New indemnity provisions
  • Roving vaccination clinics for RACF
  • Reminder to vaccinate
  • Expiring doses of AZ vaccine
  • Practice Incentive Payments
  • Planned and unplanned power outages 
23 June Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   24 June GP update webinar

READ NOW: 23 June Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Updated ATAGI advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Clinical alert - thrombosis with thrombocytopaenia syndrome (TTS) update
  • New MBS item: immunisation consultations for patients over 50 years
  • Second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Vaccines administered by another provider: uploading to AIR
  • Influenza vaccinations for children
16 June Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:   17 June GP update webinar

READ NOW: 16 June Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include: 

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now recommended for pregnant women
  • Timing between influenza and COVID-19 vaccines now 7 days
  • New MBS item for immunisation home visits 
  • Reporting aged care worker COVID-19 vaccine status now mandatory 
9 June Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:  10 June GP update webinar

READ NOW: 9 June Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Minimum interval between COVID-19 and other vaccines now 7 days
  • Support for the transter of AstraZeneca vaccine 
  • COVID-19 vaccines now available for people 40 years and over
  • New reporting of aged care workforce
  • COVID-19 digital certificate
  • Webinar: How PenCAT and POLAR can assist with COVID-19 vaccination
2 June Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:  3 June GP update webinar

READ NOW: 2 June Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Expansion of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in general practices
  • AIR Authentication file – closing dates
  • Influenza vaccination in pregnancy
  • Interruption to vaccination
  • Vaccination our ticket out of COVID-19 pandemic

 

26 May Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:  27 May GP update webinar

READ NOW: 26 May Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Pfizer vaccine storage conditions
  • Influenza immunisation data
  • Overcoming vaccine hesitancy
  • Non-medicare patients COVID-19 vaccine access
  • ATAGI 2021 annual statement 

 

19 May Immunisation Weekly Update

POP QUIZ! Influenza 2021

WATCH NOW:  20 May GP update May GP update webinar

READ NOW: 19 May Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Get vaccinated against flu
  • Adverse events following immunisation AEFI
  • Updated ATAGI clinical guidalce on COVID-19 vaccine (v3.0)
  • In-reach COVID-19 vaccinations for aged care workers
  • AstraZeneca stock expiry
  • General practices not participating in COVID-19 vaccination program

 

12 May Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:  13 May GP update webinar

READ NOW: 12 May Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Fluad Quad - urgent action required
  • Guidance on the use of multi-dose vials
  • Influenza vaccine requirements to enter RACFs
  • NSW vaccination centre now open - Sydney Olympic Park
  • Pen CS COVID-19 vaccine rollout

 

 

 

5 May Immunisation Weekly Update

POP QUIZ! Is it a cold chain breach?

WATCH NOW:  6 May GP update webinar

READ NOW: 5 May Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Childhood immunisation coverage data
  • Zostavax catch-up program
  • COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 50 to 69
  • Influenza vaccination safety
  • Timing of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines
  • Interval between AZ vaccine doses
28 Apr Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW:  29 April GP update webinar

READ NOW: 28 Apr Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

  • Recalibration of COVID-19 vaccination program
  • COVID-19 vaccine training update
  • Reporting AEFIs
21 Apr Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 22 April GP update webinar

READ NOW: 21 Apr Immunisation newsletter - topics include:

  • My Health Record Shared Health Summary
  • COVID-19 vaccine training UPDATE

 POP QUIZ! AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine multi-dose vial storage 

14 Apr Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW15 April GP update webinar

READ NOW14 Apr Immunisation Weekly newsletter - topics include:

 

  • Meningococcal B Vaccination
  • AstraZeneca - New recommendations
  • AstraZeneca - vaccine storage
  • Needles and syringes
7 Apr Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 8 April GP update webinar 

READ NOW: 7 Apr Immunisation weekly newsletter -  topics include:

  • GPs needed for new mass vaccination centre
  • Preparation for practices NOT participating in Phase 1b
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: clinical information 
  • COVID-19 vaccine: operational information 

 

30 Mar Immunisation Weekly Update

WATCH NOW: 8 April webinar - GP update

Read 30 Mar Immunisation weekly newsletter here! Topics include:

  • COVID-19 vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • COVID-19: General updates 
  • COVID-19: Clinical updates 
  • Influenza (Flu) vaccine 2021
  • Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • COVID-19 Phase 1b: Eligibility definitions
24 Mar Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read Immunisation 24 March Immunisation Weekly Newsletter here
    • Ordering masks
    • Patients without Medicare - how to report vaccines to AIR
    • Timeframes to access the AIR
    • The National Booking System
    • Protect your vaccines - what to do in a power outage
    • Update your clinical software
    • COVID-19 active vaccine safety data
    • COVID-19 vaccines - is it true?
    • Europe's AstraZeneca pause
    • General Practices join the COVID-19 vaccination program
    • Infection control training module 

 

17 Mar Immunisation Weekly Update
10 Mar Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read 10 March Immunisation Weekly Update here: 
    • COVID-19 vaccine delivery to commence in general practice
    • Clinical Software: new COVID-19 vaccine updates
    • 2021 Seasonal Influenza
    • Is your CPR qualification up to date?
    • Anaphylaxis and AEFIs
    • FREE anaphylaxis e-training course
    • Anaphylaxis response kit
    • Replacing the battery in your Clever Logger data logger
  • GP update: 11 Mar webinar
3 Mar Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read 3 March Immunisation Weekly Update here
    • COVID-19 vaccination training: AstraZeneca module
    • My Health Record system upgraded
    • Mandatory reporting to the AIR commences now!
    • COVID-19 webinars
    • Vaccine Eligibility Checker
    • New Easy Read resources now available
    • Frail older people: COVID-19 vaccine decision guide
    • COVID-19 vaccine related education modules
  • GP update: 4 Mar webinar
24 Feb Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read weekly newsletter here 
    • Immunisation website update
    • Webinar: DoH general practice COVID-19 update
    • COVID vaccines eligibility checker
    • Advice for COVID vaccine providers
    • Services Australia: Get ready for your COVID-19 vaccination in three easy steps
    • COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca training module now available
  • GP update: 25 Feb webinar
17 Feb Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read weekly newsletter here
    • Immunisation latest news – are you always up to date?
    • Mandatory reporting Australian Immunisation Register
    • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved
    • Pfizer vaccine (COMIRNATY) doses arrive in Australia
    • Information and patient resources for vaccine providers
    • Advice for COVID-19 vaccine providers
    • COVID-19 vaccine resource collection
    • COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program
    • Updated tool for Zostavax® screening tool
    • NCIRS webinar : COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia
    • Attention SESLHD Nurses
10 Feb Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read 10 Feb Immunisation Weekly Update here 
    • Mandatory reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register
    • Online COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program now available
    • New Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine website launches
    • TGA COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Hub
    • NCIRS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page
    • Updated screening tool for  contraindications to vaccination with Zostavax
    • Upcoming NCIRS webinars - Out of the starting blocks
3 Feb Immunisation Weekly Update
  • Read 3 Feb immunisation weekly update here 
    • COVID-19 vaccine training program
    • Immunisation data sources
    • FAQ on Australia's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
    • Childhood Immunisation Coverage Rates in SESLHD
    • Update on Australia's COVID-19 vaccines
27 Jan Immunisation Weekly Update
20 Jan Immunisation Weekly Update
13 Jan Immunisation Weekly Update
 5 Jan Immunisation Weekly Update
 23 Dec Immunisation Weekly Update
16 Dec Immunisation Weekly Update
9 Dec Immunisation Weekly Update
2 Dec Immunisation Weekly Update

 

 

23 Nov Immunisation Weekly Update
17 Nov Immunisation Weekly Update
17 Nov Immunisation Weekly Update

 

A list of the Alerts and Notices for 2019-2020 can be found here.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT

Infectious diseases alerts

NSW Health - Infectious diseases alerts: 2022 alerts

Dept of Health - Monkeypox (MPX) health alert: Current status

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Monkeypox Webinars

Monkeypox (MPX) special webinar

  • About: primary care update on Monkeypox (MPX) - key updates and Q&A
  • Watch webinar recording from 10 August 2022 or view transcript 

ASHM Monkeypox webinar 

ASHM (Australasian Society for HIV Medicine) is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis, other BBVs and sexual health.

Monkeypox MPX - for Health Professionals

Websites for health professionals

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Contacts for health professionals
  • NSW Sexual Health Infolink: 1800 451 624
  • Infectious Disease Specialist: 8890 5555
  • Public Health Unit: 1300 066 055 
Resources for health professionals

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MPX Vaccine resources

 

MPX Case management resources

MPX Information for patients

MPX Websites & Contacts 

  • NSW Sexual Health Infolink: 1800 451 624

MPX Resources

Frequently asked questions

MPX vaccination rollout in NSW

When will MPX vaccination commence in NSW?

  • Vaccination will commence from Monday 8 August 2022 for high risk groups

Location of the MPX vaccination clinics:

  • The Crown St MPXV vaccine service - operational from Monday 8th August
  • Three large HIV S100 prescribers in Sydney have received a small amount of the vaccine in the initial roll out:
    • Holdworth House Medical Practice
    • East Sydney Doctors
    • Taylor Square Private Clinic 

Eligibility for MPX vaccination - initial round

Appointments for the first round of vaccination will be at the Crown St MPXV vaccine clinic

  • High-risk GBMSM with booked travel to Europe or North America before 31 October 2022
  • High-risk GBMSM who are living with HIV and are immunocompromised (CD4 < 200)
  • High-risk GBMSM who are particularly vulnerable should monkeypox become locally endemic (sex worker, transgender, homeless, Aboriginal, significant drug use)
  • The earliest appointments will further prioritise GBMSM with booked overseas travel in August and sex industry workers with GBMSM clients.
  • Patients not eligible for the first round will be contacted by NSW Health from the end of September

Vaccine supply & availability 

  • NSW has received an initial supply of 5,500 doses of the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine, with a further 30,000 doses expected in September and an additional 70,000 in early 2023. 
  • Supply of the JYNNEOS vaccine is extremely limited and vaccination will be rolled out in phases.

Vaccine doses & protection

  • JYNNEOS is a two-dose vaccine given four weeks apart (28 days)
  • One dose offers some protection against monkeypox, with full protective effect from at least 2 weeks after second dose
  • WHO describes the vaccine’s efficacy as 85%, preventing 17 out of every 20 infections

Referral process for MPX vaccine

Expression of interest form - for potentially eligible people
  • Refer patients to complete the expression of interest form on ACONs website to express interest in a future appointment for vaccination at the Crown Street MPXV Vaccine Centre.
  • Who should register:
    • People who are gay, bisexual, or other men who has sex with men (GBMSM) should register for the vaccine
    • GBSMS who have booked travel overseas to Europe or North America before 31 October 2022 
    • People wanting to receive the vaccine can register their interest 
  • Bookings will be possible using an invitation link after review of information provided on the expression on interest form.
    • Patients eligible for initial round will receive invitation link in August
    • Patients not eligible for initial round will be contacted by NSW Health from the end of September
Direct referral - for vulnerable and marginalized high-risk GBMSM
  • Health Care providers are able to directly refer vulnerable and marginalized high-risk GBMSM who are eligible for vaccination to the Crown Street MPXV Vaccination centre.
  • High-risk GBMSM who are also HIV infected with CD4<200, sex industry workers, homeless, significant drug use, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are eligible for this pathway. 
  • Call the Sexual Health Info Link (SHIL) on 1800 451 624 to refer a patient.  

GP information: MPX vaccine

Can GPs order MPX vaccine?

  • Currently, no - Initial vaccine doses will be managed by NSW Health and administered at a state MPX vaccination clinic
  • Initial doses will be prioritised to manage the immediate outbreak and will focus on those at greatest risk of severe illness and acquisition of the monkeypox virus
  • Supply of the JYNNEOS vaccine is extremely limited, vaccination will be rolled out in phases:
    • First phase: 5,500 doses in early August
    • Second phase: 30,000 doses expected in late September
    • Third phase: 70,000 doses in early 2023
  • GPs may be able to order MPX in the later phases of the vaccine rollout  

Where can GPs direct patients enquiring about MPX vaccine?

  • Direct patients to the ACON website where they can register their interest for the MPX vaccine:
    • information registered will be passed to NSW Health for further assessment.
    • registering interest does not guarantee access to the vaccine
    • ACON is unable to comment or provide any information about when patients will be notified of the assessment outcome.
  • Direct patients to website with Information for LGBTQ+ communities in NSW:
  • Patients can also contact NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 for information on MPX vaccines

Can a GP directly refer a patient for vaccination?

  • Yes, GPs are able to directly refer high-risk patients for priority vaccination to the state MPX vaccination centre
  • High-risk patients eligible for this pathway include:
    • Vulnerable and marginalised high-risk gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM)
    • GBMSM who are HIV infected with CD4<200, sex industry workers, homeless, significant drug use, or Aboriginal and/Torres Strait Islander 
  • To refer a patient, call NSW Sexual Health Info Link (SHIL) on 1800 451 624

General practice – MPX preparedness          

MPX suspected cases

Managing suspected cases in General Practice:
1. Identify suspected case:
    • Patient with signs and symptoms of monkeypox, or
    • Someone who may have been exposed to the monkeypox virus
    • Refer to Monkeypox factsheet
2. Report all suspected cases of monkeypox:
    • Call Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 – PHU will initiate a public health investigation, contact tracing and control measures,

AND

    • Call Infectious Disease Specialist on 8890 5555 – ID specialist will advise on the appropriate test and clinical management
    • Read GP clinical alert update - Monkeypox
    • On 1 June 2022, MPX became a nationally notifiable disease for 6 months. During this time a review will determine whether to list the virus permanently.
3. Testing suspected cases of monkeypox:
    • Testing capacity is limited in some jurisdictional laboratories.
    • Before testing: consult with PHU or ID specialist
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for specimen collection – read ICEG advice regarding PPE
    • Carefully review:
      • Video: Monkeypox – Patient referral and testing guidance
      • Guideline: PHLN guidance on Monkeypox patient referral, specimen collection and test requesting for GPs
      • Guideline: PPE advice – Infection Prevention and Control guidance on Monkeypox for Health Workers
    • Print and review:
      • Factsheet: Monkeypox patient referral and testing guidance
      • Poster: Monkeypox – Patient referral and testing guidance
Monkeypox - Clinicial & General practitioner alerts

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer has declared Monkeypox (MPX) a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance.

Monkeypox has been added to the list of notifiable diseases under the Public Health Act 2010. Healthcare professionals must notify any suspected cases of MPX to the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 immediately to initiate a public health investigation, contact tracing and control measures.

The management of suspected cases for general practitioners: if monkeypox is suspected, immediately notify the on-call Westmead Hospital Infectious Disease Specialist on 8890 5555 to discuss the case and management.

ATAGI has guidance on the use of smallpox vaccines for protection against monkeypox virus infection. This advice will continue to be updated as new information emerges during the current multicounty monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox Alert

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer has declared Monkeypox (MPX) a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance.

Global MPX situation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the global situation regarding MPX to be a public health emergency of international concern.

Since May 2022, there has been a global increase in MPX infections in multiple countries where the illness is not usually seen. The situation is evolving quickly, and health authorities are monitoring closely so the most up to date evidence and advice can be provided.

Australia’s MPX situation

The unfolding situation in Australia concerning MPX is being monitored closely by health authorities. The current status as of 24 July 2022, is 44 confirmed and probable cases of MPX in Australia, with 24 cases in New South Wales. Most, but not all, cases recorded in Australia have been acquired overseas.

Healthcare professionals must notify any suspected cases of MPX to the local public health unit immediately. Public health unit staff will then start an investigation, contact tracing and control measures. Contact local PHU on 1300 066 055.

 

The Government is acting quickly to limit the spread of monkeypox and protect the community:

  • The Chief Medical Officer has declared monkeypox a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance and
  • The National Incident Centre has been activated to provide a national response.
  • The Government is working closely with key stakeholders, including AFAO, NAPWHA, and ASHM since the detection of monkeypox in Australia.
  • In response to the evolving situation the Government has engaged ASHM and AFAO to form a National MPXV Taskforce, which will provide leadership and policy advice on community engagement, clinical management, education and prevention.  
  • The Government will provide funding to peak organisations to undertake targeted communication activities that support the monkeypox response in Australia.
  • A highly targeted campaign will also be created to encourage at risk populations to vaccinate.  

 

What is MPX?

Monkeypox (MPX) is a disease caused by Monkeypox virus (MPXV), with symptoms similar to those seen previously with smallpox. It is spread through close contact with an infected person or animals, or with contaminated material. Find out more.

MPX resources 

Please print this poster and place in your general practice.

These resources provide new and updated information about MPX symptoms, treatment and prevention, and vaccine guidance:

AIR vaccine code for Smallpox vaccine 

There have been 3 smallpox vaccines added to the list of non-standard vaccines that are able to be recorded on AIR - see AIR vaccine code formats

  • ACAM2000 
  • JYNNEOS 
  • Generic smallpox 

Please email us at immunisation@cesphn.com.au if you require further information

NSW Sexual Health Clinics

 
The Infolink provides sexual health information and referral to community members and provides specialist clinical support and information to nurses, doctors and other professionals who are treating clients with sexual health issues.
 
For sexual health information and advice, call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.
 
The Sexual Health Infolink is a NSW Ministry of Health funded information and referral telephone line. The Infolink has been in operation since 1989 and is staffed by specialist sexual health nurses from 9:00am to 5:30pm.