Immunisation

Overview

The Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Immunisation Program aims to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community by providing appropriate and timely information about vaccine preventable diseases and the National Immunisation Schedule to immunisation providers, the community and promote the delivery of the National Immunisation Program.

Support for general practice

We support general practices to:

  • Maintain high standards of cold-chain management in accordance with the National Guidelines to ensure vaccine efficacy
  • Deliver immunisation services in accordance with the National Immunisation Program and the NSW Immunisation Schedule
  • Adopt a sustainable approach to reporting immunisation encounters to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • Optimise child immunisation coverage rates through review of overdue children and recall and reminder services

General practice visits

The Immunisation Project Officers and Practice Management Project Officers can visit practices to assist with:

  • Supporting immunisation providers with information and resources
  • Supporting practices to review lists of children overdue for immunisation
  • Providing training regarding online AIR access
  • Advice and support in the event of a cold-chain failure
  • Onsite visits to conduct audits of practice cold chain procedures
  • Data logging of vaccine fridges for accreditation, cold chain breaches and installation of new refrigerators
  • Data logging demonstrations

Contact us

Immunisation Program Officers
South Eastern Sydney Region: Lauren Dalton - 9330 9900
Inner West Sydney Region: Nina Ni - 9799 0933
Eastern Sydney Region: Kira Wright - 9330 9900
Alerts and notices

The latest alerts and notices distributed by NSW Health, Public Health Units, Immunise Australia, Australian Government Department of Health and the National Centre for Immunisation, Research and Surveillance will be posted here.

15 September 2017: New childcare vaccination requirements from 1 January 2018

12 September 2017: Important measles alert

5 September 2017: Invitation to take part in a research project: Resources to help health professional discuss childhood vaccination

31 August 2017: Shingles pre-vaccination checklist and Immunisation webinars

15 August 2017: Important seasonal influenza update – Influenza cases higher than predicted peak

3 August 2017: Health alert: Warning on viral gastroenteritis

Bi-monthly Immunisation Update

CESPHN Immunisation bi-monthly update will be posted here. The update covers the most recent information in Immunisation.

2017

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2016

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Resources

Immunisation Schedule

Immunisation Handbook

Vaccine Information Sheet

Catch Up Schedules

AIR - Australian Immunisation Register

HPV Register

Cold Chain Management

Seasonal Influenza

Practice Nurses and Immunisation

Websites

Health Professionals

Consumers

Immunisation history statement

You can get a copy of your child's immunisation details at any time:

Travellers

Useful contacts

PDF document download  Download Immunisation Useful Contacts sheet

Public Health Units

  • In NSW calling 1300 066 055 will direct to your local Public Health Unit
  • South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit phone - 9382 8333
  • Sydney Public Health Unit phone - 9515 9420 or phone 9515 6111 (After Hours emergency)

 

Australian Immunisation Registry (AIR)

Phone: 1800 653 809
Fax: 08 9254 4810
Email: air@medicareaustralia.gov.au
Online Access to AIR: 1300 650 039

 

NSW Vaccine Centre

Tel: 1300 656 132
Fax: 1800 041 528
Website: https://nsw.tollhealthcare.com/

 

NSW Specialist Immunisation Service (NSWISS) telephone advice line

1800 NSWISS (1800 679 477) is a specialist immunisation advice line established to provide clinical advice and support to immunisation providers in NSW. Highly specialised nursing and medical staff from NCIRS are available to provide clinical advice on immunisation for patients with complex or unusual medical backgrounds or who have had an adverse event following immunisation. The phone line will operate between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for immediate advice or leave a message and staff will respond.

 

Adverse Events Following Immunisation

Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) are defined as "any untoward medical occurrence that follows immunisation, whether expected or unexpected, and whether triggered by the vaccine or only coincidentally occurring after receipt of a vaccine". The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th ed. AEFIs are notifiable conditions under the NSW Public Health Act (Schedule 1).

To report a suspected AEFI, please download the National Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) Reporting Form and contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

Further information

Therapeutic Goods Administration

 

Immunisation Adverse Events Clinics

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network offers an Immunisation Clinic which provides assessment and management of children and adolescents who have experienced a previous adverse event following immunisation or who have an underlying medical condition or allergy which may indicate the need for supervision during immunisation. They also offer advice for catch-up vaccination for children and discussion with parents who are concerned about vaccines and adverse events.

Immunisation patients and families should discuss an immunisation question with their GP first, or local Public Health Unit on 1300 600 055, and if further support is required, they can be referred to the clinic, either at Randwick or Westmead.