Immunisation annual CPD updates
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Health care providers are at the forefront in protecting the community’s health and well-being. Immunisation as a national public health strategy continues to be a cost-effective means in reducing the mortality and morbidity rates related to vaccine-preventable diseases in Australia.

After a recognised immunisation course such as our 307 Immunisation for Health Practitioners course has been completed annual updates are required. Each State and Territory governs the authority to practice as an immuniser and in what circumstances. Please check with your State/Territory health department if you are unsure if you currently meet the requirements for an immuniser.

These updates are also available for any healthcare professional who are not certified immunisers but where immunisation is relative to their scope of practice.

ACN offers immunisation specific CPD in the form of updates addressing contemporary topics, updates and specialty topics of interest. New options are added throughout the year and may include live webinar sessions and/or self-paced interactive modules. If you have any suggested topics to be considered for new immunisation CPD updates please send these to immunisationCPD@acn.edu.au.

Bundle offers

Option A
(5 CPD modules)

Includes updates 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Members Price:
$225 (save $45)

Non-Members Price:
$250 (save $50)

Option B
(3 CPD modules)

Includes updates 1, 2, and 3

Members Price:
$135 (save $27)

Non-Members Price:
$150 (save $30)

Option C
(2 CPD modules)

Includes updates 4 and 5

Members Price:
$99 (save $9)

Non-Members Price:
$110 (save $10)

Update 1 – Navigating the Australian Immunisation Handbook For Clinical Use

The Australian Immunisation handbook is an invaluable resource when administering vaccines as per the NIP and also with catch-up. This first CPD update in a series of three is a tutorial on how to navigate the online handbook, how to locate the information you need and how to interpret this use in clinical practice.

On successful completion of this CPD update, you should be able to:

  • understand the differences between the National Immunisation Program schedule (NIPs) funding and the Australian Immunisation Handbook (AIH) recommendations
  • navigate confidently through the different areas of the handbook to ensure a thorough knowledge of vaccines in Australia
  • locate population based catch-up recommendations and compare these to at risk recommendations including those for Indigenous people
  • recognise the difference between the product information of vaccines and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommendations.
Prerequisites Nil
Course dates Identical live sessions will be held monthly with the recording of each available via CNnect so can be viewed in retrospect at your own pace.

Friday 11 February 2022 11:00am AEDT
Wednesday 16 February 2022 12:30pm AEDT
Monday 18 March 2022 2:00pm AEDT

Mode of delivery Online, live tutorial sessions and recorded sessions are both available.

6 months of access to the CPD update from enrolment date.

Course duration 1 CPD hours
ACN Member Fee $54.00
Non-member Fee $60.00

Update 2 – Immunisation in Aged Care Settings and Cold Chain Management

Aged care providers have a duty of care and responsibility towards the consumers within their care. This falls under the Aged Care Act 1997 guidelines. The quality of care provided is governed by the Quality Care Principles 2014, which include immunisation schemes for both staff and consumers. Ensuring immunisations across the life span is up to date is important so that we can protect those who are vulnerable and avoid an unnecessary burden within our healthcare system.

During this session we will also be providing you with a refresher on the National Vaccine Storage Guidelines focussing on mobile or outreach immunisation clinics which will be vital in implementing catch-up programs as well as a pandemic response vaccine.

On successful completion of this CPD update, you should be able to:

  • list the vaccinations recommended and funded for older adults as per the National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPs) and handbook
  • identify the immunisation schemes available within aged care settings
  • demonstrate your understanding of the key issues and concepts involved in cold chain management regarding immunisation
  • describe the responsibilities of the nurse immuniser with regards to cold chain management when practising within mobile or outreach clinics.
Prerequisites Nil
Course dates On enrolment at your own pace
Mode of delivery Online, self-paced interactive PowerPoint slides with audio.

6 months of access to the CPD update from enrolment date.

Course duration 1 CPD hours
ACN Member Fee $54.00
Non-member Fee $60.00

Update 3 – Catch-up Principles, Determining Catch-up Requirements in Clinical Practice

Providing catch-up vaccination is an important component of maintaining individual and herd immunity within the community. Opportunistic vaccination is important and should be undertaken at every opportunity. Completing catch-up schedules can be very complex, particularly if it is not completed regularly. This last CPD update offers a refresher on catch-up principles and how to apply these to clinical situations. Most of this session will be focussed on completing catch-up schedules across the life span.

On successful completion of this CPD update, you should be able to:

  • describe the catch-up principles
  • identify the online Australian Immunisation Handbook (AIH) recommendations to plan catch-up schedules for people across the life span
  • determine the need for catch-up of the National Immunisation Program schedule (NIPs) vaccines
  • illustrate the different recommendations for Indigenous people across the life span compared to Non-Indigenous people
  • apply catch-up principles to clinical based scenarios.
Prerequisites Nil
Course dates On enrolment at your own pace
Mode of delivery Online, self-paced interactive PowerPoint slides with audio.

6 months of access to the CPD update from enrolment date or the launch date (whichever is later).

Course duration 1 CPD hours
ACN Member Fee $54.00
Non-member Fee $60.00

Update 4 – Importance of the influenza vaccine in aged care facilities

Aged care providers have a duty of care and responsibility towards the consumers within their care. This falls under the Aged Care Act 1997 guidelines. The quality of care provided is governed by the Quality Care Principles 2014, which include immunisation schemes for both staff and consumers. Ensuring immunisations across the life span are up to date is important so that we can protect those who are vulnerable and avoid an unnecessary burden within our healthcare system.

In 2019 Australia’s health care system had to face one of the worse flu seasons on record, and many residents living within residential aged care facilities were impacted. During this session, we will be providing you with a refresher on the importance of the influenza vaccine in the aged care setting.

On successful completion of this CPD update, you should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the influenza virus
  • Identify the importance of the influenza vaccine in the aged care setting
  • Available vaccines available for people over the age of 65 years
  • Maintain vaccine storage and cold chain management
Prerequisites Nil
Course dates On enrolment at your own pace
Mode of delivery Online, self-paced interactive website content with audio

6 months of access to the CPD update from enrolment date or the launch date (whichever is later).

Course duration 1 CPD hours
ACN Member Fee $54.00
Non-member Fee $60.00

Update 5 – Tetanus within the Emergency Department

Providing immunisations within the emergency department is an important component of maintaining individual immunity within the community. Opportunistic vaccination is important and should be undertaken at every opportunity.

Knowing when to administer Tetanus in the emergency setting can perhaps be complex at times especially if you are unable to find the appropriate immunisation documentation or if the patient is unable to give an accurate immunisation history.

This CPD module offers information on how to overcome these hurdles in the emergency setting. For some, this may be a refresher in relation to what tetanus is and the importance of looking out for signs and symptoms of this vaccine preventable disease.

On successful completion of this CPD update, you should be able to:

  • Have a good understanding of what tetanus is and how the infection is attained
  • Determine the need for booster doses.
  • Apply the information gained from within the Australian Immunisation Handbook (AIH) to guide immunisation practice.
Prerequisites Nil
Course dates On enrolment at your own pace
Mode of delivery Online, self-paced interactive website content with audio

6 months of access to the CPD update from enrolment date or the launch date (whichever is later).

Course duration 1 CPD hours
ACN Member Fee $54.00
Non-member Fee $60.00