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Immunisation best practice review: what's new and overcoming challenges

About the CPD short course

This workshop is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that the content is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for all immunisers who are required to undertake an annual update to review best practice policy for immunisation to maintain their authority to immunise. The workshop is also suitable for nurses who administer immunisation under medical supervision.



Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • discuss updates and changes to immunisation within the last 12 months
  • review national guidelines for immunisation and current best practice in immunisation 
  • examine the principles of cold chain management to comply with cold chain policies 
  • identify positive communication practices when responding to vaccine hesitancy and rejection
  • link the importance of maintaining accurate documentation and the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
  • identify how to utilize serological-testing to guide catch-up vaccination 
  • outline the fundamentals of planning a catch-up schedule
  • devise catch-up schedules as needed for age groups across lifespan and special risk groups

Consultants and facilitators

This program was developed by ACN’s Continuing Professional Development team in consultation with:

  • Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases Branch, Health protection NSW
  • Sonya Nicholl, Senior Policy Analyst, NSWH
  • Julie Leask, Associate professor in School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Louise Baker, Authorised Nurse Immuniser and ACN Tutor


Vicky Sheppeard

Vicky is a Public Health Physician who has been working for NSW Health since 1999. Vicky’s current role is Director, Communicable Diseases Branch, Health Protection NSW. This role includes overseeing surveillance of notifiable diseases in NSW, coordinating communicable disease control activities, oversight of immunisation programs, including delivery of the school-based adolescent vaccination program and representing NSW on Communicable Disease Network Australia.
Previously Vicky managed health protection services in the Nepean Blue Mountains and Western Sydney Local Health Districts from 2008 to 2013. 

Sonya Nicholl

Sonya was a registered nurse in ICU for many years in Northern Ireland and immigrated to Australia in 1998 where she continued to work as a registered nurse. She joined public health in 2003 as an Authorised Nurse Immuniser in the National Meningococcal C Vaccination Program. Sonya commenced her employment in the NSW Health Immunisation Unit in 2004 where she is currently employed as a senior policy analyst responsible for a range of initiatives such as providing clinical advice, health care worker vaccination, antenatal pertussis vaccination, cold chain management, immunisation policy review and development and nurse immuniser authorisation and education.  Sonya completed an MPH in 2009 and is currently completing a professional doctorate in public health. 

Julie Leask

Julie Leask is a social scientist and associate professor in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney with a cross appointment in the Sydney Nursing School. She has academic qualifications in nursing and midwifery, a Master of Public Health (1998) and PhD (2002) from the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on vaccination acceptance and uptake.

Louise baker

Louise is a registered nurse with nearly 40 years of nursing experience. Louise’s interest in immunisation began when she first worked in the Community as a Child Health Nurse. Since then, her roles and involvement in immunisation has continued to grow. Louise had held the positions of an Adolescent School Program Coordinator, and was an Immunisation Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Public Health Unit. 
Despite recently retiring from full-time work in order to spend more time with the family, Louise has continued to maintain her passion in immunisation and keep herself up-to-date with immunisation. Louise is currently a member of the School Immunisation Team, and she has been an immunisation tutor with the Australian College of Nursing in the last 4 years. 

Louise Baker
  • Purpose of policy updates
  • The current national and state immunisation schedule and recent changes
Vicky Sheppeard
  • Influenza vaccine
10:15amMorning tea
Sonya Nicholl
  • Cold chain management and principles
Julie Leask
  • Communicating with parents who hesitate or decline vaccination – workshop 
Louise Baker
  • Documentation and AIR
  • Use of available resources 
Louise Baker
  • Utilising serological testing in planning catch-up 
Louise Baker
  • Planning catch-up schedules
  • Catch-up scenarios – workshop


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