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The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is a Registered Training Organisation and an accredited higher education provider. ACN is authorised to deliver the Immunisation for Health Practitioners course under the newly approved National Immunisation Education Framework For Health Professionals (2017). The Immunisation for Health Practitioners course is based on the National Framework, which replaces the National Guidelines for Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses and Midwives (2001).

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. In line with the emphasis of National Immunisation Strategy 2013 – 2018, it is also recognised that having appropriately trained health professionals is crucial in ensuring successful delivery of immunisation services to improve immunisation coverage rates nationally. 

The design of the Immunisation for Health Practitioners course hinges on the educational requirements as determined by the National Framework. This course aims to equip health practitioners with the essential attributes to be an immunisation advocate and promote immunisation uptake nationally. Health practitioners who have successfully passed this course should refer to the Department of Health in the jurisdiction they practice in, or wish to practice in, for information and conditions leading to authorisation to immunise independent of a medical officer. 

Registered nurses, midwives and pharmacists who have previously completed the Immunisation for Registered Nurses course under the former National Guidelines for Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses and Midwives (2001) should refer to the jurisdictions they are working in for the conditions to continue to maintain their authority to immunise independent of medical officers. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Using the National Immunisation Framework for Health Professionals and the current best practice standards and recommendations in the current version of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, it is anticipated that on successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect upon your current practices and benchmark against the standards in the current version of The Australian Immunisation Handbook
  • Define the goals and importance of immunisation programs in the global and Australian context
  • Apply immunological and epidemiological principles to the management of vaccine preventable diseases
  • Apply legislation, professional and ethical standards, guidelines and policies to clinical practice scenarios within the contemporary immunisation practice environment
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of immunisation programs and recommend strategies and resources to improve immunisation coverage rates
  • Identify and discuss the components required for safe and comprehensive provision and coordination of evidence based immunisation services in culturally diverse environments
  • Analyse and recommend strategies to promote relationships to achieve optimal immunisation outcomes

COURSE DATES

Course code:

306

CPD hours:

150 hours over 10 weeks

Mode of delivery:

Online

Course dates

2018

^March

5/03/2018 - 13/05/2018 (applications close on 5/02/2018*)

^April

2/04/2018 - 10/06/2018 (applications close on 5/03/2018*)

^May

07/05/2018 - 15/07/2018 (applications close on 9/04/2018*)

^June

04/06/2018 - 12/08/2018 (applications close on 7/05/2018*)

^July

02/07/2018 - 09/09/2018 (applications close on 4/06/2018*)

^August

06/08/2018 - 14/10/12018 (applications close on 9/07/2018*)

^September

03/09/2018 - 11/11/2018 (applications close on 6/08/2018*)

^October

1/10/2018 - 09/12/2018 (applications close on 3/09/2018*)

^November

05/11/2018 - 27/01/2018 (applications close on 8/10/2018*)

^December

03/12/2018 - 24/02/2018 (applications close on 5/11/2018*)

Entry requiremnets:

  1. Hold a qualification leading to registration recognised by the relevant National Board
  2. General registration as a nurse, midwife, pharmacist with the relevant National Board 

NOTE: all health professionals applying to enrol in the course must confirm eligibility to immunise independent of medical officers by checking health policy in their relevant state or territory.

^Enrolments are subject to availability after the indicated closing date.

Fees*:

Non-Members:  $915.00

ACN Members:  $823.50

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

VACANCIES AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 2018 ONWARDS

Enrolment form

AWARD

Students who have successfully passed this course will be awarded a certificate of completion and 150 CPD hours.

ADMISSION

All applicants are required to:

  1. Hold a qualification leading to registration recognised by the relevant National Board
  2. General registration as a nurse, midwife, pharmacist with the relevant National Board 

NOTE: all health professionals applying to enrol in the course must confirm eligibility to immunise independent of medical officers by checking health policy in their relevant state or territory.

The following are some of the resources used and you can access it online prior to course commencement.

  1. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) 2017. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. 10th edn. Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. URL: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home
    Note: Use the online copy only, as it contains up-to-date information. The PDF copy is not up to date. 
  2. Department of Health and Ageing 2013, National vaccine storage guidelines: Strive for 5, 2nd edn, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, viewed 10 December 2016, http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/IMM77-cnt
  3. Department of Health 2015b, Immunisation Myths and realities: Responding to arguments against immunisation, 5th edn, Australian Government, Canberra, viewed 8 December 2016, http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/uci-myths-guideprov
  4. Australian Academy of Science 2016, The science of immunisation/Questions and answers, Author, Canberra, viewed 7 December 2016, https://www.science.org.au/learning/general-audience/science-booklets/science-immunisation

You can download, print the texts, or order copies via the links.

If you choose to print off course resources and materials, this will incur additional costs not covered within the course fees.

It is a requirement that you have internet access and all costs in relation to this are also additional and not part of the course fees.

How will this course benefit my practice?

Immunisation remains a simple, safe and effective means of protecting one from illness, disability and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases (WHO, 2016).

The ‘No jab, no pay’ immunisation requirements introduced in 2016 by the Australian government means that there are greater career opportunities for authorised nurse immunisers to be involved in leading and delivering immunisation services Australia-wide.

The Immunisation for Health Practitioners course will benefit your practice by helping you to develop a better understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to competently deliver a professional immunisation service to the communities in Australia.

WHAT ARE THE PROSPECTS OF COMPLETING THE IMMUNISATION COURSE?

Completing this course will help to enhance your employability and widen your career options. Being equipped with the knowledge and skills in immunisation may just help you clinch your next ideal job. You could be combining work and travel to the beautiful exotic locations that Australia has to offer.

WILL I HAVE SUPPORT?

As a student, you will be supported by:

  • A tutor who is experienced in the field of immunisation. Your tutor will help and guide you through the course, mark your assessments and provide you with feedback and clarify any query you may have.
  • A nurse educator/course coordinator who can provide additional support.
  • IT support when you encounter issues associated with the technical aspects of CNnect.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED AND WHAT CONTENT DO YOU COVER?

Students will be guided by the study and assessment timetable for this 10-week course. The contents meet the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (2017) requirements:

Theme 1: The Global and Australian Context for Immunisation

Theme 2: The Law, Ethics and Immunisation

Theme 3: The Immune System and Immunisation

Theme 4: Immunisation Practice

WHAT ARE THE COURSE ASSESSMENT ITEMS?

Assessment types include the following:

  • Online discussions
  • Learning contract
  • Quizzes
  • Case scenarios and catch-up 

There will be a study and assessment timetable to help you plan and manage the workload in this course.

IS THERE RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) FOR THIS COURSE?

If you have previously completed a course that meets the requirements as stipulated in The National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (2017), you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). RPL is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please email customer services at customerservices@acn.edu.au to receive an information package for RPL.

I HAVE COMPLETED THE IMMUNISATION FOR REGISTERED NURSES COURSE WITH ACN. DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE AGAIN?

If you have previously completed the Immunisation for Registered Nurses course with ACN, and have maintained the updates education as stipulated by the jurisdiction you are practicing in, you may not be required to complete this course again.

Information on immunisation updates sessions as continuing professional development (CPD) will be available at a later date. 

CAN ENROLLED NURSES, MIDWIVES AND PHARMACISTS STUDY THIS COURSE?

The Immunisation for Health Practitioners course is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other allied health workers.

All health professionals applying to enrol in the course must confirm eligibility to immunise independent of medical officers by checking health policy in their relevant state or territory.

HOW DO I ENROL?

To enrol, you will need to complete the Immunisation Enrolment Form, and submit it online.

You must include a copy of your registration certificate from the relevant National Board when you enrol.

CAN I CLAIM THIS COURSE AS A TAX DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSE?

It is best to speak to your accountant or contact the Australian Taxation Office (http://www.ato.gov.au).

CAN I PAY FOR THIS COURSE IN INSTALMENTS?

Full fees will have to be paid on application.

WHAT ARE THE FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS?

“I have learnt so much from this course, and will highly recommend this course to my friends and colleagues. It is a heavy 12 weeks course, but I truly enjoyed it, especially learning all vaccines and catch up schedule. The website is easy to use, the course schedule and assessment is very easy to read and clear. Tutor or course coordinator of this course are contactable and approachable. Communication via messaging or phone call is easy. Thank you so much for the learning opportunity.”

“I thought this course was very well designed and structured, I was actually really impressed with the content. Very interesting and relevant.”

“I went from feeling very over whelmed at the start to actually really enjoying the course.” 

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the course despite the heavy workload - an assignment per week is a tall order when already working. Logical order, well written information and I enjoyed each assignment and found them a great way to consolidate the information.” 

“This course has been highly relevant to my practice and well worthwhile completing.”

“Regardless of your location the course was delivered to suit the needs of each state listed, it has been challenging however very rewarding. The forum provides a great platform to discuss the course content with fellow students and tutor”

“I found the course to be very thorough, with excellent support and resource material available.”

“Having not attended any online study before I did find the course challenging, but interesting. To complete each of the assessments I had to be very organized time wise to complete the tasks as required.”

“I have really enjoyed this course. I have found the content very interesting and look forward to putting it in to practice and continuing to learn out in the community. I would highly recommend this course. “

“I loved the course, the information and resources (articles, web sites etc) were invaluable.”

“Many thanks for all I have learnt in this course. I have found it so beneficial for my work, very relevant, completely up to date and very professionally delivered. The weekly learning and assessment tasks were very well structured, carefully building the knowledge base. I did find the final assessment task extremely challenging, but very rewarding and extremely practical and relevant. Again a very big thank you to all involved in putting the Immunisation for registered nurses course together. I most definitely will recommend this course to others.”

CONTACT INFORMATION

Customer Services

T: +61 2 9745 7500 or 1800 265 534 (charges may apply)

E: customerservices@acn.edu.au  

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