Immunisation Education

Immunisation stands as a cornerstone of public health, safeguarding communities by preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Recognising nurses' crucial role in public health, APNA provides a comprehensive training suite focused on elevating knowledge about immunisation. These education activities has been specifically designed to address the distinct needs of primary care nurses working across various health care settings. Whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned professional, our CPD will deepen your expertise.

The activities encompass a broad spectrum of topics, from understanding the intricacies of the immune system to vaccine comparisons and navigating medico-legal considerations. You can delve into the latest National Immunisation Program guidelines and develop adeptness in adverse event management, ensuring a safe health care environment through prompt recognition and effective response to reactions. The activities go beyond theoretical understanding; they equip you with practical skills.

These carefully curated elements break free from prescribed sequences, allowing you to tailor your learning journey based on your specific needs and interests. As a guardian of community health, your role is pivotal. Participating in APNA's immunisation education contributes to enhancing patient safety, promoting public health, and cultivating informed healthcare environments.


1-2hr presentations

  • Anaphylaxis and immunisation – adverse events
    Format: 2hr presentation
    Elevate your immunisation expertise through this comprehensive 2 hour presentation, guiding primary health care nurses in managing adverse events.  Recognise mild to severe reactions, from difficult breathing to abdominal pain, ensuring a nuanced understanding of anaphylaxis. This module equips nurses to identify signs for prompt intervention. Delve into the complexities of adverse reactions, ensuring you can respond effectively to immunisation-related events fostering a safe and informed health care environment.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.

Full-day presentations

  • Principles of immunisation
    Format: 8hr presentation
    Enhance your immunisation mastery in our 8-hour Principles of Immunisation workshop. Immerse yourself in vital vaccination principles, navigate cold chain intricacies, and gain insights into the National Immunisation Program.
    This immersive day features hands-on skills sessions directly applicable to your health care practices. Each session throughout the day will enhance your proficiency in implementing safe and effective immunisation protocols.
    Tailored for primary health care nurses, this comprehensive workshop guarantees a deep understanding of immunisation foundations. Whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned professional, the session covers critical topics, empowering nurses for effective immunisation practices across diverse health care settings.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Immunisation update and current inclusions on the National Immunisation Program
    Format: 8hr presentation
    Stay at the forefront of immunisation practices, delivering effective care in line with the latest National Immunisation Program guidelines with this workshop. Covering vaccines for Vaxelis, COVID-19, HPV, Pneumococcal, Meningococcal, and Shingles, the session provides a comprehensive understanding of the NIP Schedule. It explores topics such as comparing vaccines available in Australia, mixing doses, administration methods, and co-administration with other vaccines. This ensures primary health care nurses are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of immunisation, offering optimal care and adherence to the latest guidelines for patient safety and well-being.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Developing Immunisation catch-up schedules
    Format: 8hr presentation
    Confidently develop immunisation catch-up schedules for diverse age groups with this one-day workshop. Learn the three-step process, including confirming vaccination history, planning the catch-up schedule, and initiating the plan. Dive into the intricacies of considering antigen combinations and ensuring minimal intervals between doses. Covering vaccines like Hep B, polio, Vaxelis, pneumococcal, measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus, and meningococcal, this module equips primary health care nurses to navigate the complexities of catch-up immunisations. Enhance your skills, ensuring optimal protection for individuals across various age brackets and contributing to comprehensive public health.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.

Online learning modules

  • Immunisation in Primary Health Care
    Format: 12hr online learning module
    Elevate your immunisation expertise through this self-paced, comprehensive online module tailored for primary health care nurses. The module delves into crucial aspects of immunisation, including pre-vaccination counselling, vaccine administration, and post-vaccination care, ensuring a profound understanding of immunisation practices.
    Explore diverse topics, from ordering vaccines and understanding Medicare incentives to enhancing practice AIR immunisation rates. Delve into the complexities of the immune system, uncover public health benefits, and gain insights into vaccine-preventable diseases. Module content also covers medico-legal issues and vaccination in special risk groups, providing a nuanced understanding. This meticulously designed course equips primary health care nurses with the knowledge necessary for informed and effective immunisation practices in diverse health care settings.

Bespoke immunisation education 

Looking for a bespoke immunisation education package for your team? Contact courses@apna.asn.au and we can tailor a package to your needs.

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