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Course Overview

This module has been developed to provide an understanding of pertussis in Australia. It looks at immunisation rates, symptoms, preventing pertussis using various strategies, incentives and delivering immunisation services.

Estimated Duration

1 hour / 1 CPD hour

About the Author

This online educational course has been developed thanks to an educational grant provided by Sanofi Pasteur.

This module was originally developed by Liz Meadley and reviewed by a working party including; Christine Staples, Patrick Cashman and Jody Stephenson.

In 2015, nurse consultants Michelle Wills and Rebekah Cox reviewed and updated the course.

The course was reviewed and updated in 2017 by nurse consultant Dallas Allin.

Learning Outcomes

The module will provide you with an understanding of:

  • stages, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and prevention of pertussis in Australia,
  • pertussis immunisation rates,
  • opportunistic immunisation and exemption circumstances,
  • the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP),
  • a nurse’s role in immunisation and duty of care,
  • improving practice immunisation rates, and
  • effective systems for general practice nurses to deliver immunisation services.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at nurses who already have a basic understanding of vaccinations and immunising. If you don’t feel you have the adequate knowledge about what immunisation and vaccinations are, please refer to the online learning ‘Immunisation’ course

Please note: Due to the regular updates made to the National Immunisation Handbook, this course will refer to ‘The National Immunisation Handbook’ as being the latest edition printed on the Australian Immunisation Website found.

What you’ll get

Once you’ve finished the module, you’ll be able to download and save a certificate of completion.



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