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Immunisation Endorsement Pathway (Nurse Immuniser)

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$850
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Pathway

The Immunisation Endorsement Pathway has been designed for Registered Nurses and Midwives who want the ability to immunise independent of a Medical Officer. The learning is specific to the state or territory the student works in and involves a combination of online and face-to-face learning.

Components of the learning pathway include:

  1. Level 1: Explore the Foundations of Immunisation Practice - Online learning
  2. Level 2: The Course in Immunisation Practice in Primary Healthcare 10754NAT - online learning assessment, virtual or face-to-face workshop and observed skills practice
  3. Level 3: National Endorsement Unit - Online learning specific to jurisdictional requirements

This course has received direct recognition from State/Territory Health Departments in the ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia . Students who successfully complete 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.

Pathway overview

The Immunisation Endorsement Pathway provides students with comprehensive knowledge related to relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice for the administration of vaccines. This promotes consistency across states and territories among qualified health professionals involved in the implementation and application of immunisation procedures. The immunisation course for nurses is designed for students who want the ability to immunise without a written medication order for approved NIP vaccines when administered through a recognised immunisation service provider 

The Course in Immunisation Practice in Primary Healthcare (10754NAT) is based on the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals.

Pathway outline

The Immunisation Endorsement Course is based on the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals 

This nationally accredited course is for Registered Nurses and Midwives who are required to administer vaccinations independent of a Medical Officer.

Pathway components:

  • Explore the Foundations of Immunisation Practice - Online learning
  • Explore the Course in Immunisation Practice in Primary Healthcare - Online learning and assessment, workshop and observed skills practice
  • Immunisation Endorsement Unit - Online learning specific to jurisdictional requirements.

Authorised immunisers work in a variety of settings including community, primary healthcare, tertiary and corporate organisations.

Currently, this qualification has received direct recognition from State Health Departments in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. Students who successfully complete 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.

Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the Immunisation Endorsement Pathway, health professionals will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule
  • Implement effective Cold Chain Management
  • Develop and implement a Catchup schedule.
  • Understand the National, State or Territory Legislative Act relevant to immunisation practice within the jurisdiction they practice
  • Apply fundamental elements of legislation, standards and codes for the administration of vaccines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of state or territory legislation relating to authorisation/endorsement.

On successful completion, students will receive a Statement of Attainment for the Course in Immunisation Practice in Primary Healthcare (10754NAT).

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the Immunisation Endorsement Course must provide evidence of a relevant professional role and hold one of the following: 

  • AHPRA registered nursing qualification 
  • Medical practitioner qualification 

Relevant roles would include: 

  • Registered Nurses 
  • General Practitioners 
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Midwives 

Benchmarque Group Specific Requirements Students must complete the Foundations of Immunisation Practice Course prior to entry to this course.

Delivery

The Immunisation Endorsement Pathway recognises that registered nurses and registered midwives play an important role in maintaining high immunisation coverage rates through the provision of accurate and comprehensive information about vaccines and immunisation programs.

The qualification provides students with comprehensive knowledge related to relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice for the administration of vaccines. This promotes consistency across states and territories among qualified health professionals involved in the implementation and application of immunisation procedures.

Pathway delivery and assessment includes:

  • Online assessment completed via accessIQ
  • One day virtual or face-to-face workshop
  • In-class activities assessed by a qualified assessor
  • Observed skills practice.
Assessment

Delivery and assessment includes online learning completed via accessIQ, a one day virtual or face-to-face workshop, in-class activities assessed by a qualified assessor and mandatory observed skills practice.

There is no pre-reading and all course materials are supplied.

To achieve competency students must demonstrate successful completion of:

  • Practical simulations and oral questioning
  • Written questions covering essential knowledge and skills
  • Mandatory observed skills practice.

Under HESA's Framework (a subsidiary of ANMAC), it is a requirement for any Registered Nurse or Midwife seeking authorisation as a nurse immuniser to have completed training that meets the minimum accreditation standards. 

Workplace activity or observed skills practice is a mandatory requirement for this course. 

The observed practice can be completed in a virtual setting or in simulated workplace conditions. 

Workplace practice must be observed by a medical practitioner, practice manager or practice nurse that performs the identified workplace tasks as part of their role.

All workplace observed activities must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards and infection control policies and procedure.

All workplace observed activities must be completed in accordance with workplace policies and procedures of the facility where the activity is being conducted.

Value for organisations

Build comprehensive Immunisation independence with this Program that covers foundations, Immunisation Practice in Primary Health Care, and importantly the Endorsement which is based on specific learning for jurisdictional requirements. The pathway offers the ability to immunise without a Medical Officer overview.

What to expect

The workshop involves practical workshop activities involving cold chain management and administration of vaccines in a simulated environment. Students are required to pair up as part of the practical skills activities, with all practice and assessments performed on a mannequin. The course practical assessment is conducted during the skills activity session.

What we expect

Students enrolled in Benchmarque Group courses should adhere to the following principles:

  • Display a commitment to learning and to achieving success
  • Be responsible and accountable for their own learning, behaviour and decisions
  • Actively participate in all workshop activities and learning experiences
  • Attend all scheduled sessions and be punctual at all times
  • Complete all online assessments and workplace practice activities
  • Work in harmony and respect the rights and opinions of staff and other students
  • Treat others as they themselves would like to be treated
  • Use acceptable language at all times.

Key Information

1 Day
Workshop
$850 inc GST
per student
112 hours study
CPD hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

Suitable Professions

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Registered Nurse
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General Practitioner
Units of Competency
IPPINP004
Determine and communicate immunisation needs for women in pregnancy
IPPDIV005
Determine and communicate immunisation needs for Influenza vaccination
IPPIAO006
Determine and communicate immunisation needs for adult and older persons
IPPSIP007
Determine and communicate immunisation needs for school immunisation programs
IPPSCI001
Source and communicate immunisation information in primary healthcare
IPPISP002
Implement systems and processes to deliver immunisation services
IPPPPV003
Plan and perform vaccination
IPPCCU008
Coordinate immunisation Catch-Up programs
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

How many CPD hours will I achieve for completing this Course?

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

For all other health professionals completing this course, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

How long do I have to complete the assessment?

6 months. The time is calculated from when a student activates their assessment. Within the accessIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 3 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 3 month period, students can request a maximum of 1 extension, this extension being for a period of 90 days.

How many times can I submit my assessment?

If you are deemed Not Yet Competent on your first and second assessment submissions, feedback will be provided. It is very important that you read all the feedback provided. The Assessor will have identified any areas where additional evidence is required or any questions that need to be reviewed and resubmitted. If, after 3 unsuccessful submissions, you are unable to demonstrate competency on your assessment, your assessment will be deemed Not Competent. Feedback will be provided to you and what the possible following steps and outcomes are.

Who can attend this course?
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Midwives
Is there a fee if I want to change my workshop date?

To move your workshop date, you will be required to pay a non-refundable fee. Please choose your workshop carefully as it is a requirement that your pre-requisite learning is completed and assessed before you can attend your scheduled workshop. If you do not complete your pre-requisite learning in time for the workshop, you may be required to pay further fee(s) to reschedule.