Immunisation education

WA Health provides immunisation education to health professionals within the State.

This includes a comprehensive immunisation course for immunisation providers, which is available online, through the link provided below.

The online immunisation update serves as a refresher and:

  • provides updated information on all aspects of immunisation
  • serves to enhance immunisation knowledge.

Understanding vaccines and the national immunisation program

The Understanding vaccines and the national immunisation program (external site) was developed by South Australia Health, with input from the Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD).

This quality online training course uses animation and interactivity to promote learning.

It is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of immunology and immunisation to enable nurses to become confident and competent immunisation providers.

The course is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing and attracts 50 CPD points. It is equivalent to 100 hours of online learning.

Important information about the course for immunisation providers in WA

  • All previously issued immunisation certificates from the WA Department of Health will continue to be recognised. Nurses already possessing WA Immunisation certification are not required to complete this course.
  • This course is an approved program of study leading to authorisation for registered nurses immunising in WA. However, please be reminded that in WA, nurses are to vaccinate under a medical order, unless they meet the requirements of the Vaccine Administration Code (VAC). Nurses employed by the following groups meet the requirements of the VAC:
    • WA Health
    • local government authority
    • Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia or employed by a health service that is a member of this Council.

Requirements

  • You are required to provide your full name, current address, current (unexpired) CPR/BLS certificate and AHPRA number.
  • The course requires access to the internet. The system requirements are listed and should be checked prior to purchase. Animation, interactivity and audio may not be supported on some devices such as iPads or iPhones.
  • The program must be completed within a period of 20 weeks from the date of registration.
  • A self-registration process requires you to create a unique user name and password which enables you to login anywhere, anytime.

Assessments

An assessment follows most chapters and you must achieve 100 per cent in each assessment within a maximum of 3 attempts to allow you to progress through the course.

Costs

The course costs $198 inclusive of GST. Payment is made online through a secure PayPal system. Student registration is individual based and cannot be transferred from one student to another.

To find out more about the course and to register, please access the South Australian Health website (external site).

WA Health Immunisation Update

The inaugural Online Immunisation Update (OIU) has undergone a review to relfect the most recent changes in immunisation, and is now called the WA Health Immunisation Update (WAHIU).

The WAHIU has been developed by the CDCD and is offered free of charge. Providing WA immunisation providers with this update creates an opportunity for 24/7 access to current immunisation education. The online version creates a solution to the provision of immunisation updates, in an efficient and effective manner to immunisation service providers.

Important information

  • Although nurses with immunisation certification are required to undertake an annual update to maintain their certification, the update is also available to all immunisation providers as a tool to increase immunisation knowledge.
  • The update comprises of 5 modules including scenarios and quizzes.
  • It will take approximately 4 hours to complete and can be done over multiple sessions.
  • You will be able to print a certificate upon successful completion of all modules.
  • It is your responsibility to store this certificate safely as it is evidence of completing the update.

Read more about Using the WA Health Immunisation Update, including software requirements and how to clear your browser.

WA Health Influenza Immunisation Module

The influenza module has been developed to support immunisation providers who wish only to undertake a refresher in this topic. The WA Health Influenza Module provides the user with general influenza information and also reflects recent changes in influenza immunisation.

This module includes scenarios and quizzes and will take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be done over multiple sessions.

You will be able to print a certificate upon successful completion of the module.

It is your responsibility to store this certificate safely as it is evidence of completing the WA Health Influenza Immunisation Module (external site).

Read more about Using the WA Health Influenza Immunisation Module including software requirements.

Aboriginal health worker immunisation course

This immunisation course has been specifically developed for Aboriginal health workers (AHW) in Western Australia who are interested in administering and promoting immunisation.

The course is delivered over two weeks, and upon completion AHWs will be certified to administer vaccines under medical supervision. .

The course was developed by the Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Control Directorate in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA).

  • All Aboriginal health workers with a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Work (practice) are encouraged to undertake the course.

To register, contact AHCWA on 92271631 or for more information visit the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia website (external site).

Recognised prior learning

Immunisation providers who hold immunisation course certificates from outside Western Australia are eligible to apply for recognised prior learning (RPL).

RPL applications need to be received by the 25th of each month. Any applications received after the 25th will be reviewed in the following month’s intake.

The review process takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks.

To apply for RPL, please follow the below instructions.

More information

Email: immunisation.education@health.wa.gov.au

Immunisation clinical competency assessment – A guide for immunisation providers

The clinical competency assessment guide (PDF 283KB) will assist individuals in identifying levels of competency in their immunisation practice. This guide is purely optional and can be used by immunisation providers who are at varying  levels of competency.

Please note that this assessment tool is not a mandatory requirement of the immunisation course. Understanding vaccines and the national immunisation program covers comprehensive clinical knowledge relating to immunisation.