Key messages

  • Nurse immunisers are authorised to possess and administer specified vaccines.
  • Nurse immunisers are also authorised to possess and administer some other Schedule 4 poisons, as necessary, for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions to the vaccines.

Nurse immunisers – approval from 28 March 2012

Approval under regulation 5(3) Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006

The approval applies to:

A nurse who is registered in Division 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia register who provides evidence to the employer of currency of competence and ongoing professional development in immunisation and who:

  • On 30 June 2010 was registered in division 1 of the register of nurses endorsed under section 27A of the Health Professions Registration Act 2005 by the Nurses Board of Victoria in the approved area of practice – Immunisation.

or

  • Has satisfactorily completed the assessment of a nurse immuniser program recognised by the Chief Health Officer (see Note 1).

or

  • Has satisfactorily completed a nurse immuniser program not recognised by the Chief Health Officer and has written confirmation from the program provider that at the time the program was completed, it was of equivalent standard to a program currently recognised by the Chief Health Officer.

Note 1 - For the nurse immuniser programs recognised by the Chief Health Officer see ‘Nurse immunisers’.

The nurse may possess and administer the following Schedule 4 poisons:

  1. vaccines listed in Appendix 1 and
  2. such other Schedule 4 poisons as are necessary for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions to the vaccines.

The following circumstances apply:

a. the nurse is employed or contracted by:

  • a medical practitioner
  • municipal council which employs, contracts or ensures access to a medical practitioner or
  • health services permit holder who employs, contracts or ensures access to a medical practitioner.

b. The medical practitioner referred in paragraph (a) is available to provide advice to the nurse on the use of the Schedule 4 poisons when needed.

c. The nurse possesses and administers only the Schedule 4 poisons obtained by the medical practitioner, municipal council or health services permit holder by whom he or she is employed or contracted.

d. The nurse administers the Schedule 4 poisons in:

  • the performance of his or her duties with the medical practitioner, municipal council or health services permit holder (as the case requires)
  • accordance with the edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook that is current at the time of the administration and
  • accordance with any guidelines issued by Department of Health such as the 'Approved client groups for immunisation by nurse immunisers'.

Appendix 1: Vaccines


Diphtheria

Measles

Rubella

Haemophilus influenzae type b

Meningococcus

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Hepatitis A

Mumps

Tetanus

Hepatitis B

Pertussis

Varicella

Human papillomavirus

Polio

Influenza

Rotavirus

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