The Victorian Government is committed to increasing access to vaccination for all Victorians, and ensuring there are a range of vaccination options that are convenient and available to protect those people most at risk of vaccine-preventable disease.
A number of health professionals are authorised to administer vaccinations in Victoria, including general practitioners, Nurse Immunisers, Nurse Practitioners and Pharmacist Immunisers. The circumstances under which health professionals are authorised to administer vaccines varies, and is defined by their scope of practice, the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017. Information about requirements for Nurse Immunisers and Pharmacist Immunisers in Victoria is available below.
The National Framework is a set of minimum curriculum content requirements and must be used as a resource by those involved in immunisation program management and education to assist with the planning and implementation of immunisation education strategies for eligible health professionals at undergraduate or post-graduate level, or through in-service modes of education.
The Commonwealth Department of Health has established a single point of entry for immunisation education provider courses seeking to be accredited against the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals. Health Education Services Australia (HESA) will undertake the accreditation of immunisation education programs against the National Framework.
A central national register of accredited immunisation education programs will be maintained on the HESA website.
Please note that in Victoria, HESA accredited applicants may need to demonstrate further competencies relevant to Victoria’s immunisation specific requirements.