NPS MedicineWise partners with National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance to deliver support program

The Primary Health Networks Immunisation Support Program will be co-designed with PHNs to better support and coordinate immunisation providers and services in their regions.

Its aim is to ensure PHN efforts across the country deliver on National Immunisation Program goals and are as consistent as possible, while addressing specific challenges in their local areas.

Immunisation providers, including GPs, nurses, community health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services, local councils and pharmacies will benefit from the new PHN immunisation programs.

These will be consistent with the Australian Immunisation Handbook guidance, but adapted to be more targeted to specific community and patient requirements.

“We are pleased to partner with National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) on such a nationally significant and essential undertaking to enhance the effectiveness of immunisation services throughout the country,” says NPS MedicineWise CEO, Lynn Weekes.

“Supporting the invaluable work of PHNs by ensuring they are well-equipped with consistent and tailored immunisation information for the health professionals working in their local communities, is our priority in the development of this new program.”

The program is in early stages of development during which NCIRS and NPS MedicineWise will undertake a systematic consultation process with PHNs and key stakeholders around the country to identify and respond to their particular challenges and requirements in the immunisation space.

NCIRS Deputy Director, Associate Professor Kristine Macartney, says, “The input and local insights we receive from PHNs will be crucial to informing the program’s development.

“This and the combined expertise of NCIRS and NPS MedicineWise put us in a strong position to work to ensure that future PHN immunisation programs are consistent and that they effectively deliver messages that are relevant to local communities and immunisation providers across Australia.

“This should enable us to protect more people from disease through effective delivery of immunisation.”