The PSA has released its revised immunisation guidelines to reflect the growing movement among State and Territory Governments to allow pharmacist-delivered vaccinations.
The revised guidelines focus on the pharmacist being the immuniser and promote best practice in the delivery of high-quality pharmacist immunisation services.
National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, says the PSA’s revised Practice guidelines for the provision of immunisation services within pharmacy were developed to assist pharmacists in providing vaccinations to increase immunisation rates in the community. The guidelines are an important resource for pharmacists involved in this health initiative.
“PSA been a leader in advocating that pharmacists be allowed to deliver immunisations and the success of the immunisation trial in Queensland has led to other jurisdictions across Australia moving towards this model,” Kardachi says.
“In Queensland some 10,000 people were vaccinated during the trial, and many of these indicated they would not have been vaccinated if this service was not available.
“Already Western Australia and the Northern Territory have legislated in this area and other States have signalled they are likely to follow suit.
“This is a very positive development for health delivery in Australia and will help to vaccinate cohorts of the community who previously would not have been vaccinated.”
The revised guidelines were released last night at a special workshop held at the PSA WA Branch, and available by webinar, where the clinical aspects and regulatory issues for pharmacists administering the influenza vaccination were examined.
“These new guidelines promote specific policies and protocols designed to ensure safe and effective channels of communication between healthcare providers.
“PSA supports immunisation as both a public health program and as a means of managing an individual’s health,” Kardachi says.