Rules relaxed for SA pharmacist vaccinators

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The South Australian Government has introduced new regulatory reforms for pharmacist-delivered vaccinations

In a move to improve public health outcomes, South Australia has decided that trained pharmacists in South Australia will no longer have to renew their vaccination credentials every three years as of December 5, 2017.

PSA SA/NT President Robyn Johns says the reform will remove red tape burdens on pharmacists who have proven to be highly effective and accessible immunisers in the community.

“Pharmacists welcome SA Health Minister Peter Malinauskas’ vision and ongoing commitment to enable trained pharmacists to provide high quality and accessible vaccinations in community pharmacies – this new reform is a positive step forward for improving healthcare,” Ms Johns says. 

“We also sincerely thank SA Health for being supportive of these reforms.”

“While there will be no formal requirements for ongoing training, pharmacists are reminded that immunisers must have up-to-date First Aid, CPR and anaphylaxis training,” she says.

“Under the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s CPD Guidelines, all pharmacist immunisers are also expected by undertake CPD relevant to their scope of practice.”

Across Australia, all pharmacists can now vaccinate for influenza but in South Australia, pharmacists can also vaccinate for whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus as well as polio. 

In Victoria pharmacists can immunise for whooping cough – while pharmacists can vaccinate for whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson says: “On a national level, PSA is working closely with all State and Territory Governments and key health stakeholders to expand immunisation services beyond influenza.

“PSA supports immunisation as both a public health program and as a means of managing an individual’s health.”

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