WA Health approves pharmacist immunisation training

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The Western Australian Department of Health has approved the PSA’s Pharmacist Immunisation Training, adding yet another Australian jurisdiction moving towards pharmacist-delivered vaccinations.

Under the WA legislation, pharmacists are recognised as authorised immunisers and the PSA training is recognised under the Australian Vocational Education and Training sector and is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

The PSA training being offered in Western Australia is based on the training used internationally by more than 150,000 pharmacists and also in the highly successful Queensland Pharmacy Immunisation Pilot.

National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, says the decision aligns with moves across other States and Territories to allow pharmacists to deliver vaccinations.

“The Queensland pilot proved that pharmacists can deliver vaccinations in a safe and effective manner which brings significant benefits to the community,” Kardachi says.

“Some 11,000 people were immunised and about 14 per cent reported they had not been vaccinated before.

“The accessibility of the pharmacist-delivered vaccinations and the ease of access through pharmacies means that more people are getting vaccinated.

“This is a great public health initiative for Western Australia and all its communities.”

WA pharmacists can now register for the PSA training which is delivered in two parts: Online pre-reading, and face-to-face workshops.

For further details and to register go to http://www.psa.org.au/event/psa-wa-immunisation-training.

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