10th Edition, Australian Immunisation Handbook [Dept Health&Ageing] What's new in the 10th edition 2016
Immunise Australia Program [Aust Govt] Health Professionals.
Information for Health Professionals on various immunisation-related topics.
Schedule Splitting and Catch-Up Doses [Immunise Australia Program]
National Immunisation Program Schedule (From 20 April 2015) Includes March 2016
ACIR Australian Childhood Immunisation Register [ACIR][Medicare] ph 1800 653 809
Immunisation Myths and Realities: responding to arguments against immunisation 5th edition [Immunise Australia Program] Myths and Realities gives health professionals information to address some of the most commonly held myths about immunisation.
11.3.16 NO JAB, NO PAY – MORE TIME TO PROCESS VACCINATION RECORDS
"Vaccination providers now have until 30 April 2016 to update immunisation records in the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) before a parent’s eligibility for child care payments is ceased.
Parents in receipt of Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) whose children’s immunisations were not up to date as at 31 December 2015, were given a 63 day grace period (ending 18 March 2016) at the start of the measure to get their child’s immunisations up to date.
Early indications are that the No Jab, No Pay measure has resulted in a greater than anticipated demand for vaccinations and updating of vaccination histories, and this is causing delays for some vaccination providers / clinics being able to transfer vaccination records to the ACIR.
Because this processing delay in transferring the records to the ACIR is beyond the control of parents and to ensure those who have taken action and immunised their children are not disadvantaged when the grace period ends, the Prime Minister has decided that child care subsidies will be paid until 30 April 2016 while vaccination records on the register are updated.
While payments will continue to 30 April 2016, those parents who have not taken action to immunise their children by the end of the 18 March 2016 grace period may incur a debt which they will have to repay to Centrelink.
The grace period does not extend to new customers claiming CCB and CCR. New customers must be up to date when they apply to receive these payments.
In addition to CCB and CCR, the No Jab, No Pay policy also applies to the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement, but the delay in updating vaccination records will not affect the 2015-16 supplement, as it is paid after 30 June 2016.
The Department of Health has been working closely with the Departments of Social Services, Human Services and Education to implement the No Jab, No Pay measure which commenced on 1 January 2016.
The Department of Health is also working closely with state and territory governments to identify and provide targeted support to vaccination providers with a backlog of vaccination records to assist them to catch-up. This includes additional support for clinics providing services to complex clients such as refugees.
The Department of Human Services has allocated additional staffing resources to manage the increased workflows following implementation of the No Jab, No Pay measure.
The Department of Human Services (Centrelink) determines a child’s vaccination status and eligibility for payments by using the vaccination data contained in the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). ACIR records are constantly being updated as individual vaccination histories are reported to the register by vaccination providers.
More information will be available on the Department of Human Services website.
Kind regards, Secretariat
Jurisdictional Immunisation Coordinators (JIC) and National Immunisation Committee (NIC)"
Information can be submitted using:
• Medicare Online software
• Health Professional Online Services (HPOS)
• Manually - by completing either an Immunisation Encounter form or an Immunisation History form and sending it to DHS/ACIR.
The NEW Immunisation medical exemption form can be used to record natural immunity to diseases such as chickenpox and hepatitis b . This needs to forwarded to ACIR. Details are on the form. exemption [Medicare, Dept Human Services]
No Jab No Pay - New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments took effect from 1 January 2016.
Only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are fully immunised or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
Parents who wish to immunise their children in order to continue to receive family assistance payments will have access to free catch-up vaccines for a time-limited period (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017).
My Vaccination Helpful guide to childhood & travel vaccinations [GSK]
Community Immunity Support for running vaccination programs. [APNA, AAPM]
Sanofi Vaccine Hub Find out about vaccine-preventable diseases at any life stage, stay up-to-date on current vaccine topics, and learn how to protect yourself from disease at home and abroad.
Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates [Comm Dept Health]
The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates are compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS; influenza associated hospitalisations; sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners and emergency departments; ILI-related call centre calls and community level surveys; and sentinel laboratory testing results.
ISG's Influenza Awareness Program
Influenza Awareness Program has been conducted by the ISG in conjunction with high profile professional organisations such as the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The campaign further enlists the support of major patient advocacy groups, such as the National Asthma Council, National Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia to target specific ‘at risk' Australians.
National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance [NCIRS]
Consumer phone numbers [TGA]
Speak to a pharmacist from NPS Medicinewise (link is external) about a side effect of a medicine or vaccine on 1300 134 237
Speak to the TGA about a side effect or defect of a medicine or vaccine on 1800 044 114
Speak to the TGA about a problem with a device on 1800 809 361
Schedule Splitting and Catch-Up Doses [Immunise Australia Program]
ACIR Internet Help desk 1300 650 039
Govt Free Vaxes: CSL Online Order & Receipt System-COLORS [CSL]
Handling Vaccines [NSW Govt]
List of infectious diseases [Wikipedia]
Suspected reactions to vaccinations
Vic -132 229 [Maternal and Child Health Advice line]
WA -1800 022 222 [Health Direct]
NT- 1800 186 026 [Health Direct]
SA- 1300 364 100 [Child and Youth Health Parent Help Line]
'Report A Problem' TGA