Immunisation Update 2020: Changes to the National Immunisation Schedule


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Course Outline

The education session will provide an overview of the recent changes to the National Immunisation Program schedule for children. It will encourage Nurse Immunisers to reflect on their practice and provide information about schedule changes.



The National Immunisation Schedule is reviewed on an annual basis leading to minor and, at times, significant changes. The vaccination schedule is a significant public health effort to ensure the health of our populations and therefore it is important that all paediatric/child health nurses & midwives understand the latest updates.



The purpose of this webinar is to provide nurses working with young children and their families an opportunity to update their knowledge of the Immunisation schedule in accordance with the Australian National Immunisation Schedule.


Learning Outcomes

In this video learning activity, you will:

  • Receive information about vaccine-preventable diseases the schedule changes relate to
  • Gain an understanding of why these changes have been made
  • Acquire knowledge regarding the risk factors for vaccine-preventable diseases the schedule changes relate to
  • Think critically about vaccine service provision as a Nurse Immuniser



Meryl Jones originally trained as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in the UK and has maintained a strong interest in providing care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

She has worked in a variety of clinical settings in Australia and overseas, including paediatric emergency departments in Brisbane and the UK, ENT surgery for children living in remote Queensland Aboriginal communities, and cardiac surgery for children and adults in Papua New Guinea and East Africa.

Meryl has maintained an interest in paediatric vaccines since first working as a research nurse with the Oxford Vaccine Group.

Since then, she’s developed education programs for paediatric emergency nurses on immunisation, written a best practice guideline for immunising people of refugee background and vaccinated far too many babies, children and adults to count.

Meryl is a member of the Steering Committee of the Refugee Nurses of Australia network and has presented at a number of national and international conferences and professional education sessions on refugee health.

Meryl currently works as a refugee health nurse in Brisbane and still finds time to participate in the yearly flu vaccine campaign.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz Time: 1 hour
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