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Immunisation Update: Changes to the Australian National Immunisation Program Schedule 2020

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.

Course Overview

This 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.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, 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

Course Content



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1 hour

Jul 2020

Jul 2020

Sept 2021

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Professional Development Leave Documents

Meryl Jones

Nurse Unit Manager, Refugee Health


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