About the program

NPS MedicineWise, in partnership with the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), has been awarded a two-year contract from the Commonwealth Department of Health to develop a national Primary Health Network (PHN) immunisation support service. 

This program will deliver a national and coordinated approach, helping PHNs support a range of immunisation providers, including GPs, nurse immunisers, community health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services, local councils and pharmacies. This will enable them to deliver immunisation programs to their patients and communities, consistent with the Australian Immunisation Handbook and National Immunisation Program (NIP). 

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Program overview

Phase 1 – by November 2017

  • Complete a systematic consultation process with PHNs, includng an initial teleconference with each PHN and other key stakeholders.
  • Undertake research to explore the current landscape, the challenges, support needs and priorities of PHNs.
  • Conduct a co-design process with PHNs, governments and other key immunisation stakeholders to address identified gaps.

Phase 2 – by March 2018

  • Implement framework for supporting PHNs, focusing on education, resources and mechanisms for ongoing peer-to-peer communication, consultation and support for PHNs.

What do we plan to achieve through this program?

  • A sustainable program to support PHNs, tailored to meet their needs and the goals of the National Immunisation Program.
  • Stronger partnerships and collaboration between governments, PHNs and relevant peak organisations to support immunisation.
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness of immunisation services – consistent, reliable and fit-for-purpose.

About us

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit and evidence-based organisation that works to improve the way health technologies, medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used. 

Established in 1998 with the primary aim of promoting quality use of medicines, today we have grown to connect with health consumers and health professionals nationwide, changing attitudes and behaviours, and empowering all Australians to make the best possible healthcare decisions when they count.

For information about this program, contact 

Aine Heaney, Program Manager
Tel: (02) 8217 9230 
Email: aheaney@nps.org.au