Sydney North PHN aims to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community by providing information on the National Immunisation Schedule and support to immunisation providers and the community. In collaboration with the Public Health Unit, we can identify areas with lower immunisation rates, support strategies including data cleansing, cold chain management and use AIR reports to aspire to rates above 95%.
Our PCA team can visit practices to assist with accessing the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), reviewing reports of overdue children, support data logging and cold-chain breach, and provide information and resources.
Sandra Collins – T 9432 8234
Kim Kindler – T 9432 8227
Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
AIR is a register of vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia, and supersedes the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). AIR records vaccinations given through general practices and community clinics; it does not include those provided through school vaccination programs (HPV, catch-up HepB, varicella, dTP).
People of all ages enrolled in Medicare are automatically included on the AIR.
The ACIR was introduced to hold vaccination details for children 0 to 7. The earliest year of birth that data was recorded in the ACIR was 1989. From January 2016, the ACIR was recording vaccinations for ages 0 to 19 inclusive. From 30 September 2016, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) became the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), recording vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia. It does not automatically update retrospective vaccinations – these need to be added by the general practitioner. Vaccinations given after 30 September 2016 can be recorded by your vaccination provider. This includes National Immunisation Program vaccinations and privately funded vaccinations.
An AIR logon enables GPs to:
- Check patient records
- Update records instantly, including overseas history
- Request reports to help cleanse data
- Email enquiries and request amendments of records to AIR by secure email
Instructions on how to use AIR:
- How to register for an AIR log on
- How to log on to AIR
- How to request an AIR report
- How to submit data and update an encounter
If you have already registered but lost your logon details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the AIR support line on 1300 650 039.
Alerts and Updates
- 2017 Immunisation Updates Booking Now OPEN for Authorised nurse immunisers. Sessions are for Authorised Nurse Immunisers to maintain their authority to practice but anyone with an interest in immunisation is welcome to attend. To book, click here. Bookings are essential. Spaces are limited so book well in advance to avoid missing out!
- New access arrangements under NIP Supporting No Jab No Pay, National Immunisation Program – Expansion for refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over in addition to free catch-up vaccines for all individuals aged 10 to 19 years – July 11 2017 – see Resources.
- NSW Vaccination Centre – online ordering
- The URL of the NSW Vaccine Ordering System has changed to https://nsw.tollhealthcare.com/
- Please save this URL in your favourites. The new URL is operational and users should move to it as soon as possible.
- Phone 1300 656 132 and fax 1800 041 528 remain the same.
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2017
- Immunise Australia resources, including posters and fact sheets for health professionals and consumers, are now available. They will be distributed to practices and can also be ordered here.
- Advice for immunisation providers
- Information for Healthcare Workers
- The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age. You might be interested in reading this article: ‘Millions of Australian adults are unvaccinated and it’s increasing disease risk for all of us‘.
- Pneumococcal Vaccination
- Invasive Meningococcal disease – serotype W
- National Shingles Vaccination Program – Nov 2016
- Australian Immunisation Handbook updates
- NSW Immunisation Schedule effective from 1 April 2016 and FAQs for GPs – March 2016
- 18-month DTPa Vaccination Program advice to GPs and AMS– March 2016
- NSW Immunisation Schedule – March 2016
- NSW Immunisation Resources Order Form – February 2016
- NSW Primary Vaccination Catch-Up Schedule, 10 to 19 years – January 2016
- Letter to Immunisation Providers regarding No Jab, No Pay – December 2015
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Alert – November 2015
- No Jab, No Pay Document – November 2015
- Australian Immunisation Handbook
- Immunise Australia
- Immunise Australia resources for health professionals
- National Immunisation Program: Free catch-up vaccines for all individuals aged 10 to 19 years (ongoing)
- National Immunisation Program: Free catch-up vaccines for refugees and other humanitarian entrants aged 20 years and over (ongoing)
- NIP expansion – A3 Consumer Poster – 10 to 19 year olds
- NIP expansion – DL Consumer Flyer – 10 to 19 year olds
- Public Health Unit (Northern Sydney)
1300 066 055 or fax: 9477 9019
The Public Health Unit provides health protection services to the people of the Northern Sydney Local Health District which extends from Sydney Harbour to the Hawkesbury River.
- NSW Immunisation Schedule
- Catch up schedules
- Ordering Vaccines
- NSW Health website for immunisation providers
- HPV Register: GPs and other immunisation providers are strongly encouraged to notify all HPV vaccine doses administered in general practice to the HPV register, not AIR.
- Smart Traveller Australian Government Website
General information about overseas travel with specific information about necessary vaccinations and health precautions for people travelling abroad.
- National Centre for Immunisation research and Surveillance (NCIRS) fact sheets
- NSW Specialist Immunisation Service Advice Line
1800 679 477
For advice regarding immunisation for patients with complex or unusual medical backgrounds or who have had an adverse event following immunisation.
Cold Chain Management
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting you and your family against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems and sometimes death.
- Accessing your child’s Immunisation History Statement
- No Jab No Pay – Free catch up vaccines are available for children under 10 years of age (ongoing) and persons 10-19 years of age (until 31 December 2017)
- Immunise Australia Fact Sheets
- Pregnancy and influenza
- National Shingles Vaccination Program brochure
- Save the Date to Vaccinate