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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%.

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Contact

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

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Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

About 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.

History

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.

Information for pharmacists 

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

If you have already registered but lost your logon details, please email air@humanservices.gov.au or contact the AIR support line on 1300 650 039.

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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.

Resources

  • 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.

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Cold Chain Management

All practices are now required to perform weekly data logging. Information on data loggers is available through the public health unit.

Community Information

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.

Local Council Immunisation Clinics

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