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What are the changes to yellow fever accreditation?

Individual practitioners seeking to administer yellow fever vaccination are now required to complete the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module. Accreditation is valid for 3 years, after which the module must be completed again.

Nurse practitioners can now prescribe yellow fever vaccination, provided it is within their scope of practice.

See the Information for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers fact sheet for further information.

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse endorsed by the NMBA who has direct clinical contact and practises within their scope under the legislatively protected title ‘nurse practitioner’ under the National Law.

How do I access the online course?

The Course will be hosted on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) online learning platform from 26 November 2018. Select ‘enrol’ (or login if you are an ACRRM member) and you will be able to immediately access the course.

I am not a member of Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) can I still access the yellow fever vaccination course?

Yes, the course is freely available to anyone who wishes to complete the course.

We are an existing yellow fever vaccination centre do we need to be reaccredited?

No, reaccreditation is not required.

Existing individual practitioners in your centre are required to complete the course within the next 3 years, i.e.by 26 November 2021. All new practitioners seeking to provide yellow fever vaccination will need to complete the online module before they can prescribe yellow fever vaccination in your centre. Any change of details including change of individual practitioners must be notified to MOH-vaccreports@health.nsw.gov.au within 7 days using the change of details form.

We are an existing yellow fever vaccination centre. Who do we notify once existing individual practitioners have completed the course?

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres will be required to maintain a log of all practitioners prescribing the vaccine and evidence that they have successfully completed of the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module. NSW Health will receive a training log to monitor compliance against the new training requirements. You are not required to submit the certificates of completion to NSW Health.

How do we notify a change of details for an existing yellow fever vaccination centre?

Any change of details including change of individual practitioners must be notified to MOH-Vaccreports@health.nsw.gov.au within 7 days using the change of details form.

You can contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 for any further advice.

I am a general practitioner working in an existing yellow fever vaccination centre - do I need to complete the yellow fever vaccination course?

Yes, you are required to complete the course within the next 3 years i.e. by 26 November 2021. If you no longer wish to provide yellow fever vaccinations please notify your Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.

I am a nurse practitioner - can I prescribe yellow fever vaccination?

Yes, nurse practitioners are also eligible to seek accreditation to prescribe the vaccine, providing it is within your scope of practice. Following accreditation you must only administer the vaccine at an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre (except in rare circumstances where it may be given in a hospital).

I am an enrolled/registered nurse - can I administer yellow fever vaccination?

An enrolled/registered nurse can administer the vaccine under the delegation of the prescribing medical practitioner, and may complete and sign the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).

I am an authorised nurse immuniser - do I have authority to administer yellow fever vaccination?

You may only administer yellow fever vaccination with a valid order from an authorised prescribing practitioner.

How do I become a yellow fever accredited practitioner?

Registered medical or nurse practitioners must:

  • successfully complete the online Yellow Fever Learning Module available on the ACRRM online learning platform
  • provide the completion certificate to the accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre in which you intend to practise
  • only administer the vaccine at an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre (except in rare circumstances where it may be given in a hospital).

How do we become a yellow fever accredited centre?

Please contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 for approval to become a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre or refer to the Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre application package.

Is a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine required every 10 years?

No, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine should provide lifelong immunity in most healthy adults and children. Please refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook for advice on travellers who are recommended to receive a booster dose.

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Current as at: Tuesday 5 May 2020
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