What are the changes?

New national guidelines for yellow fever vaccination centres and providers

The Australian Government Department of Health has developed National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers. The guidelines aim to provide a nationally consistent approach to yellow fever vaccination and provide guidance on minimum requirements for yellow fever vaccination and accreditation procedures. The guidelines include changes to yellow fever accreditation requirements for yellow fever vaccination centres and practitioners.
 

What are the changes to yellow fever vaccination accreditation?

Individual practitioners prescribing yellow fever vaccination will now be required to successfully complete the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module every three years.
 
The online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module was developed by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in consultation with experts from a range of immunisation and travel medicine-related fields. The module has been accredited with ACRRM for 3 Core ACRRM Professional Development Program points for members and can be accessed from the ACRRM online learning platform from 26 November 2018.  You do not have to be an ACRRM member to access the training.
 
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres will be required to maintain a log of all practitioners prescribing the vaccine and evidence that they have successfully completed the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module. NSW Health will receive a training log from the Australian Department of Health to monitor compliance against the new training requirements. 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.
 
Nurse practitioners will now be able to seek accreditation to prescribe the yellow fever vaccine, providing it is within their scope of practice and included in their prescribing formulary.
 

Why have these changes occurred?

The National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers aim to strengthen yellow fever accreditation in Australia and ensure individual practitioners are adequately trained to safely administer yellow fever vaccination for travellers.
 
Further information can be found on the Australian Department of Health website.
 

When do the changes come into effect?

On 26 November 2018, the new training requirement for prescribers of the yellow fever vaccine will be introduced along with new National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers.
 
Existing Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre providers are required to complete the course within the next three years, i.e. by 26 November 2021 and provide evidence of completion to their Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
 
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres will be required to provide details of all their practising yellow fever vaccine providers to their local public health unit.
 
New applications for approval as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre will require evidence of completion of the course for all practitioners seeking to prescribe the yellow fever vaccination at the centre.
 

Summary of key changes  

​Vaccination provider Old requirements​ New requirements​
Medical Practitioners​

Only administer the vaccine at an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre

  • Successfully complete the online course
  • Provide the certificate of completion 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)
​Nurse Practitioners

​No authority to prescribe yellow fever vaccination

  • Ensure yellow fever vaccination is within your scope of practice
  • Have yellow fever vaccine included on your prescribing formulary
  • Successfully complete the online course
  • Provide the certificate of completion to the Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre where 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)
​Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres
  • Seek approval from your local public health unit and maintain conditions of appointment
  • Notify your state/territory health authority of any change of details.
  • Seek approval from your local public health unit and maintain conditions of appointment
  • Notify NSW Health of any change of details within 7 days using the new change of details form​.
  • Maintain a log of all practitioners prescribing the vaccine and evidence that they have successfully completed the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Learning Module​. Note: NSW Health will receive a training log from the Australian Department of Health to monitor compliance against the new training requirements. 
 

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