COVID-19 Vaccine: A Patient’s Experience

  Jenni is a pharmacist working in a Western Sydney hospital and was one of the first people in her community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinated on the first day of the rollout at Rosedale Medical Practice, Jenni shared that she was very pleased that her GP was amongst the first selected by the […]

Western Sydney COVID-19 Vaccination Hubs – access for those eligible as 1b

The Western Sydney COVID-19 Vaccination Hubs are now opening to all people categorised as 1b under the NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccination roll out plan. People eligible for vaccination under Phase 1b are: Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a Household contacts of quarantine and border workers Critical and high-risk workers who are […]

Getting the Timing Right with Vaccinations

Vaccination is our best defence against flu viruses. Behaviours such as increased handwashing and social distancing helped stop the spread of flu viruses in the community last year. Relaxing social distancing restrictions this year may allow flu viruses to recirculate, even if they were hardly seen in 2020.  Under the National Immunisation Program, free flu vaccines are provided […]

2021 Seasonal NIP Influenza Vaccine Orders Open: What Does this Mean for Your Practice?

  The online NSW State Vaccine Ordering Centre opened for flu vaccines orders on Monday 8 March. Practices should have received an email containing instructions for the commencement of Influenza vaccine ordering.  Although social distancing and personal hygiene improvements due to COVID-19 have seen a decrease in flu presentations throughout NSW and Australia, it is important that people […]

Practices are Invited to Participate in a Free Trial: AuTOMATIC Study

To improve immunisation rates in Western Sydney, GPs are invited to be a part of the AuTOMATIC Study to determine whether personalised SMS reminders are effective for improving the uptake and timeliness of routine vaccination among children. This is a trial, and the cost of the SMS is free for participating practices. The latest data on […]

AuTOMATIC Study Aims to Improve Immunisation Rates in Western Sydney

To improve immunisation rates in Western Sydney, GPs are invited to be a part of the AuTOMATIC Study to determine whether personalised SMS reminders are effective for improving the uptake and timeliness of routine vaccination among children. The study is led by researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute, SmartVax in Perth, Western Australia and supported […]

Immunisation Bike Competition – There’s Still Time to Register

Western Sydney has continually had a very low rate of immunisation in children under five years old[1]  and we need to continue to educate parents and carers about the importance of maintaining up-to-date, routine vaccinations whilst providing reassurance that health care services are safe, even during COVID-19. Our annual Immunisation Bike Competition is underway and […]

Immunise for a Healthier Future and Register Your Practice

Our annual Immunisation Bike Competition launches on Thursday 1 October this year, and offers a fantastic opportunity for general practices to be a part of this nationally acclaimed initiative. Practices are asked to encourage parents to bring in their children on time for vaccinations, even during COVID-19. Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way […]

Advice for Vaccine Providers in Western Sydney: National Immunisation Program Schedule Change

On Wednesday 1 July 2020, significant changes were made to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule. These changes impact all vaccination providers, and the following information will assist you with implementing the new schedule. The changes are being implemented following recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation and other clinical experts to improve […]

World Immunisation Week

World Immunisation Week ran from 24 until 30 April and promotes awareness of vaccines in protecting people of all ages against disease. This year’s theme #VaccinesWork for All, demonstrates the value of vaccines for children and communities, and how routine immunisation, builds a strong foundation for resilient health systems. It also champions those who develop, […]