Immunisation and Travel Health

Subject GENP90017 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Distance Education only

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: No face to face contact
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours: includes reading course materials, all activities and assessments


National Division 1 Registration

Current CPR certificate

Police record check

Working with Children check



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Prof Kelsey Hegarty


Academic Contact:

A/Prof Kelsey Hegarty
Phone: 03 8344 4992

Administrative Contact:

Weilun Nien
Phone: 03 9035 3821

Subject Overview:

This subject will focus on the theory and practical components of of adult and childhood immunisations and include:

  • an overview of the public health issues related to immunisation
  • clinical issues relevant to nurses providing immunisation including vaccinesincluded in the National Immunisation Program
  • the storage and handling of vaccines including cold chain management
  • regulatory requirements relating to the administration of vaccines by registered nurses.

In addition to this the content will include preventive aspects of travel health including social and environmental risks to the traveller.


At the completion of this subject the students should be able to

  • Discuss the principles of disease control in a population.
  • Store and administer adult and childhood vaccines in a safe manner as indicated by the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
  • Describe the health issues relevant to people travelling overseas and provide evidence based preventive measures to maintain optimum health whilst travelling.
  • Meet the standards to be able to register as a Nurse Immuniser with the appropriate Nursing Regulatory Bodies.
  • 2 case studies of 500 words each- 20% of the mark (due mid semester)
  • A resource folio of 2,000 words- 50% of the mark (due end semester)
  • Written assignment of 1000 words- 30% of the mark (due end semester)

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th Edition

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to plan strategies for improving the management of information in the workplace
  • An ability to work with colleagues to develop best practice in the delivery of programs
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing
Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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