Immunisation and Travel Health

Subject GENP90017 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Students are required to undertake a clinical placement (10 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

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

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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 Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mrs Tracy Murphy


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 in Victoria
  • 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)
  • Completion of 5 quizzes, approximate time 2 hours, pass/fail hurdle requirement (due end semester)
  • Completion of 10 immunisations recorded in the Log Book, pass/fail hurdle requriement (due end semester)
  • Participation in reflective journal equivalent to 1000 words, pass/fail hurdle requirement (due end of semester)

In order to pass this hurdle requirement, students must demonstrate that they have read and understood the materials related to the tasks and can apply the principles and evidence based guidelines to the context in which they work.

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

Prescribed Texts:

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

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

Students undertaking this subject via the Community Access Program (CAP) must provide all the following supporting documents when applying:

  • Evidence of National Division 1 Registration.
  • Certified copies of academic transcript from undergraduate degree.
  • Evidence of at least one year professional experience in a clinical setting (the provision of a CV is not sufficient; an example of valid evidence is a letter of reference or an employment contract).

All enrolled students are required to provide the following documents as per the policies and processes available here: Students are not permitted to undertake clinical placements without the provision of these documents:

  • Current CPR certificate (including adult, children and infants) or equivalent
  • Police record check

This program is specifically designed for Division 1 Nurses who wish to become independent Nurse Immunisers in Victoria.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing
Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing
Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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