Vaccine Administration Code
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Section 18(1d)(a)(iii) of the Controlled Substances Act 1984 (the Act) authorises a registered health practitioner to administer a prescription drug
In South Australia section 18(1d)(a)(iii) of the Controlled Substances Act 1984 (the Act) provides authorisation for health professionals to administer specified vaccines (PDF 137KB) without a medical order if the administration is in accordance with the Vaccine Administration Code (the Code).
One of the requirements of the Code is that the registered health practitioner must have successfully completed an approved education program. Any immunisation education program that has been approved by another State or Territory Health Department for authorisation of registered health practitioners, is recognised as an approved education program by SA Health for registered nurse immunisers. For further information see approved immunisation education programs in South Australia.
For information on immunisation courses offered by SA Health see Immunisation provider training and education.
Authorised registered health practitioners must only administer the vaccines specified in the Code and as part of a program delivered by an approved organisation. Local Health Networks that are part of SA Health, SA Ambulance Service, councils and council subsidiaries are recognised as approved health facilities and do not need to seek approval. Other organisations can apply to be approved by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. For more information and an application form see approved organisations for delivering immunisation programs.
Approved organisations must also register as a vaccination provider with the Australian Immunisation Register.
For further information on immunisation training programs and approved organisations, contact SA Health's Immunisation Section.