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The initiative is part of the Queensland
Government's immunisation strategy
which was launched by Queensland
Premier Campbell Newman on 9 July.
Mr Newman said: 'We will work with the
Pharmacy Guild and the Pharmaceutical
Society of Australia to expand the
Queensland Pharmacists Immunisation
Pilot (QPIP), to include measles and
whooping cough vaccines for adults'.
'Trials like this are an important part
of improving healthcare delivery in
Queensland; helping to ensure we use
our health professionals to the best of
The trial has seen more than 10,000
people vaccinated by pharmacists.
PSA Queensland Branch President
Professor Lisa Nissen said the trial
extension was welcome and reflected
the success of the flu season pilot.
'The number of people who have
been vaccinated and the fact that
there have been no significant adverse
events is testament to the robustness
of the processes in place and to the
professionalism of pharmacists delivering
the vaccinations,' Professor Nissen said.
'PSA and the Guild developed this
pilot with the Queensland Department
of Health, Queensland University of
Technology and James Cook University
to ensure the highest standards were
adhered to and this has underpinned
the success of the pilot.'
Professor Nissen said the Queensland
Government's announcement presented a
broad-ranging strategy that was designed
to work in conjunction with the National
Immunisation Strategy to ensure that
95% of Queensland children and 85% of
adolescents would be fully immunised.
'The convenience of pharmacy
vaccination has been widely
commented on by consumers as a key
benefit of the QPIP service in evaluation
forms, which are overwhelmingly
positive,' she said.
Pharmacy Guild Queensland President
Tim Logan, said the accessibility of
community pharmacies was a major
factor in the high uptake during the pilot.
He said the guild had always hoped
the 'flu vaccination trial would lay
the groundwork for the delivery of
more professional services through
'Community pharmacies are very
accessible and people can quickly and
easily get a vaccination without long waits
or booking weeks ahead,' Mr Logan said.
'This has resulted in the pilot capturing a
cohort of the population who might not
normally be vaccinated. Extending the
trial to other vaccinations is a welcome
move and means pharmacists will be
able to make a significant contribution
in helping meet the vaccination targets.
'Community pharmacists are the most
accessible healthcare professionals
so we are a natural destination for the
delivery of vital immunisation services.
The success of the trial to date shows
that Queenslanders are looking for
easier access to immunisations.'
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence
Springborg said the QPIP expansion
would be limited to adults with
appropriate safeguards to ensure
'The same QPIP protections that
apply to influenza vaccinations will be
extended to these additional vaccines,'
Mr Springborg said.
Mr Newman said the trial expansion
will be complemented by a state-wide
marketing campaign to increase the
uptake of state and commonwealth
The vaccine trial's expansion will
form just one part of the Queensland
Government's strategy to increase
immunisation rates across the state.
The Queensland trial's extension means
Queensland will join the Northern
Territory in allowing appropriately trained
pharmacists to give measles vaccinations.
In New Zealand, trained pharmacists
vaccinators have been allowed to give
whooping cough, meningococcal
disease and varicella vaccines for
shingles to defined population groups
"THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED AND THE
FACT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EVENTS IS
TESTAMENT TO THE ROBUSTNESS OF THE PROCESSES..."
Qld immunisation trial
By Andrew Daniels
The Queensland immunisationtrial has been extended to include
measles and whooping cough.
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