New training requirement for yellow fever vaccine

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A new training requirement has been introduced for prescribers of the yellow fever vaccine.

A new training requirement has been introduced for prescribers of the yellow fever vaccine.

Medical practitioners and nurse practitioners who intend to prescribe the vaccine at their practice (those practices approved as Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres) will now be required to complete an online learning course to obtain accreditation. Practitioners already prescribing the vaccine will have up to three years to complete the course.

Developed by the Department of Health, the Yellow Fever Vaccination Course will be available online through the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s learning portal from 26 November 2018. It is anticipated that individuals with previous experience or qualifications in travel medicine will be able to complete the course quickly.

The course will bring Australia in line with other countries that have individual training requirements for prescribing yellow fever vaccine.

Unlike other vaccines, the yellow fever vaccine has international certification requirements which must be completed according to the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (2005). While yellow fever is not endemic in Australia, many Australians are vaccinated each year before travelling to yellow fever risk countries.

National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers will also be made available via the Human Biosecurity portal on the Department of Health’s website following the launch of the course. The guidelines provide direction on minimum requirements for vaccination and accreditation procedures. 

For more information on the new Yellow Fever Vaccination Course and National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers, please see the Yellow Fever Vaccination Factsheet or contact humanbiosecurity@health.gov.au.