The Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service (QSIS) is based at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and includes a team of Senior Medical, Nursing and Allied Health staff with advanced tertiary qualifications in paediatrics and immunisation. The service provides up-to-date evidence-based advice and immunisation recommendations for children with complex medical conditions and for children who have experienced, or are at risk of an Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI).
Specialist services offered within QSIS include:
- Specialist Immunisation Clinics (including telehealth)
- Immunisation Centre
- Telephone advice service
Queensland Specialist Immunisation fact sheet
Immunisation guidelines are available via the Governance eCatalogue on QHEPS (Queensland Health staff access only). Simply select, ‘Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service’ in the ‘Filter by document author’ field, or search by keyword in the search bar.
Specialist Immunisation Clinic
The Specialist Immunisation Clinic provides:
- comprehensive consultation and development of individual immunisation recommendations
- counselling for those with complex immunisation needs
- vaccinations for inpatients, outpatients and support via telehealth
- follow up immunisation issues and ongoing needs
- access to funded vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program
- bulk-billed consultations for Medicare card holders.
Who should be referred to the clinic?
- those who have previously experienced an adverse event following immunisation
- are at risk of an adverse event following immunisation
- children with underlying complex medical health problems (includes oncology, transplant, immune suppression)
- children who require supervision following immunisation
- families with immunisation needs who are unable to be met within a community setting
- children and families who require further specialist advice regarding their decision to vaccinate.
Please note, a medical referral is required for a patient to be consulted in the Specialist Immunisation Clinic.
The Immunisation Centre is a nurse-led service located on Level 2 (2g) at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. The centre is open weekdays from 8am to 4pm (excluding public holidays) and offers a whole of life vaccination service for patients, children and families who visit the Queensland Children’s Hospital. Opportunistic immunisations under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule are provided, no appointment necessary.
Who should be encouraged to visit the Immunisation Centre?
Outpatients and other children who are due or overdue immunisations as per the NIP.
Who should not be sent to the Immunisation Centre?
- Complex immunisation patients (e.g. oncology, pre/post-transplant or on immune suppression therapy) who require specialist immunisation consultation prior to immunisation – please refer these cases to the Specialist Immunisation Clinic (see How to refer).
- Inpatients – normal medication supply process applies for immunisation of inpatients (e.g treating team prescribes, pharmacy dispenses and nursing staff administer as per medication policy).
- Staff – the immunisation centre will NOT provide a service to staff. Staff should contact Staff Immunisation Services at CHQ_StaffIMM@health.qld.gov.au.
The telephone advice service is available for complex paediatric immunisation questions. For health professionals within the community, immunisation enquiries should first be directed to your local Public Health Unit. For questions unable to be answered by Public Health, health professionals can call the QSIS telephone advice service.
To contact QSIS for immunisation advice please call 07 3068 1111 (QCH switchboard) and you will be redirected to one of the paediatric immunisation specialists.
The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, excluding public holidays. Patients and families with immunisation and child health enquiries are encouraged to call Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to speak to a health professional.
QSIS has a nurse researcher who actively conducts and contributes to clinical immunisation research encompassing vaccine surveillance studies. This includes hospital-based active surveillance of childhood conditions of public health importance through PAEDS (Paediatric Active Enhanced Surveillance) and national collaboration through AEFI-CAN (Adverse Events Following Immunisation) – Clinical Assessment Network and Vaxtracker).
QSIS has a nurse educator who works in collaboration with tertiary, local and state-wide immunisation education programs. This includes working with tertiary education providers in supporting the clinical practice placement of registered nurses undertaking immunisation education. Staff also provide immunisation education to medical and allied health professionals using current evidence-based practice and research.
QSIS is committed to the development of Queensland Health’s paediatric nursing workforce. As a contribution to the Strength with Immersion Model (SwIM), the following video offers information about the service as well as support for paediatric nurses to discuss vaccination with their patients.
A series of comprehensive online immunisation training courses are now available for free to anyone involved in receipting, administering or managing vaccines in Queensland.
These are available through Queensland Health.
A resource has also been developed by Queensland Health to provide information on using the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The guide will help providers understand the complexities of recording and managing immunisation data.
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of a senior medical officer, registrar, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, clinical nurse consultant, nurse educator, nurse researcher, clinical nursing staff and administration officers.