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Education

Overview

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) provides a range of health professional education, including accredited education to become an authorised vaccinator, update courses, information sessions, symposiums, workshops and conferences. We offer online, face-to-face and blended (mixture of online and face-to-face) learning opportunities. 

To register for a course, visit IMAC Learning to create an account or log in if you are an existing user. 

IMAC vaccinator foundation courses:

The IMAC vaccinator foundation courses (FLVFC, VFC and Bridging) provide the education component for Nurses and Pharmacists who are wanting to become authorised or pharmacist vaccinators.

In some areas local Medical Officers of Health may authorise other allied health care professionals (e.g. Paramedics) however we recommend that course attendees discuss this with the local Medical Officer of Health before booking on to a course, to avoid disappointment at not being able to complete the pathway.

Please note that Te Whatu Ora HNZ closed authorisation applications for the provisional vaccinator foundation course on 30 September 2022 and the course is no longer available for completion. Nurses or pharmacists wishing to become fully authorised vaccinators are required to complete the vaccinator foundation course.  

IMAC continue to work with the Ministry of Health to develop a clearer pathway for allied health care professionals who wish to continue to work as authorised vaccinators.

View the   2022 education flyer or the vaccinator bridging course page for further registration information. Please note that the bridging course dates are not shown on the education flyer, only on the vaccinator bridging course page.

All full vaccinator foundation courses and vaccinator update courses can be booked and paid for online by credit card or debit card (MasterCard or Visa). 

We continue to encourage the use of face masks, at IMAC courses particularly where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Please do not attend an IMAC education course if you are feeling unwell. This includes having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, being identified as a household contact or if you are symptomatic after testing negative with a Rapid Antigen Test. Contact the IMAC education office ([email protected]) prior to the course tutorial so that we can arrange to reschedule you for another course date. 

Further information:

 General answers to questions about education courses

  • Due to contractual requirements, nurses delivering childhood national immunisation schedule vaccines are given priority enrolment in 2-day Vaccinator Foundation Courses in their area.  As the 2-day courses tend to fill quickly, we recommend that other immunisation providers register for flexible learning vaccinator foundation courses, as there is a "no priority" enrolment system for those courses.
     
  • Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend your course, please contact [email protected]. We are able to transfer your booking if adequate notice is given.
  • Te Whatu Ora HNZ closed authorisation applications for the provisional vaccinator foundation course on 30 September 2022 and the course is no longer available for completion. Nurses or pharmacists wishing to become fully authorised vaccinators are required to complete the vaccinator foundation course.  

COVID-19 courses and Vaccinating Health Worker (influenza and supervisor) courses - find out more on our COVID website

Open access to some online COVID-19 vaccine courses is available. Health professionals can register via IMAC Learning to access these. Please note: Provisional or full vaccinator authorisation is a pre-requisite for delivering COVID-19 vaccine/s. 

Provisional Authorised Vaccinator update course

All authorised vaccinators are required to attend an update course every two years. Some Provisional Authorised Vaccinators have approached two years since they completed their Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course in 2020 and due to an administrative change their authorisation does not expire until 2023. These Provisionally Authorised Vaccinators are required to complete a Provisional Vaccinator Update course and will be sent a package code to be able to access the course by the Ministry of Health. If you think you are due to complete an update course but have not received a package code, please contact theTe Whatu Ora’s authorisation team at [email protected].

Management of anaphylaxis and administration of adrenaline course (available for completion up until 31 December 2022)

There are specific CPR training requirements to become an authorised, provisional or full vaccinator, these are outlined below. 

A4.2. Resuscitation requirements for all authorised vaccinators and pharmacist vaccinators

All vaccinators, by virtue of their occupation, need to be able to resuscitate patients and therefore need to achieve and maintain the following resuscitation skills:

  • infant, child and adult CPR, including mouth-to-mouth, mouth-to-mask and the management of choking
  • administration of IM adrenaline for treatment of anaphylaxis
  • use of an automated external defibrillator 
  • one-and two-person bag valve mask ventilation and mouth-to-mask technique.

Resuscitation training for all vaccinators should cover the specific skills outlined above. The use of oxygen, sizing of airways, insertion of intravenous lines and the preparation of emergency medications (except for intramuscular adrenaline) are not skills specifically required of a vaccinator. (Appendix 4 Immunisation Handbook).

As a temporary process IMAC has ‘top up’ training available for vaccinators who might hold a BLS (Basic Life Support) but need to build knowledge about the treatment of anaphylaxis. To check what your course covers please refer to your course learning outcome or certificate or check with your CPR provider (please do not send to us to review or verify). The Ministry of Health has approved online CPR training as an interim measure for Alert Level 3 and 4 only. Vaccinators and employers who continue to vaccinate using this interim online CPR training certification must ensure vaccinators attend an in-person CPR session as soon as possible following a move to Alert Level 2.

This top-up training focuses on the recognition and management of anaphylaxis, including the preparation and administration of IM (intramuscular) adrenaline. It is only suitable for those who have a current BLS (Basic Life Support) qualification or one that expired within the last 12 months.  

Before giving access to the course, we require the following information from you:  

  • Your IMAC Learning Management System (LMS) email address 
  • The vaccinator course you’re already registered for (e.g., Provisional or Full Authorisation) 
  • Confirmation you already have a BLS certificate that is current or expired within the last 12 months. 

Click here to request to access online CPR top-up course Please apply before 21 December 2022

 

Last updated: Nov 2022