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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. 

Courses up until and including 4th October 2022 are open for registration.

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.

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.

Important update: Vaccinator foundation courses, vaccinator update courses and bridging courses for the month of September and early October are now open for registration. All other face to face education courses from 18th October through to end of December 2022 will be available for registration from 4th October 2022. 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). 

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.

At a course:

  • Wear a surgical or N95 face mask at all times
  • Ensure social distancing recommendations are maintained

After a course:

Notify the education office ([email protected]) if you return a positive COVID-19 test in the 2 days following attending an in person course.

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.
     
  • The COVID-19 Protection Framework and NZ being in ORANGE setting:

Some of the education courses may require a change of format. If you are already registered on one of these courses, you will be informed of any changes. Courses where at all possible, will remain on the same date and be kept at the same time as scheduled. If you are registered on a course over this period and you don't hear from us, there is no change to your course format. Please check email SPAM folders for any course updates.

  • Education course registrations for 2022 - note for provisional vaccinators interested in the bridging course: 

As a provisionally authorised vaccinator, if you are happy to continue with vaccinating within the scope of this authorisation then you may wish to wait for more information and details about the bridging course. However if you are wanting to administer a wider range of vaccines sooner then maybe it would be best to book on a vaccinator foundation course now, as the bridging course will be staggered through the year in line with most provisional vaccinator authorisation expiring in 2023.

If you choose to register and purchase a vaccinator foundation course for 2022 and when the bridging course is released you find that you meet the eligibility criteria* and wish to transfer courses, we would require at least 4 weeks’ notice to make the course transfer, if this is not possible you would need to stay on the course that you have registered and paid for. We are unable to refund any partial course fees.

* Provisional vaccinators that wish to transfer to a bridging course will need to provide proof of provisional authorisation status.

  • 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.

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. 

Management of anaphylaxis and administration of adrenaline course

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. 

Please note that if you are enrolled in the COVID-19 Vaccinator - Working under supervision course, you don’t need to do this top up course as this material is covered during the ½ day practical.

Click here to request to access online CPR top-up course 

 

Last updated: Aug 2022