Pharmacist-led immunisation in the Northern Territory:Results from the pilot study

Mary Bushell, Ros Webby, Bhavini Patel, Helgi Stone, Judith Oliver, Peter Kern, Helen Stone, Leigh Moore

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    Abstract

    Background
    Pharmacist administered vaccinations (PAV) have been shown to be safe, accessible and to improve health outcomes both internationally and more recently in Australia. In February 2014, Minister Robyn Lambley announced “changes to the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act that would provide safe and easy access for Territorians to vaccines,” allowing pharmacists to administer certain vaccines to adults in their community pharmacies. A Northern Territory pharmacistled immunisation pilot (NT-PLIP) was established to investigate the benefits of suitably trained, registered pharmacists administering adult immunisations in the community pharmacy setting. This study reports on the evaluation of NT-PLIP, including accessibility, acceptability and safety of PAV to inform future pharmacist immunisation service delivery in the NT.
    Methods
    Quantitative data was obtained about each vaccine administered by pharmacists from pharmacy software. A questionnaire was administered post-vaccination at the service to determine reasons for accessing PAV and assess participant satisfaction with the service. Pharmacist vaccinators were asked to complete a
    questionnaire about service delivery and feasibility. Pharmacists enrolled in the NT-PLIP were invited to complete an interview for feedback on strengths and
    limitations of service delivery.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalNT Disease Control Bulletin
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

    Keywords

    • immunisation
    • Northern Territory
    • Pharmacist-led

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