The role of pharmacy in immunisation

Project Details
Project ID: 2004-503
Type: Commissioned
Status: Completed
Institution: Aoris Nova Pty Ltd
Chief Investigator: Professor Joan Dawes

Project Summary

This project aimed to identify areas of improvement within the current immunisation system and the potential role community pharmacy may play.

A range of issues were outlined:

  • A review of community immunisation programs, including an update on the 1998 report on immunisation in community pharmacy
  • A review of the advantages and disadvantages of pharmacies enhancing immunisation in Australia and an investigation of pharmacist attitudes towards this healthcare provision
  • Organisational and structural considerations impacting on the possible provision of vaccinations by community pharmacists including:
    • Government considerations
    • Considerations of pharmacists
    • The consideration of other key groups including general practitioners, other healthcare professionals and the community end-users.
    • Other issues including the economic and social impacts of such a role in Australia.