Date: 12 April 2017
The Pharmacy Guild has been working with Government since the implementation of pharmacist-delivered vaccinations to enable its members to access the Australian Immunisation Registers (AIR).
The AIR is a register of vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia and aims to provide a whole-of-life immunisation history for customers.
A recent publication by the Department of Human Services (DHS) details that pharmacists can now apply for access to register and record on the AIR.
Recording in AIR by pharmacist immunisers is not compulsory in most jurisdictions. Pharmacists should check their jurisdictional legislation so they are aware of their legal requirements, including obligations to notify a patient’s general practitioner.
The registration form can be accessed from the DHS website. The completed form needs to be approved by the relevant State/Territory department and following this approval, processed by the Department of Human Services which will approve the application and provide user access details to access the AIR via the Health Professional Online Services portal HPOS
Please visit the DHS HPOS page for further information on accessing HPOS.
Currently, automated exchange of data between AIR and a pharmacy’s dispense software, or its clinical support software (e.g. GuildCare) is not enabled. Information will need to be entered manually and the AIR is currently only enabled for input into, rather than viewing of the patient’s immunisation record.
The Guild is continuing to work with DHS towards enabling automated integration and is hopeful that automated recording to the AIR will be in place for the 2018 influenza season.
Contact: Bryce Logan