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On 16 March 2017, a new Scheduled Substance Treatment Protocol (SSTP) for "Pharmacist-led administration of vaccines to adults at pharmacy premises in the Northern Territory" was gazetted, signalling that this program is now mainstream and the pilot program has ceased.

The Gazettal notice replaces the previous amendment to the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act that allows a pharmacist in the course of practising the pharmacy profession to supply and administer a vaccine to a person in accordance with the approved scheduled substance treatment protocol (SSTP) for the relevant place. View or download a copy of the Gazettal notice and the current SSTP (230Kb PDF).

The new SSTP allows appropriately trained pharmacists to administer influenza, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccines to adults aged 16 years and over from community pharmacy premises.

The Northern Territory Department of Health have issued information for Pharmacists to administer vaccinations in pharmacy premises in the Northern Territory (33Kb PDF) which includes reference to the “Northern Territory Pharmacist-Led Immunisation Guidelines - Guidelines for Immunisations at Pharmacy Premises in the Northern Territory (177Kb PDF)”.

The NT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild provides accredited training for immunising pharmacists.  Please contact the NT Branch on 08 8944 6900 or office@ntguild.org.au for further information.

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Page last updated 08 October 2019