The Western Australian Poisons Legislation was originally amended on 15 December 2014 to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines.
On 30th January 2017 the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 and its subsidiary legislation, the Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016 replaced the Poisons Act 1964 and Poisons Regulations 1965.
The Structured Administration and Supply Arrangement (SASA) – Administration of vaccines by pharmacists and SASA- Influenza vaccination- authoris pharmacists trained in immunisation to administer vaccinations at a Registered Pharmacy in Western Australia. This includes the administration of the influenza vaccine to persons aged 10 years and over, and diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and meningococcal ACWY vaccines to persons aged 16 years and over. The SASA are available from the WA Department of Health website.
In 2020, participating pharmacies will again be able to provide National Immunisation Program (NIP) funded influenza vaccinations to persons aged 65 years and over as part of the influenza vaccination trial.
Immunisation courses for pharmacists must be approved by the CEO of the Department of Health Western Australia. The Pharmacy Guild's WA Branch training course, Pharmacist Administration of Influenza Vaccine, is an approved course.
Further information is available from the Pharmacist Immunisation Training page.