Vaccination training introduced at uni

Fourth-year pharmacy students are being taught how to vaccinate patients as part of their university studies.

The course has been introduced at La Trobe University in Victoria, with a focus on flu and whooping cough vaccinations.

The program, a partnership with the PSA,  is in response to changing legislation.

Richard Summers, a lecturer in clinical pharmacy, says the program will repare graduates for the future.

“Pharmacist-delivered immunisations will soon be commonplace, and when that happens, our alumni will be ready to embrace it,” Mr Summers says.

Jan Ridd, PSA executive director practice support and education, says the PSA has provided vaccination training to 2300 pharmacists nationally.

The PSA wants to team up with other universities to train undergraduates.

Pharmacist-delivered vaccinations are approved in SA, Queensland, Victoria, ACT, NSW, WA