Immunisation policy needs nursing input

PRACTICE nurses need to be at the forefront of policy making and decisions when it comes to immunisation, their peak representative body says.

The Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) has warned it needs to be involved at the highest level if new immunisation bodies are established following the release of an independent report.

Written by former Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer Professor John Horvath, the report looked into the 2010 unexplained adverse reactions to seasonal influenza vaccination in children.

It recommended:

- developing a more robust and clear governance through the current structure, or

- establishing a Vaccine Safety Committee, or

- creating a new independent body to carry out vaccine safety monitoring.

APNA president Julianne Badenoch said the organisation had only ever been involved in round-table discussions.

“We’ve never been involved at a national