The digital Australian Immunisation Handbook is now available from https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/
You will find the most up-to-date recommendations for the use of vaccines in Australia, ensuring you can provide your patients with the best possible advice regarding vaccine preventable diseases.
Professor Brendan Murphy is the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer and a key advocate for the Handbook. Professor Murphy is pleased to announce that vaccination providers around the country will now able to more easily access the Australian Technical Advisory Group’s (ATAGI) evidence based recommendations.
“Providers can access the clinical recommendations in a more streamlined and searchable digital format,” Professor Murphy said.
It’s not just the format that has changed. Co-Chair of ATAGI, Professor Allen Cheng said ‘the Handbook has also been re-written and re-structured to ensure busy health professionals are able to access the information they need, and quickly.’
“Going digital has allowed easier navigation, an effective search function, and the introduction of visual guides for more complex schedules and immunisation practices,” Professor Cheng said.
“For example, providers can now sort recommendations by disease, age and risk factor.”
Associate Professor Chris Blyth, Co-Chair of ATAGI, acknowledges some of the challenges of the hard copy book and previous online versions of the Handbook.
“ATAGI listened to feedback from providers about the Handbook and has worked hard to deliver a new digital Handbook that meets the needs of providers,” Associate Professor Chris Blyth said.
“We expect providers will be able to find information much more easily, which will improve the quality of care these busy health professionals can deliver for their patients.”
While the Handbook will be online, those working offline or without internet connection will be able to download relevant sections to their devices or for printing.
Providers are encouraged to submit feedback to support ongoing refinement and development of the site.