Action 3.15 states

The health service organisation has a risk-based workforce vaccine-preventable diseases screening and immunisation policy and program that:

  1. Is consistent with the current edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook
  2. Is consistent with jurisdictional requirements for vaccine-preventable diseases
  3. Addresses specific risks to the workforce, consumers and patients

Intent

The health service organisation has a risk-based vaccine-preventable diseases screening and immunisation policy and program to protect the workforce, consumers and patients.

Reflective questions

  • Does the organisation have a workforce immunisation policy in place? Is it consistent with state or territory and national requirements? How does the organisation assess compliance with the policy?
  • Does the organisation have a workforce screening policy in place? How does the organisation assess compliance with the policy?
  • Is the organisation's workforce immunisation program consistent with the national immunisation guidelines and state or territory requirements?
  • How does the organisation’s workforce vaccine preventable diseases screening and immunisation policy and program identify and address risks to the workforce, consumers and patients?
  • Does the workforce policy consider actions when members of the workforce do not or cannot follow immunisation guidelines?

Examples of evidence

  • Policies, procedures and/or protocols for workforce immunisation that are consistent with national guidelines and state and territory requirements
  • Committee and meeting records in which the workforce immunisation and screening policies and program as discussed
  • Records of workforce immunisation status (i.e. immunisation registry)
  • Protocols for placement of members of the workforce based on the vaccination status
  • Audit results of workforce compliance with workforce immunisation and screening policies
  • Documents accessible to authorised personnel that:
    • identify the requirements for immunisation as part of the recruitment of workforce or placement of contractors and students
    • demonstrate maintenance of workforce immunisation records 
    • identify additional immunisation requirements for relevant members of the workforce
    • record immunisation refusals and organisational risk management response to refusals
  • Information relating to vaccine-preventable diseases is available to the workforce and consumers
  • Risk assessment for workforce, consumers and patients with regards to vaccine-preventable diseases.

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