Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) receive enquiries regarding uploading of data to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). The AIR is the National register that records vaccines given to people of all ages in Australia. It can only accept immunisation information from recognised vaccine service providers (VSPs) in Australia.
Medical practitioners, midwives and nurse practitioners with a provider number are automatically recognised as vaccination service providers and are authorised to record or obtain immunisation data from AIR. Nurses working in general practice can also access AIR by following the instructions found on the Nursing in General Practice webpage. AIR can be accessed directly via the secure website.
Once you have registered for the AIR, you will be able to:
When you administer a vaccine to a patient, it is important to record the details on the AIR at the time of service. There are three ways you can record this information:
If you are currently sending immunisation details through your state or territory health department, you can continue to do this.
Patients can also use their own AIR record for purposes such as proof of immunisation for enrolment in school or childcare, employment requirements and to ensure they receive their appropriate child care and Family Tax Benefit payments on time. The AIR relies on accurate recording of immunisation details to ensure an individual’s record is correct, and errors in the information uploaded may lead to inappropriate or unnecessary vaccination.
More information for immunisation providers can be found in the Queensland Health ‘Immunisation records and data explained’ document, or on the HealthyGC immunisation webpage.
Tips to ensure data uploaded to the AIR is accurate:
Before saving an immunisation encounter, always check that the actual date given is recorded accurately
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