Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service

The Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service (QSIS) is based at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and includes a team of Senior Medical, Nursing and Allied Health staff with advanced tertiary qualifications in paediatrics and immunisation. The service provides up-to-date evidence based advice and immunisation recommendations for children with complex medical health problems and for children who have experienced, or are at risk of an Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI).

Specialist services offered within QSIS include:

  1. Specialist Immunisation Clinics (including telehealth)
  2. Immunisation Centre
  3. Telephone advice service
  4. Research
  5. Education

Queensland Specialist Immunisation fact sheet

Specialist Immunisation Clinic

This multi-disciplinary clinic led by a Senior Medical Officer and Nurse Practitioner is located within the Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service (QSIS) and provides a service to children with complex medical health problems and specialist immunisation needs.

Who should be referred to the clinic?

  • those who have previously experienced an adverse event following immunisation
  • are at risk of an adverse event following immunisation
  • children with underlying complex medical health problems (includes oncology, transplant, immune suppression)
  • children who require supervision following immunisation
  • families with immunisation needs unable to be met within a community setting.

The clinic provides:

  • comprehensive consultation and development of individual immunisation recommendations
  • counselling for those with complex immunisation needs
  • vaccinations for inpatients, outpatients and support via telehealth
  • follow up immunisation issues and ongoing needs
  • access to funded vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program
  • bulk-billed consultations for Medicare card holders.

Please note, a medical referral is required for a patient to be consulted in the Specialist Immunisation Clinic.

Immunisation Centre

The Immunisation Centre is a nurse led immunisation service located on Level 2 (2g) at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital will be open weekdays from 8am to 4pm. The Centre provides opportunistic immunisation under the National Immunisation Program schedule (NIPs) to patients and their family accessing services at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. The Immunisation Centre is designed with child friendly images to assist in the distraction of children being vaccinated. No appointment is necessary.

Telephone advice

 The telephone advice service is available for complex paediatric immunisation questions. For health professionals within the community, immunisation enquiries should first be directed to your local Public Health Unit. For questions unable to be answered by public health, health professionals can call the QSIS telephone advice service.

To contact QSIS for immunisation advice please call 07 3068 1111 (LCCH switchboard) and you will be redirected to one of the paediatric immunisation specialists.

The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, excluding public holidays. Patients and families with immunisation and child health enquiries are encouraged to call Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to speak to a health professional.

Research

The Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service includes a research team to undertake clinical research encompassing vaccine surveillance studies. This includes hospital-based active surveillance of childhood conditions of public health importance through PAEDS (Paediatric Active Enhanced Surveillance) and national collaboration through AEFI-CAN (Adverse Events Following Immunisation – Clinical Advisory Network).

Education

The Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service includes an education team with a focus on local and state education programs. This includes working collaboratively with tertiary education providers in supporting the clinical practice placement of registered nurses undertaking immunisation education. Staff also provide immunisation education to medical and allied health professionals using current evidence-based practice and research.

How to refer

To refer a patient to our Specialist Immunisation Clinic check the “Infectious Diseases” box when completing the Specialist Referral form.

Submit your referral via:
f: 1300 407 281
e: chq_lcch-ref@health.qld.gov.au
Post: PO Box 3474, South Brisbane 4101

When are immunisations due?

Queensland Health provide a comprehensive immunisation schedule to make it easier for parents and carers to keep their child’s immunisations up to date.

Find out more

For more information about the Ellen Barron Family Centre, including eligibility criteria, catchment area restrictions, location details and referral advice follow the links below:

For families and carers

For health professionals