Immunisation

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases. It helps individuals and the wider community by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.

Primary Health Tasmania supports the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program by working collaboratively with stakeholders to provide education programs and resources to improve efficiency and effectiveness of immunisation services.

The overall aim is to reduce the number of cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Tasmania.

Accessing the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) site using Health Professional Online Services and Provider Digital Access

Health professionals can connect to the AIR using:

  • practice management software, to send data about vaccines administered, and
  • the AIR website (also known as AIR Online) to view and edit vaccination encounters, report immunisation medical exemptions, and to access reports. The AIR site is accessed using Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) and Provider Digital Access (PRODA).

The information in this section describes accessing AIR Online.

In March 2021, Services Australia requested that healthcare professionals and support staff transition to accessing the AIR site using HPOS and an individual PRODA account. Access to the AIR site using authentication files will be switched off soon.

PRODA is an online identity verification and authentication system and allows healthcare professionals to securely access government online services. Once a PRODA account is established, a range of services and programs can be accessed, including HPOS (a ‘service’) and the AIR site (a ‘program’). Depending on the type of user (GP, pharmacist, practice manager, practice nurse etc.), these services can be accessed either as an individual, a delegate of an individual or as a member of an organisation.

Service Australia links

The following Services Australia links may be of use:

User guides

The following user guides may also be of use:

  • Supporting providers with delegations in HPOS to enable access to the AIR V1.1:A six-page resource – for healthcare professionals – with brief descriptions of PRODA, HPOS and AIR, the benefits of and how to delegate access to HPOS and AIR, other options for employee access to AIR, and how to access AIR.
  • User guide: accessing AIR using PRODA Individuals July 2020 V1.0:A 21-page step by step user guide to the registration process for an individual to access the AIR site. The guide describes how to register for an Individual PRODA account, link a PRODA account to HPOS, long on to the AIR site, and setup and manage HPOS delegations.
  • User Guide: accessing AIR using PRODA for Organisations July 2020 V1.0: 

    A 32-page step by step user guide to the registration process for ‘other’ vaccination providers, such as medical practices, councils, pharmacies or commercial organisations that want to access the AIR site. The guide describes how to register an organisation, add a subsidiary organisation/s, add and link the organisation to AIR, access the AIR on behalf of an organisation, and join an existing organisation.

Important note: If your organisation has already registered to use HPOS to access the AIR site, authentication files should not be used and must be deleted from practice personal computers. Accessing the AIR site using HPOS provides improved security features designed to provide appropriate control over access to an individual’s immunisation records. An authentication file is deleted in the same way that a document or other file is deleted (e.g. if using Microsoft, right click on file, select delete, select Yes).

Additional support

Immunisation data quality

Immunisation data is has a role in measuring immunisation coverage and monitoring the effectiveness of vaccines and vaccination programs. It supports clinical decision-making, and informs policy and research. This data is also needed for people to access certain government payments and to allow entry to school, childcare, employment and travel.

Immunisation providers have a role in ensuring high quality, accurate data is collected and recorded.

Service Australia links

The AIR produces a range of statistical and identified reports for recognised vaccination providers:

User guides

The following user guide may be of use:

  • User guide: AIR Data Quality V1.0:
    An 18-page step by step guide on how to request, download, save, customise and modify an AIR-010A Due and Overdue Immunisation by Practice Report. This report is used to identify individuals seen for a Medicare service at a practice who, according to the AIR, are either due or overdue for a vaccination on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule, and identify vaccination details that are missing (or not yet recorded) on the AIR.

Important note: The AIR-010A report is available to Medicare medical practitioners who are attached to a practice by a Practice Incentive Program (PIP) ID only and is accessible once logged into the AIR site either as a medical practitioner or delegate. If accessing AIR using a practice provider number (organisation login), this report will not be available.