Seqirus announces practice nurse grants

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Seqirus is seeking applicants for their 2018-2019 ‘Championing Change’ Innovation Practice Nurse Grants.

The company said the grants recognise the contribution of practice nurses to public health by supporting the implementation of innovative adult immunisation initiatives to boost coverage rates or improve the quality use of adult vaccines.

According to Magali De Castro, ‘Championing Change’ review panellist, accredited nurse immuniser, clinical director of HotDoc and CEO of GPS Nursing, Australian practice nurses should apply for the inaugural grants as a way of having their contribution to protecting the community against vaccine-preventable diseases recognised.

“Practice nurses play a key role in improving community immunisation rates. However, they are the often the ‘unsung heroes’ who champion for change,” said Ms De Castro.

“The Championing Change Innovation Grants are a great step in recognising and supporting the invaluable work performed by practice nurses Australia-wide.”

Three grants of $5,000 each are available. The three successful applicants, who will be selected by an independent panel, will also be sponsored to attend the 2019 Australian Practice Nurses Association National Conference, including travel, accommodation and registration.

Practice nurses working in a GP setting who support patient awareness and timely uptake of adult vaccines listed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule are eligible to apply for grants. 

Applicants will submit an outline of their planned initiative that must be implemented between 1 August and 31 December 2018. The initiative must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • improve coverage, access and/or timely delivery of adult vaccinations as per the NIP;
  • be adaptable and able to be replicated by other primary health care nurses in GP practices in Australia; 
  • support the ongoing record keeping of vaccinations on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) in clinical practice; and,
  • support the quality use of adult vaccines; 

An independent Review Panel comprising three leading representatives from the nursing, immunisation and medical sector, including Ms De Castro, will assess all submissions.

Submissions close at 5pm on 22 June. The grant recipients will be announced on 6 July. More information is available online.