QUT vaccination program wins 2014’s Innovative Pharmacist of the Year award. The QUT-led research project was implemented to boost vaccination rates across Queensland.
The Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP) is the result of a successful collaboration between the Queensland Branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and research partners QUT and JCU. Between April and September this year, 80 pharmacies across Queensland delivered pharmacist-administered flu vaccinations for adults. Professor Lisa Nissen, head of the health faculty’s clinical sciences school, led the QPIP implementation team with colleagues Chris Campbell, Megan Deldot and Michelle Rosenthal.
“This pilot has been the first in the country to use pharmacists as vaccinators and now forms the cornerstone of the roll-out of pharmacist-vaccination into other jurisdictions across the country.”
The QPIP team was honoured for leading community health interventions and demonstrating new opportunities.
Evaluations from more than 7000 patients involved in stage one of the trial found 97 per cent were happy to receive a flu vaccination in a pharmacy in the future and would recommend the service to others.