8 March 2023
This edition of Staying Ahead highlights the latest information for General Practices in South Eastern NSW and provides updates that have come into effect since mid February 2023.
Expressions of interest sought for two Urgent Care Clinics
COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for two Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (Medicare UCCs), to be located in the Batemans Bay and Wollongong regions. The Medicare UCCs will be open extended hours, seven days a week and provide bulk billed treatment for urgent but non-life-threatening emergencies. Read more here.
A formal tender process will soon commence. Registrations for the tender process are invited by emailing contact details (name, phone number and email address) to

Unfortunately the outcome of the NSW Ministry of Health process undertaken in December 2022 is still unknown. Once further information becomes available about that process all applicants will be notified.
The 2023 seasonal influenza vaccination advice is now available

The links below contain information about the 2023 influenza vaccination program.
Further advice and resources will become available on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website in advance of the program rollout in April. Vaccination providers and health professionals can also get the latest National Immunisation Program updates by subscribing to the Department of Health and Aged Care email list.
Key points
  • Seasonal influenza activity is expected to continue in 2023 following a resurgence of influenza in 2022.
  • The National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides influenza vaccines for free for people most at risk.
  • Annual influenza vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over.
  • Identify your eligible patients. Consider active initiatives to improve vaccine uptake in at-risk cohorts including children under 5, pregnant women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Influenza vaccines can be coadministered (given on the same day) as any COVID-19 vaccine.
  • It is mandatory to record all influenza vaccinations given on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
FACE-TO-FACE immunisation updates
The session will include: immunisation coverage rates, cold chain, current immunisation schedule, COVID–19, JEV, monkeypox, other vaccine preventable diseases.

COVID-19 and influenza vaccination webinar 
The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)’s annual influenza webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the updated recommendations for COVID-19 and influenza vaccination in 2023. Leading experts in the field will present on:  
  • learnings from the recent Northern Hemisphere winter experience managing COVID-19 and influenza  
  • the latest Australian COVID-19 vaccination booster recommendations  
  • 2023 Australian influenza vaccination recommendations across the lifespan, including important changes for 0–5 year olds.  
Date: Thursday 16th March 2023  
Time: 12.00 - 1.30pm AEST  
A recording of this webinar will be made available to registrants following the session.
COVID vaccines
The Moderna bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine will be available from mid-April
ATAGI recommendations on use of the Moderna bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine.

Most vaccination providers should receive supply of the Pfizer bivalent (Original/Omicron BA.4/5) COVID-19 vaccine by 13 March 2023.

Release of the Australian Government's response to the Review of COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Purchasing and Procurement.

All clinical staff must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program (CVTP) before administering Pfizer Bivalent (BA.4-5) 12 years+ (Grey) vaccine. The Module is called Additional module 1b: Pfizer Bivalent BA.4-5 COVID-19 Booster vaccine. The training was made available from 28 February 2023.

Non-clinical staff, especially those who receive or handle vaccines, should also complete the CVTP. The training modules are updated regularly to reflect the latest advice on COVID-19 vaccines.

Read more on the COVID-19 vaccination training page Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. 

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