School Based Immunisation Program

In 2018 students will be offered a new HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) that covers five more virus strains than Gardasil vaccine used in previous years. As Gardasil will not be available in 2018 students who started this vaccine in 2017 will be offered the 2nd dose as Gardasil 9. This 2nd dose using Gardasil 9 means students will still receive optimal protection against the four main types of HPV that Gardasil protected against.  Further information for parents is available by clicking here.

NSW Ministry of Health works with educational authorities to offer students vaccinations recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Scheduled vaccinations for the School Based Vaccination Program in 2018 are listed below: 

Vaccine Year Number of doses
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) Year 7 1 dose
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Year 7 2 doses*
Meningococcal ACWY​​ Years 10 & 11 1 dose

*Changes to HPV vaccine doses: For further information please click here

  • Students who miss vaccine doses due to absence on the day of the nurses’ visit will be offered catch-up vaccination at subsequent school clinics. Where this is not possible, parents will be advised that free catch-up vaccination is available at their local GP during the school year only.
  • Parents who choose to wait for their child to be older before consenting to vaccination will be required to pay for the vaccines privately.

Should you wish to obtain a record of your child’s immunisations provided at school by this program.  Please complete a Request for Student Vaccination Record Form and send to the Assistant to the Director Public Health either via e-mail, fax or post – details below:

Attention: Colleen Nosworthy
Assistant to the Director Public Health – North Coast Public Health Unit
PO Box 126
Port Macquarie NSW 2444


Services available at these locations

Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie area

Ms Lindsay Lucas, A/School Immunisation Coordinator

0429 046 229 (Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie area)

North Coast Public Health

North Coast Public Health Unit
PO Box 126 (Morton Street)
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 6588 2750 
Fax 02 6588 2837

Lismore area

Bernadette Williams
School Based Vaccination Coordinator

Phone 02 6620 7503