NSW Immunisation Specialist Service at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Drop-in clinic: 9845 0169. Located on level 1 (behind the Book Bunker).
Follow the green bear footprints on the walking ramp down to Level 1.

Immunisation Specialist clinic: 9845 1414 or 1800 679 477

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is home to the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS), a NSW Health initiative providing a range of immunisation services, including a drop-in immunisation clinic and a specialist service for those with complex care, and assessment and management of a child or adolescent who has previously experienced an adverse event following immunisation.

The Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, also offers immunisation services through its Outpatient department.

Looking for more information about immunisation?

The National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance provides factsheets, immunisation schedules and history tables.

Drop-in Immunisation Clinic

Specialist immunisation nurses will ensure your child is up to date with their immunisations and can provide additional recommended immunisations for children with chronic medical conditions. Families of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are encouraged to attend.

  • The Drop-in Immunisation Clinic is open Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.
  • Bookings are not required, and appointments are free of charge for Medicare cardholders.
  • The clinic is located on Level 1 of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead next to the Book Bunker.

Specialist Immunisation Clinic

The Specialist Immunisation Clinic provides in-depth consultations and vaccination under close observation for children who have had an adverse event following immunisation or who have complex medical needs. Consultations are also available for parents and carers who have questions about immunisation.

  • The Specialist Immunisation Clinic is held on Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Bandaged Bear Outpatient Clinics.
  • The specialist clinic is free of charge for Medicare cardholders with a referral letter from your general practitioner.
  • To arrange an appointment, please contact the Specialist Immunisation Clinic on (02) 9845 1414.
  • Referrals can be faxed to (02) 9845 1418 or emailed to SCHN-NSWISS@health.nsw.gov.au.

Specialist Immunisation Clinic – Telehealth Consultations

Families who live outside of the Sydney metropolitan region and are unable to travel to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for a consultation may be eligible for a video conference consultation using your computer webcam or mobile phone.

  • Consultations are free of charge for eligible Medicare cardholders with a referral letter from your general practitioner.
  • To arrange an appointment, please contact the Specialist Immunisation Clinic on (02) 9845 1414.
  • Referrals can be faxed to (02) 9845 1418 or emailed to SCHN-NSWISS@health.nsw.gov.au.

Children and adolescents who are difficult to immunise

Appointments and day admissions can be arranged for children who cannot be safely immunised in the community, for example, because of severe anxiety, needle fear or underlying behavioural disorders.

Experienced staff can administer vaccines using relaxation or distraction techniques or, if required, can administer light sedation under close observation.

  • Consultations are free of charge for Medicare cardholders with a referral letter from your general practitioner.
  • To arrange an appointment, please contact the Specialist Immunisation Clinic on (02) 9845 1414.
  • Referrals can be faxed to (02) 9845 1418 or emailed to SCHN-NSWISS@health.nsw.gov.au.

Immunisation Advice Line 

1800 NSWISS (1800 679 477) is a telephone advice line providing clinical guidance for immunisation providers across NSW.

  • The advice line is open between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • For general immunisation information, you can contact your local Public Health Unit first on 1300 066 055.

Clinicians

  • Associate Professor Nicholas Wood
  • Dr Lucy Deng
  • Dr Archana Koirala
  • Dr Ketaki Sharma