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

Contact details

Immunisation Specialist clinic: 9845 1414 or 1800 679 477

Email: SCHN-NSWISS@health.nsw.gov.au.

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 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.

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.
  • Download the referral form

Immunisation Advice Line 

The NSWISS advisory service provides specialist immunisation advice for clinicians and providers across NSW.

For timely advice, please email your enquiry to SCHN-NSWISS@health.nsw.gov.au

The advisory service is Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5pm (excluding public holidays)

For general information please contact your local public health unit 1300 066 055.

Clinicians

  • Associate Professor Nicholas Wood
  • Dr Lucy Deng
  • Dr Archana Koirala
  • Dr Rama Kandasamy
  • Dr Ben Smith
  • Dr Emma Goeman