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Australian Capital Territory

Specialist immunisation services provide specialised immunisation advice to healthcare professionals. These services have specialised nursing and medical staff to provide clinical advice on immunisation for children with complex or unusual medical backgrounds or who have had an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI). They can support children who have previously been affected by an AEFI by assessing and planning for immunisation and are able to answer complex questions and concerns relevant to an individual’s experience and circumstances.

In the Australian Capital Territory, the relevant service is the Special Immunisation Clinic at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Last updated on 8 June 2023.


Resource type: Specialist Immunisation Service
Resource Format: On-screen text
SKAI Topic: Childhood
Contact details

Special Immunisation Clinic (SIC)

Paediatric Day Stay Unit 
Centenary Hospital for Women and Children 
Hospital Road, Garran,  
Canberra ACT 2605 
Fax: 02 5124 9307

What are the indications for referral?
  • Previous serious AEFI (as determined by a Public Health Physician or Public Health Registrar).
  • Anaphylaxis to a previous vaccine (or vaccine component).
  • High risk of adverse reaction after vaccination due to medical conditions.
What can referral offer parents?
  • The SIC provides clinical services for children who have complex vaccination needs. Services are held monthly and only provide vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to children aged six weeks to 16 years old.
How do I refer a parent?
  • The clinic requires a medical referral. Referrals can be made by medical practitioners using the Special Immunisation Clinic Referral Form available on the ACT Health website
  • Referral can be sent either:
    • by email (, or
    • by fax (02 5124 9307)
    • if faxing, also post a copy to:
      Immunisation Unit, Health Protection Service,
      Locked Bag 5005, WESTON, ACT, 2611
What do parents need to take to their appointment?
  • Child’s Medicare card.
  • Child’s Personal Health Record (Blue Book).
What services are offered to providers?
  • For general immunisation advice in the ACT, call the ACT Health Immunisation Unit on 02 5124 9800 or email