Paediatric Specialist Immunisation Service

The Department will periodically contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form.  This is part of routine waitlist auditing to ensure patient details are up to date.  If you receive this SMS, please update your details.


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


This clinic assesses and manages children/families with issues regarding childhood immunisation. This clinic:

  • provides assessment and makes recommendations regarding suitability for immunisation and the best location for this to occur
  • facilitates the administration of immunisations under sedation, and/or under supervision in the hospital environment due to medical risk
  • provides COVID-19 vaccination to children from six months of age to under five years, who meet ATAGI Recommendations.


The target group is:

  • Patients requiring scheduled vaccinations under observation in a hospital setting after an Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI), or if there is concern regarding specific contraindications, or precautions due to pre-existing conditions.
    • a perceived greater risk of an adverse reaction, AND
    • their Paediatrician or Medical Specialist has recommended vaccination with observation in the hospital setting because an AEFI in a community setting may be difficult to assess or manage.
  • Severely needle phobic or other neurodevelopmental, mental health or behavioural conditions that make it difficult for the patient to be immunised safely in a community setting (this includes patients who have failed attempts in community settings due to anxiety).
  • Patients having complex medical conditions with:
  • Families who are vaccine hesitant and wish to discuss this further.

Note: We do not currently provide BCG vaccination. Children requiring BCG need to be referred to the Department of Respiratory Medicine Wellington Clinics.

Pre-referral work up

All referrals should comply with referral standards and include:

  • previous Adverse Events following Immunisations
  • particular concerns regarding future immunisation
  • information regarding prior unsuccessful attempts at immunisation


No pre-referral investigations are required

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Paediatrics clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

Notifications of Adverse Events Following Immunisation should be made to the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit, Department of Health.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar (Ph: 6166 0000) to organise urgent review.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.


Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception  – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.


We will endeavour to see these patients within 1 month.

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review.

For any urgent sexual abuse/assault concerns please phone RHH switchboard and ask Paediatric Sexual Assault Consultant or Registrar on call for advice.


We will endeavour to see these patients within 3 months


Next available appointment