$26M booster to immunise Australia

Mr Tehan said Wannon immunisation providers, such as local GPs, would be given an incentive payment to identify children in their practice overdue for vaccinations and catch them up.

Mr Tehan said it was part of a balanced carrot and stick approach that also included: improving public vaccination records and reminder systems; greater public awareness of the benefits of vaccinations; and the Government’s already announced?no jab, no play, no pay ‘ policy.

“We ‘re a Government that understands the stresses busy parents face every day and that many missed immunisations are unintentional, which is why we ‘re providing incentives and support to help keep children up to date with their vaccinations, Mr Tehan said.

But there are parents intent on refusing to immunise their child and our?no jab, no play, no pay ‘ measure ensures they understand there is a significant price attached to their actions.

Immunisations don’t just protect your child, but others as well – it’s known in medical terms as?herd immunity ‘. Vaccination is therefore one area of life where it pays to be part of the crowd.

It’s important parents in Wannon understand that complacency presents as much of a threat to immunisation rates and the safety of our children as conscientious objections do.

Mr Tehan said the 2015/16 Budget would include $26 million over four years boost to the Federal Government’s Immunise Australia programme, including:

  • An additional $6 incentive payment made to doctors and other immunisation providers who identify children beyond two months overdue for their vaccinations and catch them up. This will be paid on top of the existing $6 payment doctors receive to deliver the vaccination (total $12);
  • Developing an Australian School Vaccination Register to allow recording of all adolescent vaccines, as well as exploring options to capture adult immunisation records;
  • Providing a range of communication activities, tools and resources to increase awareness and understanding of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and to address parents ‘ concerns regarding immunisation, including dispelling common myths. Tools to assist doctors in having these important conversations will also be developed.

Mr Tehan said a fact sheet with full details of the Government’s $26 million Immunise Australia budget measure was available at www.health.gov.au.

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