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Metro South Hospital and Health Service Immunisation Program

Project Status: 

Immunisation underpins a healthy community and is a core responsibility of the healthcare sector. It is extremely important and highly effective at preventing serious and life threatening infectious diseases. When high immunisation rates are not maintained, vaccine preventable disease inevitably returns with devastating consequences. This is why it is extremely important that high coverage rates be achieved and maintained. In Metro South Health, the Public Health Unit (PHU) coordinates the local delivery of the Queensland Immunisation Program through engagement and support of key stakeholders. 

This program aims to reinvigorate the MSPHU immunisation program of vaccine service provider (VSP) education, training and support by: 

  • Establishing an effective Immunisation Forum in Metro South with the aim of engaging key stakeholders at a strategic level across the Metro South area.

  • Increasing resources to deliver education and training to support VSPs and educate the community.

  • Increasing operational resources devoted to improving data quality.

The MSPHU Immunisation Program are currently working in the following areas: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccination – this work will focus on ensuring that the community and VSP are aware of the additional vaccinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
  • Areas of low immunisation rates – work will focus on identifying areas where immunisation rates are low and work with partners and service providers to improve those rates.
  • VSP education – this work will focus on ensuring VSPs and staff are up to date on the latest in immunisation practice, including recent changes to the immunisation schedule and procedures in their practice, to ensure high quality vaccination services are provided.
  • Data quality – this project will focus on ensuring VSPs provide high quality data to the Queensland and Australian immunisation registers.
Aims & Goals: 

Metro South Health Public Health Unit Immunisation Program aims to achieve a 95% vaccination rate at 1 year, 2 years and 5 years of age through improving data systems and strengthening the existing Immunisation program.

Evaluation/outcomes: 
  • The project was completed in June 2016 as planned, and was successful in achieving its key objectives
  • Immunisation coverage rates for children across the Metro South Health area improved by approx. 1-3 percentage points (measured at 12, 24 and 60 month age milestones)
  • Various activities were undertaken to improve the quality of Metro South children’s immunisation data
  • A forum was established to bring together key players across the area involved in immunising children and supporting immunisation activities
  • Education events and activities were provided to stakeholders to improve their knowledge of immunisation and vaccine storage and handling
  • Resources were made available to support improvements in immunisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait children
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Keywords: 
Childhood Immunisation, Quality Improvement
Last updated 20 September 2018