Immunisation is one of the most effective public health interventions in reducing morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. It is highly cost effective with every $1 spent on childhood vaccinations saving an estimated $5 in direct costs and a further $11 in indirect costs (loss of productivity, time away from work). Vaccine preventable diseases still occur in Australia despite ready access to safe and effective vaccines. This leads to increased use of GP services, time away from school and work, hospitalisation, disability and premature death.
WAPHA collaborates with the WA Immunisation Networks regarding strategies to continue to maintain and improve awareness and uptake of vaccinations both in the community and in general practice.
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is now a whole of life register capturing adult and childhood immunisations. Vaccination providers will have secure access to a range of due and overdue reports, which will allow them to monitor vaccine uptake in both young children and older Australians.
Support to general practice is provided by WAPHA Primary Health Liaisons by:
- assistance with requesting access to the AIR
- assistance with initial login and authentication file
- support with the use of the secure email function and data cleansing
- working to improve timeliness and accuracy of data being reported to AIR
- promoting the use of recall & reminder systems for all immunisations
- providing general updates through regular communications
- working with the Communicable Disease Control Directorate Prevention and Control Program to develop and promote appropriate interventions to improve immunisation coverage.
If you would like a Primary Health Liaison team member to contact you or your practice, please complete our contact form.