New State immunisation plan launched
On 21 May 2013, the Minister for Heath, Dr Kim Hames, launched the Western Australian Immunisation Strategy 2013–2015. The new strategy has had extensive input from immunisation partners throughout the State and provides clinicians, administrators, and policy makers with clear direction on WA Health’s priorities for delivering quality immunisation services.
The WA Immunisation Strategy 2013–2015 seeks to:
- provide strategies to meet immunisation coverage benchmarks contained in the National Partnership Agreement for Essential Vaccines
- improve immunisation rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and children in geographic areas with low vaccination rates
- improve immunisation consent processes in WA
- ensure sustained implementation of the recommendations from the 2010 Stokes Review (PDF 2.52MB) into adverse events following immunisation
- enhance surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases in WA.
Implementation of the WA Immunisation Strategy 2013–2015 will be overseen by the Western Australia Immunisation Strategic Advisory Group. The Strategy should serve as a framework for establishing programs and partnerships that strengthen our capacity to protect the health of our communities through immunisation. The WA Immunisation Strategy 2013–2015 can be viewed on the public health website (PDF 3.14MB)