Community alliance helping to promote immunisation
The recent media coverage of the work of the Immunisation Alliance organisation has highlighted the important role that community groups can play in promoting immunisation to parents and the community.
The Immunisation Alliance WA (IAWA) was launched in 2009 in recognition of effective community coalition models being used internationally for promoting immunisation.
In 2010, the IAWA, an Australian not-for-profit organisation, became an independent organisation incorporated in WA. The IAWA is made up of a number of representatives from community associations and interested individuals, with the purpose of improving the health of Western Australians through immunisation.
The role of the alliance
Members of the IAWA support the organisation's strategic direction and vision through:
- working towards increasing public trust in immunisation
- helping to eliminate myths associated with immunisation programs and vaccines
- providing the public with factual information about immunisation
- developing approaches to increase community support for immunisation programs.
Several projects have already been accomplished, including development of a range of immunisation posters targeting undecided parents, public information sessions and the development of an early childhood book on immunisation.
Providers of immunisation services are encouraged to view the IAWA website (external site) and refer parents to it for information on the benefits of immunisation.