Thursday, November 03, 2016
It Rather Looks Like The DoH is Getting Itself In Rather A Mess Again. Oh Dear!
This appeared a few days ago.
Sue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia Network
October 30, 2016 12:00am
VITAL immunisation information that will help prevent killer disease outbreaks may not be available because of a delay in awarding a tender for the new Australian School Vaccination Register.
Two months before it’s due to start the federal government has yet to award a tender for the register that will remind high school students about key school based vaccines and identify areas with low immunisation.
The $26.4 million program was meant to begin on January 1 2017 and is a fundamental part of the government’s No Jab No Play policy introduced in response to News Corp’s campaign to improve immunisation rates.
However, the Department of Health has stopped short of guaranteeing the new register will be operating from that date.
The policy, announced 18 months ago, will identify people who miss a jab and provide incentives to doctors to provide catch up vaccinations.
At least 166,000 children were recorded as being more than two months overdue for their vaccinations in 2014.
The new registry was to replace the existing cervical cancer vaccine register and will for the first time provide a register of all school based vaccinations including the cervical cancer vaccine, varicella (chickenpox), the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) booster.
While parents of young children are prompted to vaccinate their children by the withholding of childcare payments there is no way of checking the vaccination status of older schoolchildren.
High school students must receive a range of booster vaccines to help build herd immunity against killer diseases like whooping cough and measles.
“Further work is required to increase the national childhood vaccination rate so that it is high enough to meet ‘herd immunity’ for most vaccine preventable diseases,” Health Minister Sussan Ley said when she announced the new register in May 2015.
“The Government has approved the expansion of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) to become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which will capture all vaccines given, from birth to death, through General Practice and community clinics because of the No Jab, No Pay Budget measure,” the government promised in a circular on the new program.
Lots more here:
One really has to wonder why this sort of stuff keeps happening. Creating a register is hardly rocket science.
What is slightly confusing is what relationship, if any, this register has to the Telstra Health cancer screening register.
The delays are really odd.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, November 03, 2016