Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2009

Improving childhood immunisation coverage rates Evaluation of a divisional program

Nicholas A Zwar Hammad Ali Jo Wild
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In contrast to generally high childhood immunisation coverage rates across Australia, general practices in central Sydney (New South Wales) have a below average coverage rate. To address this, Central Sydney GP Network undertook a project that involved visiting practices with less than 90% coverage and provided guidance and support to increase coverage.
Many practice related coverage and reporting issues were identified; the majority are modifiable and thus practices can be targeted to improve coverage. However, some patient related issues are complex and not easily addressed.
Quantitative analysis showed that rates for a number of practices with initial coverage between 80–90% increased to more than 90% during the intervention. The qualitative component highlighted patient and practice related issues around coverage and reporting.

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