Improving the uptake of childhood immunisations

As we continue to have a high number of COVID-19 cases in Western Australia, general practices are working to find a balance between treating COVID-positive patients and continuing business-as-usual activities within primary care, such as childhood immunisations.

To ensure babies and children have the best possible protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, access to free routine vaccinations are provided under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Immunisation providers can request a 10A report from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which allows clinicians to identify patients who are recorded as being due/overdue for immunisations. The overdue records on AIR can then be reviewed against the patient records held by the practice to determine whether the patient is truly overdue or there is an error in recording or transmitting the vaccination encounter. At this point, the clinician may identify that a recall is required or whether a data error requires further follow up.

To request a 10A report, you will need to login to PRODA and access your HPOS account. For more information, refer to the Services Australia website for detailed steps on accessing this report.

If you would like further support with this important data-driven quality improvement (QI) activity, contact Practice Assist and one of WAPHA’s Practice QI Coaches will be in touch as soon as possible.

For assistance with clinical decision making, refer to the “Immunisation – Childhood” HealthPathway.