Projects Public & Preventative Health

Barriers to the Presentation of Immunisation Status Certificates at Primary School Enrolment

Projects Public & Preventative Health

Barriers to the Presentation of Immunisation Status Certificates at Primary School Enrolment

Projects Public & Preventative Health

Barriers to the Presentation of Immunisation Status Certificates at Primary School Enrolment

  • Services

    Evaluation & Advisory

  • Status

    Complete

  • Client

    Department of Health & Human Services

  • Jurisdiction

    Victoria

AHA assessed the enablers and barriers, to the presentation of immunisation status certificates (ISCs) at primary school enrolment

It is a legal requirement that immunisation status certificates be presented to primary schools before a child commences school in Victoria.  However, data collected by the Department indicated minimal enforcement of this school entry immunisation legislation.

The goals of the evaluation were to:

  • Identify barriers and enablers to presentation of immunisation certificates to schools
  • Provide evidence that will inform and assist the Department in its development of a communication strategy and associated resources to target the identified barriers
  • Provide advise/recommendations on how to improve legislative compliance.

AHA applied a mix method data collection protocol to support this evaluation.  This included analysis of secondary data (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register), review of school website content and in depth telephone interviews with school representatives (principals and administrative staff), immunisation providers and parents of prep students.

The sample for interview included representative from:

  • Government, Catholic and Independent schools
  • Schools where immunisation certificate presentation rates were high, as well where presentation rates are low
  • Urban and rural schools
  • Schools with high levels of cultural diversity

AHA provided the Department with a comprehensive report detailing key findings and recommendations to inform future strategies to improve legislative compliance.

It's a legal requirement in Victoria that immunisation status certificates be presented to primary schools before a child commences. However school compliance with this requirement has been sub optimal in some areas of Victoria.