Department of Health & Human Services
AHA assessed the enablers and barriers to the presentation of immunisation status certificates 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:
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 representatives from:
AHA provided the Department with a comprehensive report detailing key findings and recommendations to inform future strategies to improve legislative compliance.
It is 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 suboptimal in some areas of Victoria.