Position paper

Vaccination roll-out a crucial step in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic: AAHMS statement

In this statement, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences asserts that the robust review processes undertaken by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) means that Australians can be confident that approved vaccines meet strict safety and efficacy criteria.

Maintaining strong foundations and building resilience: planning Australia’s path through the COVID-19 pandemic

This document sets out priorities for Australia’s path through the pandemic and identifies a number of actions which the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences believes will equip Australia to continue its successful management of the pandemic.

Ethnic differences in the use and experience of child healthcare services in NZ

This research explored the underlying mechanisms behind ethnic differences in the use and experience of child healthcare services via econometric approaches.

No Jab No Play 2020 review

No Jab No Play legislation was introduced in Victoria on 1 January 2016, with the aim of increasing immunisation rates and averting vaccine-preventable diseases for young children in the community. This review found that immunisation rates have improved for Victorian children aged 1, 2 and...
Fact sheet

Fact Check Fact File: Could the government make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory in Australia?

Enforcing mandatory vaccination is a complicated proposition intersecting public health, rights to bodily autonomy and medical ethics. RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look at whether mandatory vaccination could be enforced in Australia.

Public attitudes on vaccine distribution

The aim of this paper is to summarise the results from a survey experiment on a probability-based, representative sample of the Australian population during mid-August 2020, that tested explicitly the relative weight that Australians put on different characteristics of individuals, in terms of who should...
Working paper

On the management of population immunity

In addition to understanding the nature of vaccination and treatment in shaping the course of the coronavirus epidemic, this paper also aims to clarify the role of population (or herd) immunity in formulating optimal treatment and vaccination policy.

National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2018–19

This report provides an assessment of state and territory performance against the performance benchmarks outlined in the National Partnership on Essential Vaccines, for the assessment period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. The report shows that 3 jurisdictions met all 5 benchmarks, with the...
Fact sheet

Fact Check Fact File: The history of vaccines, from smallpox to SARS and beyond

With the world focused on a fast-tracked treatment for the novel coronavirus, RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look at the history of vaccine development in the fight against some of the world's most infectious diseases.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Do WA's emergency health powers allow forcible testing, vaccination and removal of underwear of children?

A post shared widely on social media claimed that Western Australia had passed a "COVID-19 Emergency Powers Act" that authorised officers to forcibly test and vaccinate children at school, including removing their clothes. Verdict: Not the full story.