3 Dec 2018

This report complements other reports providing data on immunisation coverage in Australia and highlights important trends, as well as policy and program changes in relation to these trends.

Journal article

2 Oct 2018

If high-coverage vaccination and screening is maintained, at an elimination threshold of four new cases per 100,000 women annually, cervical cancer could be considered to be eliminated as a public health problem in Australia within the next twenty years.

Journal article

27 Mar 2017

Summary: In recent years, there has been increasing attention on parents who actively refuse to vaccinate their children. Successive federal governments have increased the amount of family assistance payments at stake for those who do not vaccinate, and removed most incentives for providers to...

Journal article

1 Mar 2017


Vaccine hesitancy is a public health concern. The objectives of this article were to describe Australian parents’ attitudes, behaviours and concerns about vaccination, determine the factors associated with vaccination non-compliance, and provide sources of vaccination information for general practitioners (GPs).



18 Apr 2016

This 10th annual immunisation coverage report shows data for the calendar year 2016 derived from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program Register.

Journal article

15 Apr 2016

The objective of this study was to explore the impact of implementation of the Public Health Amendment (Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities) Act 2013 on child-care centres in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales (NSW), from the perspective of child-care centre...


18 Feb 2016

Although the percentage of children fully immunised in Australia is high, rates are not uniform across the country and there are significant variations at the local level.

Overview: The third report on child immunisation rates from the National Health Performance Authority finds that...


3 Sep 2015

In August 2014, the Ministry of Health held a workshop to discuss strategies for achieving increased coverage of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation in the future.

This document outlines a plan for progressing and revitalising the HPV immunisation programme for 12-year-old girls. The plan uses...


1 Dec 2014

Broad-scale immunisation has saved millions of lives worldwide, making it the most effective form of disease prevention we have. Meanwhile, new vaccines and delivery methods continue to be discovered. Why, then, are vaccination rates at dangerously low levels in parts of Australia and overseas? What...

Journal article

1 Oct 2014

Provides an approach for primary care physicians to enable effective communication with parents who have different levels of concerns about vaccinations and awareness of currently available resources that may be used to support discussions.


Background Vaccine hesitancy is becoming increasingly recognised...


27 Aug 2014

Nobel Laureate Professor Rolf Zinkernagel presented a Public Lecture at the The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at ANU on 25 August 2014 entitled 'Why do we not have a vaccine against HIV or TB?'

Prior to the public lecture the Curtin...


19 Dec 2012

This report reviews the limited information available in Australia on how many people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have the vaccination, and finds that the uptake rate is not as high as would be expected if recommendations were being followed.

Research has...


10 Sep 2010

This report presents results from the 2010 Pandemic Vaccination Survey conducted in January and February 2010 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report provides estimates of swine flu vaccination uptake by Australians, along with the motivation for, and barriers to, vaccination. The...


6 Feb 2010

In Inside Story, Melissa Sweet looks at the latest chapter in the debate about swine flu and its implications for public health campaigns

WHO DO you trust when it comes to advice about swine flu, and whether you or members of your family should...


13 Nov 2009

Learning how to harness the power of the immune system to combat infectious killers has been one of the most dramatic developments in the history of medicine.

Eradication of smallpox and the near elimination of polio serve to remind us that the destiny of...


19 Mar 2008

In 2007, The Cancer Council Australia, with co-sponsorship from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, convened a national roundtable discussion on human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation and its impact on the National Cervical Screening Program.

HPV immunisation has the potential to prevent strains of...


24 Mar 2005

This report presents summary results from the 2004 survey, which includes questions on both influenza and, for the first time, pneumococcal vaccination. The influenza questions are part of the review of the National Influenza Vaccine Program for Older Australians (aged 65 years or older). The...


11 Mar 2005

This, the third biennial report on vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine coverage in Australia, brings together the four most important national sources of routinely collected data about vaccine preventable diseases and vaccinations (deaths, notifications, hospitalisations and vaccination coverage) for all age groups between 2001 and...


1 Feb 2005

Pneumococcal diseases are caused by a common bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus). The pneumococcus bacterium has approximately 90 known serotypes, only some of which commonly cause disease. Eleven serotypes are responsible for most of the disease in infants across the globe, with seven serotypes...


10 Mar 2004

The Australian government's National Influenza Vaccine Program for Older Australians funds free vaccine for Australians aged 65 years and older. Conducted in October 2003, almost 8000 Australians aged 40 years and older participated in the 2003 survey and were asked about their recent medical and...



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