Some of the winners at the annual prize giving ceremony

In the bid to boost the region’s childhood immunisation rates, we launched the Immunisation Bike Competition on October 2019 which ran until 31 January. The highly successful campaign, now in its eighth year, was a great opportunity to ensure that Western Sydney stays close to the national immunisation target of 95% for children at five years of age.[i]

Every child who received their 12 month, 18 month or four year-old immunisation at participating practices during the competition period was eligible to go into the draw to win a bike and helmet.  This year’s campaign saw 191 general practices participate across Western Sydney, collectively immunising 2,843 children. Since 2011, the campaign has seen a continued increase in participation with 12,904 children immunised.

On Saturday 14 March we held a prize-giving ceremony to celebrate the bravery of our 24 winners and award them with their bikes and helmets.

We will be re-launching the competition again in October this year, stay tuned for more details to come and an EOI for general practices to complete, in the coming months.

The next phase of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign has also been launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated. To access the campaign resources including posters, brochures and videos, visit the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign website.

We encourage health professionals to make your patients and networks aware of the new and improved version of the Save The Date to Vaccinate app, a vaccination reminder tool to help parents stay up to date with a child’s vaccination schedule.

The Influenza Vaccination Provider Toolkit for 2020 is available. The toolkit has been developed to assist providers with managing roll-out and implementation of the NSW Health flu vaccination program. The ATAGI advice on seasonal influenza vaccines in 2020 has also been released and contains information specific to the seasonal influenza vaccines.

GPs are also encouraged to view our Immunisation pathways on our Western Sydney HealthPathways site. To access these use the following login details:

Username: health
Password: w3stern  

[i] https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/childhood-immunisation-coverage/immunisation-coverage-rates-for-all-children