Official immunisation history statements now required for Victorian children

Paul Hayes

22/02/2018 11:06:55 AM

Victoria has strengthened its ‘No Jab, No Play’ laws with new rules ensuring medical practitioners will not be able to submit false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised.

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Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the state government wants ‘as many children as possible immunised and protected from life-threatening illnesses’. Image: AAP

The new laws, which passed through the Victorian state parliament on Wednesday 21 February, mean ‘letters and other documents’ supplied by immunisation providers will no longer be accepted as proof of immunisation. Only ‘immunisation history statements’ from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of immunisation or medical exemption.
The new laws, according to the Victorian Government, are designed to simplify the process of enrolling children in early childhood services.
‘We want as many children as possible immunised and protected from life-threatening illnesses,’ Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said. ‘Immunising your child not only protects you and your family, but other children in the community. The science is crystal clear.’
Despite the idea of so-called ‘rogue doctors’ working to help children avoid vaccinations, the RACGP has previously moved to reassure patients that GPs are the most trusted source of advice on immunisations and that anti-vaccination messages have no place in general practice.
‘It is vital all Australians are fully vaccinated,’ GP and Chair of RACGP Victoria Dr Cameron Loy said last year. ‘GPs remain the cornerstone of an effective and timely immunisation program.
‘While some parents may have concerns stemming from reading misleading immunisation information, anti-vaccination messages are dangerous and are not supported by the RACGP.
‘If you are one of the few parents or carers in Australia with concerns about vaccinating your child, please share your questions and concerns with your GP … [who] will offer specific advice suited to you and your child’s individual needs and circumstances.’

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Maureen Howard   23/02/2018 10:40:14 AM

Those 'rouge doctors' must now be really red-faced.

newsGP   23/02/2018 11:03:13 AM

Excellent pun, Maureen. We have fixed the error and are suitably rouge-faced.


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