This innovative project targets poor immunisation rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, refugees, asylum seekers and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Traditionally, these groups miss immunisations because of a lack of access opportunities.
The project aimed to increase vaccinations in these groups while increasing awareness about the importance of immunisation. EMPHN commissioned local organisations across the LGAs of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges to deliver the immunisation service at a variety of accessible locations, including community centres and homelessness services.
During 2017-18 5,500 people were immunised through this service. This is another example of how EMPHN is encouraging services to reach out to those people who are missing out on essential care, taking services out to people rather than waiting for people to come to the service.
Watch the below video to learn more about this initiative.