1 November 2018 - Media release
Following public consultation, Campaspe Shire Council is changing its immunisation schedule for 2018 to better reflect the needs of the community.
Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said immunisations will continue to be offered shire wide, but with changes to some days and times to better reflect the demand of communities.
“Our services have been improved to meet current demand and continue to offer a full program of immunisations across the region,” Cr Weston said.
Recently, the community was given the opportunity to provide input into the shire’s immunisation program via an online survey. The information gathered not only reaffirmed the success of the current program, but offered great insight into suggested improvements to the current offering to keep up with community needs.
“We thank the community for providing council with valuable comment via the survey. The feedback received has gone a long way into ensuring ongoing community convenience and success of the program,” Cr Weston said.
General feedback indicated that the most requested times for immunisation sessions were 9am and 5pm and linking the immunisation session with the same day of the maternal and child health (MCH) nurse service was also a popular request. History also shows that services in Colbinabbin and Nanneella were not utilised.
New changes effective January 2018 include:
- The introduction of an evening session in Rochester every second month, alternating monthly with day sessions
- New venue in Rochester – Rochester Community House, bigger location, closer to the town
- Girgarre and Gunbower services continue to be available, strictly by appointment only
- No longer offering service in Colbinabbin and Nanneella
- Kyabram day service has moved from Monday to Tuesday
- New venue in Kyabram – Kyabram Community Learning Centre, providing greater space
- Rushworth service has moved from Monday to Tuesday
- Lockington, Rushworth, Stanhope and Tongala venues will now have MCH Nurses available for appointments at the same time as scheduled immunisations
The immunisation program at Campaspe Shire provides the local community with specialised care in a relaxed environment. A place where families can interact with each other without the clinical feel.
“The immunisation rate within our shire is strong with 96.2 per cent of children aged 0 – 5 vaccinated, compared to Victoria at 93.1 per cent.”
“Our main focus is to ensure that children have access to, and receive, their childhood vaccinations, whether that be through their GP or our program. I am pleased that Campaspe has such a strong immunisation rate, and that council is able to provide this free service to the community,” Cr Weston said.
The 2018 immunisation schedule is available on council’s website, customer service centres, immunisation sessions or the maternal and child health service.