$80,000 boost for adult immunisation

The grant winners,  announced at last week’s AGPN national forum, will each receive grants of $20,000 to aid the establishment of immunisation programs in their local communities.

Ballarat and District Division – which won the ‘Division of general practice, GP network or Medicare Local’ category – will use its funding to launch a broad social media campaign to raise awareness of the need for adult pertussis vaccination.

Division spokesperson Dr Bernie Fensling told MO that with people now increasingly using social media and networks to receive their information, it was important for health awareness campaigns to stay engaged with their patient populations.

“We’ve had a lot of admissions to the base hospital – very young children with pertussis,” he told MO. “This is a susceptible group and if we can encourage people to protect... the most vulnerable from the risk, that is what