Immunisation rates for children in South Eastern NSW in 2015-16

Immunisation

Overall vaccination rates for children in South Eastern NSW have increased significantly and were higher than the Australian national average, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Overall vaccination rates for children in South Eastern NSW have increased significantly and were higher than the Australian national average, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The results were revealed in AIHW’s latest publication: Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children which analyses Australian Immunisation Register statistics from the 2015–16 financial year.

The results show 94.3% of children aged 1 year in South Eastern NSW were fully immunised for their age, with the Australian national figure of 90.7% for this age group. Dapto – Port Kembla and Kiama – Shellharbour areas were amongst the top 35 areas in Australia.

For two year olds, the percentage is 92.3%, while the national average was 90.7%. The Snowy Mountains, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven areas were amongst the top 35 areas in Australia.

In addition, 94.7% of children aged 5 years were fully immunised, compared to the Australian national figure of 92.9% for this age group. Kiama – Shellharbour area was amongst the top 35 areas in Australia.

Although immunisation rates for Aboriginal children 1 year and 2 years in South Eastern NSW aged continue to be lower than overall population figures; they have shown marked improvement from last year’s figures for all age groups and were also higher than the Australian national average across all three age groups.

However, it’s not all good news for the region with the South Coast (comprising of Eurobodalla and Bega Valley local government areas) amongst the lowest 50 areas (in Australia).

In fact, the South Coast continues to have the lowest rates in the South Eastern NSW PHN catchment for all age groups.

2015-16 immunisation figures for all children:

  Immunisation rates (%) by age groups
Region name 1 year 2 years 5 years
Dapto - Port Kembla 95.5 91.6 95.2
Kiama - Shellharbour 95.0 92.9 96.5
Queanbeyan 93.7 93.8 94.8
Snowy Mountains 93.3 94.0 93.9
South Coast 91.8 88.0 92.8
Shoalhaven 95.0 93.7 94.6
Wollongong 94.1 93.0 94.1
Goulburn - Yass 94.9 91.3 94.9
South Eastern NSW PHN 94.3 92.3 94.7
Australia 93.0 90.7 92.9

 

Find out more: Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children

Sources: Secondary analysis of data sourced from Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015–16 report conducted by Ghosh A 2017 for COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN