Recognition of general practice鈥檚 crucial role in childhood immunisations welcomed

14 March 2024

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麻豆视频入口 welcomes the decision聽that the important role general practices play in the delivery of childhood immunisations聽will be recognised with more funding.

In discussion last night at the General Practice Leaders鈥 Forum, Dr Nick Chamberlain, National Public Health Service national director at Te Whatu Ora outlined details of what support there would be for practices who carry out this crucial part of a child鈥檚 healthcare.

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, 鈥淲e know the responsibility to ensure children are receiving their immunisations on time will stay with general practice, and we believe this is the right place for it.

鈥淥ur practice teams put a lot of time聽and effort into improving the immunisation rates in their communities.聽This extra funding will go a long way to help us with the initial pre-calls and recalls of wh膩nau who have p膿pi due or overdue for their immunisations throughout their early years.鈥

Starting from 1 April 2024 the additional funding going to general practice for the pre-call and recall work required will be:

  • $40 base payment to the practice where the baby is enrolled, for any completed six-week immunisation (no matter where the immunisation is administered)
  • An additional $40 payment for priority groups 鈥 high-needs, M膩ori, Pasifika, rural, community service card holders and quintile 5

鈥淭he six-week immunisations are often the first chance for the general practice team to check in on the health and wellbeing of the baby, mother, and wider wh膩nau. Of all the immunisations, this is the one that should be carried out in a general practice,鈥 says Dr Murton.

Recall processes as set out in the College鈥檚 Foundation Standard give good guidance to practices on what is expected with this funding. The College will be collating a one-page document to support practices, so the expected processes are clear.

The College recommends that pharmacies who start to offer childhood immunisations will have contractual obligations and strict processes to ensure there are no gaps in care. This includes referral to general practice if there are any concerns, prompt advice to practices of immunisation, and real time logging of data into the Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR).