Evaluation of a targeted immunisation program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants in an urban setting

N S W Public Health Bull. May-Jun 2008;19(5-6):96-9. doi: 10.1071/nb07055.


A conjugate pneumococcal vaccination program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in an urban setting initially achieved poor uptake. A targeted intervention was developed to raise awareness among hospital staff, in general practice and in parents of eligible children. An evaluation of the intervention found moderate levels of increased awareness, use of promotional materials and an increase in vaccination. However, significant structural barriers remained.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Health Services, Indigenous*
  • Heptavalent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs*
  • Infant
  • Meningococcal Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • New South Wales
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group*
  • Pneumococcal Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Vaccines, Conjugate / administration & dosage


  • Heptavalent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  • Meningococcal Vaccines
  • Pneumococcal Vaccines
  • Vaccines, Conjugate