Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Perth Children's Hospital patients get immunisation boost

    14/08/2018 9:35 AM
     
    • Young patients attending Perth Children's Hospital can access a new immunisation centre for important childhood vaccinations
    • The new $2.7 million centre has been funded by the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation to reduce hospitalisation rates and protect against serious illness
    • Families attending the hospital can drop in to the centre and have their children vaccinated free of charge and without an appointment

    A new immunisation centre at Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) means all children and their families can more readily access important childhood vaccinations onsite to help combat serious disease.

     

    The Stan Perron Immunisation Centre is located on Level 1 of the hospital. The service is free and no appointments or referrals are necessary.

     

    The service is available to all children and families attending the hospital - as inpatients, outpatients, in the emergency department or as visitors. Vaccinations on the Western Australian immunisation schedule can be obtained, and advice on current immunisation recommendations is also provided if requested.

     

    Health Minister Roger Cook today officially opened the centre, which was made possible by a $2.7 million investment by the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation over the next five years.

     

    The service will work with hospital clinics and services to help ensure that all children who come to PCH have easy access to scheduled immunisations, helping to reduce the gap in WA's current childhood immunisation coverage.

     

    In WA, 92.5 per cent of children under the age of five are fully vaccinated. Many children attending the hospital are overdue for routine vaccinations, including many with chronic medical conditions. The centre aims to ensure that these children are able to access vaccines before leaving the hospital.

     

    The centre is now fully operational and is staffed by an immunisation clinical nurse consultant, a clinical nurse, specialist paediatricians, and administrative support, providing a comprehensive immunisation service, including family education and research.

     

    For more information regarding the centre, visit http://www.pch.health.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "Protecting Western Australian children from infectious diseases through immunisation is a high priority for the McGowan Government. Vaccination saves lives and this centre will help deliver a vital service.

     

    "The new immunisation centre is a tremendous asset for the hospital. It will help to protect children from serious illness and make it easier for families to ensure their children's immunisations are up-to-date.

     

    "I would like to thank the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation for their significant contribution, which will help drive better health outcomes for the children of Western Australia."

     

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