The Loddon-Elmore catchment has the third-highest percentage in the country for immunisation of five-year-olds.April 4, 2014 4:20am
Immunisation rates for five-year-olds in the Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local region, which includes Heathcote, are among the highest in the country, according to the latest National Health Performance Authority report.
LMMML chief executive officer Matt Jones said the Healthy Communities: Immunisation Rates for Children in 2012-13 report showed the region was above per cent at all levels.
‘‘It is encouraging to see we are above 90 per cent for children fully immunised at ages one, two and five,’’ he said.
‘‘There has also been a significant improvement on the rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged one who are fully immunised compared to the previous 12-month period.
‘‘Our region is now at 86 per cent which places us above the national rate of 85.2 per cent.’’
Mr Jones said the report allowed the organisation to identify the communities where improvement was needed.
‘‘There has been a decrease in the percentage of two-year-olds fully immunised compared to the previous report,’’ he said.
‘‘It also shows there are still communities where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are not benefiting from the full health protection that vaccines provide.
‘‘This data is a vital tool that allows us to focus on specific local areas to continue the momentum to stay above the national rate.’’
Mr Jones said this year’s report provided an accurate level of district information in comparison to the 2011-12 report.
‘‘Medicare Locals were still being set up during the time of the 2011-12 reporting period,’’ he said.
‘‘This report reflects our first year of operation as a Medicare Local.
‘‘It provides a much better baseline when dealing with population health to keeping people well, out of hospital and importantly vaccinated again communicable diseases.’’
Mr Jones said LMMML was working actively on immunisation programs through education and support.
‘‘Our organisation works with and offers assistance to local government, general practices and other agencies to promote safe, effective and timely vaccinations,’’ he said.
‘‘Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also protects others in our community by reducing the spread of disease.’’
Relay For Life participants took to Shepparton's Princess Park at the weekend to raise funds for the fight against cancer, support those battling the disease and remember those who have lost their fight.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
To celebrate National Children’s Week Campaspe shire is hosting an activities day at Apex Park tomorrow with groups providing interesting activities for babies through to kinder aged children.
Maribeth, Angelica, Faye and Reynaldo Dipasupil have become Australian citizens at a ceremony in Echuca recently.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
Berrigan Shire was this week approved for a low interest loan from the state government to undertake flood mitigation works.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
A part of motorsport history comes to Cobram, with local business performing a full restoration of Jack Brabham’s championship F2 BT18.
Sunny skies for Deniliquin Caulfield Cup Day race meet.
NSW has announced an increase in water allocations for Murray and Murrumbidgee irrigators.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.