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Will the battle for full immunisation coverage be won & lost on Twitter?

Barely a day goes by without an Australian media outlet publishing a story about vaccination. Just last week, we discussed on the VIVA! blog how Brisbane’s well-heeled inner city suburbs have recorded some of the lowest vaccination rates in Australia. With the Federal Government proposing in March that State and Territory governments should ban unvaccinated…

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Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute launches Wellness Plan recommending age-related vaccinations as a preventative health measure

On March 19, 2017, The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne launched a publication designed to help Australians lead long, healthy and productive lives. Entitled ‘The Baker IDI Wellness Plan’, the publication includes a healthy action plan, healthy recipes and meal plans, tips for developing healthy habits, and a checklist of medical test recommendations…

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VIVA! Communications clinches four highly coveted awards at PRIA National GTA’s 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016 marked the 40th annual Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) National Golden Target Awards (GTAs) – an evening honouring the crème-de-la-crème of the nation’s PR industry. PR gurus Australia-wide flocked to the Sheraton Four Seasons, Sydney to learn the fate of their hard-earned PR and communication campaign submissions this week. VIVA!…

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National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy set to safeguard our future

In the lead up to the WHO Global Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov 14-20, 2016), the Deputy Prime Minister and the Federal Health Minister have issued a joint media release this week announcing their implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy for 2015-2019. The plan aims to combat the immediate global threat of antimicrobial resistance.…

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Federal Government scraps plans for Australian School Vaccination Registry – November 7, 2016

In the 2015/16 Federal Budget, the Federal Government allocated $26 million to boost vaccination rates in Australia, including a new Australian Schools Vaccination Register designed to record all adolescent vaccinations provided through school programs for 2017. On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Department of Health announced via a media release that it was scrapping its…

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