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$20,000 immunisation grants

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Doctors and nurses with innovative ideas about how to boost vaccination rates in their local community could be in the running for a $20,000 grant.

Applications are being invited for the annual GSK Immunisation Grants program, which aims to encourage innovation and the sharing of ideas among immunisation providers.

Four grants worth $20,000 each will be distributed under the program.

GP vaccination specialist Dr Neil Hearnden, who is on the panel that will assess grant applications, said doctors and nurses working in local communities have can have great insight into gaps in health services and how to engage difficult-to-reach groups, and the grants can help them make a real difference to immunisation rates.

As an example, last year Tasmania Medicare Local used its grant to provide free flu vaccinations for people using crisis support services, while in Queensland the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service used the grant to raise awareness of the need for pertussis vaccination for women planning a pregnancy and expectant mothers.

Grant applications need to be submitted by the close of business, Friday, 15 August.

 For more information, visit: www.immunisationgrants.gsk.com.au