The Sanofi Pasteur Vaxigrants program is calling upon Australian immunisation providers to submit unique, sustainable and replicable ideas to be in the running for one of four $25,000 grants.
Now in its fourth year, the Sanofi Pasteur Vaxigrants program encourages healthcare professionals to consider new ways to implement immunisation programs, provide funding to assist these ideas to come to life, and share best practice amongst the immunisation community.
Kate Russo, nurse immuniser and Networking Health Victoria member, returns to the judging panel this year.
“There were some outstanding entries in 2014 with some exceptional thinking which highlights the valuable nature of the program for immunisation providers around the country,” says Russo.
“With new categories and more funds to bring ideas to life, it’s worth exploring what Vaxigrants can offer.
‘’There’s even an open category this year, so there really are options for everyone.”
The independent Vaxigrants judges will choose the four best ideas to receive a $25,000 Vaxigrant from the following categories:
- Timeliness of vaccination schedules.
- Vaccination clinics in non-traditional settings.
- Coverage in populations that are challenging to reach e.g. indigenous, out-of-home care children, refugees, asylum seekers or Australians returning home.
- Uptake of vaccines recommended for healthcare workers.
- Pregnancy and flu vaccination.
- Vaccine refusers or vaccine hesitant.
- Open category (applicants create their own category).
Sanofi Pasteur Medical & Regulatory Affairs Director, Dr Andrea Forde, says the program reflects Sanofi Pasteur’s continuing commitment to boost immunisation rates in Australia.
“The categories this year cover the pertinent themes in immunisation that are developing very quickly in Australia,” Dr Forde says.
“Ideally the Vaxigrants will be able to help assist this growth and reflect positive health outcomes for local communities.”
Ideas can be submitted via www.vaxigrants.com.au until 17 April 2015 at 5pm EST.
The winners will be announced in June 2015 at the Communicable Disease Control Conference (CDC) in Brisbane.