Kirsten F Ward

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BACKGROUND On the 30th September 2009, the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccine was made available to adults and children aged 10 years and over, in Australia. Acceptance of a novel vaccine is influenced by perceptions of risk including risk of infection, risk of death or severe illness and risk of serious vaccine side-effects. We surveyed a sample of(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the beliefs, perceived risks and initial attitudes of the Australian community towards the influenza pandemic declared by the World Health Organization in response to the emergence of an A(H1N1) influenza subtype. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Cross-sectional survey of Sydney residents during WHO Phase 5 of pandemic (H1N1) 2009.(More)
Over the past decade the number of recommended and funded vaccines for adolescents has increased, becoming a substantial part of the National Immunisation Program in Australia. In response, NSW has implemented disease-specific vaccination campaigns for both children and adolescents and more recently established a routine high school-based vaccination(More)
OBJECTIVE School-based vaccination is becoming a more widely used method of vaccine delivery. However, evaluations of school-based vaccination program implementation have not been systematically reviewed. This paper describes the results of a systematic review of the literature on process (or implementation) evaluations of school-based vaccination delivery.(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper examines how the monovalent varicella vaccine for children, with an adolescent catch-up dose, was introduced into Australia's National Immunisation Program (NIP), focusing on programme implementation. METHODS Semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants involved in programme implementation. Key themes from interviews(More)
Adolescents have become an increasingly prominent target group for vaccination in Australia and other developed countries. Over the past decade, voluntary school-based vaccination programs have evolved to become the primary method of delivering adolescent vaccines funded under Australia's National Immunisation Program (NIP). These programs operate at a(More)
Despite official recommendations for health care workers to receive the influenza vaccine, uptake remains low. This systematic review of randomized controlled trials was conducted to understand the evidence about interventions to improve influenza vaccine uptake among health care workers. We identified twelve randomized controlled trials that, collectively,(More)
Evaluating the 'Common Reactions to Vaccination' post-vaccination care resource was seen as an opportunity to contribute to the limited literature base in this important area, learn from the strengths and weaknesses of the resource and gain insight into post-vaccination care practices. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 12 general(More)
BACKGROUND Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all Australian health care workers (HCWs) including those working in primary health care. There is limited published data on coverage, workplace provision, attitudes and personal barriers to influenza vaccination amongst primary health care staff. The aim of this study was to contribute to the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the views, needs and intended behaviour of general practitioners and practice nurses (PNs) regarding pandemic influenza. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS A postal survey of GPs and PNs in four Divisions of General Practice in New South Wales, selected to represent a diverse sample of practices from inner-city, semi-urban and rural(More)