The Health Minister Kim Hames suggested that the reporting of adverse events to either the Therapeutic Goods Administration Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing or to the Public Health Division of the State Department of Health led to confusion which inevitably resulted in a delayed response to the crisis.

The Communicative Disease Control Directorate was also criticised for their delayed response to the crisis and their inability to communicate results in a timely manner and to the key players, such as the WA Health Department.

The paper recommended a number of improvements to the reporting of adverse events post-vaccination including “further improving the quality of information provided to the general public on vaccine benefits and side effects, so that parents can continue to make informed choices.” This is an interesting finding and one which I will investigate further in my next blog as to how information on vaccines is delivered to the community, in particular through the mass media.

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