I am obviously quite disorganised as I have only just opened my online letter from Centrelink regarding the Maternity Immunisation Allowance... to find that they are no longer funding this! For us, we would vax anyway, and I know it's not a huge amount but it still seems like a backwards step to me.
Has anyone here been influenced by the MIA payment to go ahead and get it done if ambivalent previously?
FWIW I sent this to Centrelink as feedback online (tried calling but the wait was estimated to be 90 minutes *sigh*):
"Regarding your correspondence of 19 July, I am curious as to how removing a financial incentive to immunisation (maternity immunisation allowance) will "increase the immunisation rates of children over time". I would be very interested to have this logic explained to me as it seems counter-intuitive.
Furthermore, I am disappointed that forward funding decisions related to the NIP are made based on the child's date of birth (excluding children before the cut off date), but that children born before decisions made about parental payments are still excluded from receiving these payments, as they are affected "retroactively". For example my daughter, born in March 2012, now is deemed ineligible for the immunisation allowance based on policy changes occurring 4 months later.
I welcome your timely response."