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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    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."

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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    Instead of the MIA, FTB supplements paid at the end of the financial year are now linked to immunisation status- so there is a bit more money on the line for some people.

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    The Maternity Immunisation Allowance was not conditional on immunisation, but upon immunisation status - so was paid if either:
    * the child is up to date with immunisations, or
    * the parents have completed a conscientious objection form with a doctor

    Therefore it didn't encourage immunisation, just coerced them to speak about immunisation with their doctor.

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    I too received the letter (DS was born Feb 2011) explaining that we would not receive the immunisation payment (we are up to date with vaxxing).

    I also fail to understand how removing said payment will 'encourage' people to vaxx?

    I didn't vaxx my DS due to the financial incentive though, I imagine it would be a very small amount anyway.

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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    I honestly think it doesn't matter. People who didn't vax were entitled to the payment anyway if the were c.o's. It was given for updating the govt on your child's vax status, not as a bonus for vaxxing. That's basically still the same with the new ftb payment. I don't know anyone who has made their vax choice based on this.
    Eta- I'll continue vaxxing regardless of any govt payments

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    Default Re: "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    I don't think it was ever going to make people vax that wouldn't otherwise, but it probably made some people stay up to date iykwim.

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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    The Maternity Immunisation Allowance was not conditional on immunisation, but upon immunisation status - so was paid if either:
    * the child is up to date with immunisations, or
    * the parents have completed a conscientious objection form with a doctor

    Therefore it didn't encourage immunisation, just coerced them to speak about immunisation with their doctor.
    Yes I was aware of this, but people are COs for lots of different reasons and I think it's a good thing for them to discuss it with someone with the correct info before finalising that choice.

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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrysanthemum View Post
    Yes I was aware of this, but people are COs for lots of different reasons and I think it's a good thing for them to discuss it with someone with the correct info before finalising that choice.
    You still do have to speak to a GP about it, all they have changed is removing the MIA and linking it to your FTB part b supplement for the financial years they turn 18mths and 4yrs. So instead of getting the $140 odd payment it's now $700 that's a bit more of an incentive to keep your status up to date IMO.

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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    Or are you cracking the sads that youve lost your MIA payment?

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    Default "Reforms to increase immunisation" remove incentive. Sorry, what?

    If you do it for the money, it's not the right reasons.


 

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