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No Jab, No Pay — no planning for migrant children

Georgia A Paxton, Lauren Tyrrell, Sophie B Oldfield, Karen Kiang and Margie H Danchin
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (7): 296-298. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00351

Migration should be considered by immunisation policy

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Act 2015 (Cwlth) was passed in November 2015, closing the conscientious objection exemption to immunisation requirements for family assistance payments. The intention was to reinforce the importance of immunisation and protect public health, especially for children.1,2 While these aims are sound, there are far-reaching, presumably unintended, consequences for migrant and refugee children.

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  • Georgia A Paxton1
  • Lauren Tyrrell2
  • Sophie B Oldfield1
  • Karen Kiang1
  • Margie H Danchin1,3

  • 1 Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Victorian Refugee Health Network, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Correspondence: georgia.paxton@rch.org.au

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