Past Research Projects

Immunisation of children in out-of-home care: general practice perspectives

Project team:

  • Dr Kate Thornton
  • Prof Meredith Temple-Smith
  • Dr Susan Webster.




February 2016- February 2017.

Description of project:

Research in Australia and other countries consistently demonstrates that children in out-of-home care (OOHC) have worse outcomes than other children. Immunisation rates have also been found to be lower than children not in care.

My qualitative study aims to explore healthcare professionals’ views of barriers and enablers to immunisation for children in OOHC.

At present, I have done a total 8 semi-structured interviews with GPs, practice nurses and some other healthcare professionals. These interviews were 15-30 minutes duration and were conducted via phone or face-to-face. I am currently doing thematic analysis of the data with the assistance of NVivo software.

Presentations and publications:

Short paper at the GP16 conference on 1 October, 2016.