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Childhood respiratory illness presentation and service utilisation in primary care: a six-year cohort study in Wellington, New Zealand, using natural language processing (NLP) software

Objectives To identify childhood respiratory tract-related illness presentation rates and service utilisation in primary care by interrogating free text and coded data from electronic medical records.

Design Retrospective cohort study. Data interrogation used a natural language processing software inference algorithm.

Setting 36 primary care practices in New Zealand. Data analysed from January 2008 to December 2013.

The challenges and opportunities of translating best practice immunisation strategies among low performing general practices to reduce equity gaps in childhood immunisation coverage in New Zealand

Background: Immunisation coverage rates vary considerably at the local level across New Zealand and challenges remain with effectively translating best available research evidence into public health practice. This study aimed to translate best practices from high performing general practices into strategies to improve childhood immunisation coverage among low performing practices.

Conference and workshops

IMAC holds an immunisation workshop every year. The workshop programme is designed for front-line vaccinators, health care workers and immunisation coordinators. The topics tend to focus on practical aspects of service delivery and communication, but there are also clinical and technical updates. 

Education and training

The Immunisation Advisory Centre provides a range of education and training options for health professionals, including accredited training to become an authorised vaccinator, update courses and information sessions. We offer online, face to face and blended (mixture of online and face to face) learning opportunities.