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Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates in 2014–15

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HPV immunisation rates for boys

This section presents local area HPV immunisation rates for boys, for the first time since the National HPV Vaccination Program was extended to boys in 2013.

Nationally in 2014–15, more than two-thirds of boys aged 15 (67.3% or more than 96,000) were fully immunised against HPV.

It is important to note the majority of these boys would have received their vaccinations in 2013, the year in which the program was extended to boys. HPV immunisation rates for boys are expected to improve over time.

Variation across Primary Health Network areas

There was considerable variation in HPV immunisation rates for boys across PHN areas in 2014–15, with results ranging from 77.8% in Gippsland (Vic) to 56.5% in Northern Territory.

Figure 4 maps the percentage of boys fully immunised against HPV for PHN areas in 2014–15.

Variation across local areas (SA4s)

Variation was much wider across more than 80 local areas (SA4s). The percentage of boys aged 15 in 2014–15 who were fully immunised against HPV ranged from 81.6% in Perth-South West (WA), nearly 40 percentage points higher than South East (Tas), which recorded a rate of 42.8%.

Local area (SA4) Boys fully immunised
Perth-South West (WA) 81.6%
Warrnambool & South-West (Vic) 80.2%
Mackay (Qld) 80.1%
National rate 67.3%
Perth-North East (WA) 52.7%
South Australia-Outback 52.0%
South East (Tas) 42.8%

Results for all SA4s (where data were available) can be found in the downloadable Excel sheets at Explore the data

Figure 4: Percentage of boys in 2014–15 fully immunised against HPV by Primary Health Network (PHN) area

Map of Australia showing the percentage of boys in 2014–15 fully immunised against HPV by Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
60.0 – 64.9%
65.0 – 69.9%
70.0 – 74.9%
75.0 – 79.9%
80.0 – 84.9%
85.0 – 89.9%
Lowest group
Highest group
Primary Health Network boundary
Image showing the percentage of boys in 2014–15 fully immunised against HPV by Primary Health Network (PHN) area.
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PHN area State Percentage fully immunised
National rate - 67.3%
Gippsland Vic 77.8%
Western Victoria Vic 74.7%
Eastern Melbourne Vic 74.5%
Perth South WA 73.2%
Western Queensland Qld 71.8%
Murray Vic, NSW 71.6%
North Western Melbourne Vic 71.2%
Northern Queensland Qld 71.2%
Brisbane North Qld 71.0%
Adelaide SA 69.3%
Northern Sydney NSW 69.0%
Brisbane South Qld 69.0%
South Eastern Melbourne Vic 68.7%
Murrumbidgee NSW 68.7%
Hunter New Eng. & Central Coast NSW 68.2%
Australian Capital Territory ACT 67.7%
Darling Downs & West Moreton Qld 66.9%
South Western Sydney NSW 65.9%
Central Qld, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast Qld 64.3%
Central & Eastern Sydney NSW 64.1%
South Eastern NSW NSW 64.0%
Country WA WA 63.3%
Country SA SA 63.3%
Perth North WA 62.1%
Gold Coast Qld 60.6%
Western NSW NSW 60.6%
Western Sydney NSW 60.3%
Nepean Blue Mountains NSW 59.3%
Tasmania Tas 59.1%
North Coast NSW 56.8%
Northern Territory NT 56.5%

Notes: These data include boys aged 15 who had received three doses of HPV vaccine by 30 June 2015. Only vaccinations reported to the National HPV Vaccination Program Register (HPV Register) are included. Boys whose courses are considered to be incomplete according to the Chief Medical Officer guidelines3 and boys who do not wish their details to be recorded on the HPV Register are excluded. Data are reported to one decimal place, however for graphical display and ordering they are plotted unrounded.

Sources: National HPV Vaccination Program Register, data extracted 4 August 2016, and Australian Bureau of Statistics, Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2013.

3. DoHA (Department of Health and Ageing) 2009. Chief Medical Officer Guidance on revaccination where HPV vaccine doses have been given at less than recommended minimum intervals January 2009. Canberra: DoHA. Viewed 20 February 2017,$File/CMO-full-advice-hpv.pdfExternal link, opens in a new window..

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