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Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates in 2014–15

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HPV immunisation rates for girls

Nationally in 2014–15, nearly four-fifths of girls aged 15 (78.6% or more than 108,000) were fully immunised against HPV. This was an increase from 72.0% of girls fully immunised in 2012–13 and 74.3% in 2013–14.

Variation across Primary Health Network areas

Across PHN areas in 2014–15 there was considerable variation in HPV immunisation rates for girls. Results ranged from 86.3% of girls fully immunised against HPV in Murrumbidgee (NSW) PHN area to 67.2% in Tasmania PHN area.

Figure 2 maps the percentage of girls fully immunised against HPV for PHN areas in 2014–15.

Changes over time for Primary Health Network areas

Nationally, HPV immunisation rates for girls have increased significantly since 2012–13. Rates also increased significantly for 20 of Australia’s 31 PHN areas in the year to 2014–15.

Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) and Western Sydney PHN areas recorded the greatest increase in rates to 2014–15, improving by more than 12 percentage points, while Perth North and Country WA were the two PHN areas with a significant decrease in rates across the same period.

Table 1 shows the number of PHN areas with a statistically significant change in the percentage of fully immunised girls from the previous year.

Variation across local areas (SA4s)

In 2014–15 there was wide variation across more than 80 local areas called Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s). The percentages of girls who were fully immunised against HPV varied by nearly 30 percentage points, ranging from 89.7% in Sydney-Ryde (NSW) to 62.5% in Barossa-Yorke-Mid North (SA).

Figure 3 shows the percentages of girls fully immunised against HPV by SA4, over the three year period to 2014–15.

Changes over time for local areas (SA4s)

As with PHN areas, many local areas (SA4s) recorded a significant increase in HPV immunisation rates for girls, while a very small number of SA4s recorded a decrease.

The local areas with the greatest increase to 2014–15 were all in New South Wales, while the local areas with a significant decrease in rates were both in Western Australia (Figure 3).

Table 1 shows the number of local areas (SA4s) with a statistically significant change in the percentage of fully immunised girls from the previous year.

HPV immunisation rates for all PHN and local areas (for which data were available) from 2012–13 to 2014–15, including changes over time, can be accessed in downloadable Excel sheets at Explore the data

Table 1: Number of areas with a change over time in HPV immunisation rates for girls

PHN areas Local areas (SA4s)
2012–13 to 2013–14 2013–14 to 2014–15 2012–13 to 2013–14 2013–14 to 2014–15
Significant increase (+) 17 20 32 43
Significant decrease (-) 2 2 3 2
No significant change 9 8 39 25
Total 28 30 74 70

Notes: Changes were considered to be statistically significant with 95% confidence. Change over time was not calculated for areas with a target population less than 200 and/or had a population change of >5% over the two years prior to reporting.

Figure 2: Percentage of girls in 2014–15 fully immunised against HPV by Primary Health Network (PHN) area

Map of Australia showing the percentage of girls 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.
NP
<60.0%
60.0 – 64.9%
65.0 – 69.9%
70.0 – 74.9%
75.0 – 79.9%
80.0 – 84.9%
85.0 – 89.9%
≥90.0%
Lowest group
Highest group
Primary Health Network boundary
CAPITAL CITY
Image showing the percentage of girls 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 - 78.6%
Murrumbidgee NSW 86.3%
Western Victoria Vic 84.4%
Hunter New Eng. & Central Coast NSW 83.8%
Northern Sydney NSW 82.7%
Gippsland Vic 82.2%
Western Sydney NSW 82.2%
South Western Sydney NSW 81.9%
Eastern Melbourne Vic 81.9%
Central & Eastern Sydney NSW 81.9%
Murray Vic, NSW 81.3%
Northern Queensland Qld 80.6%
Perth South WA 80.0%
Western NSW NSW 79.7%
Brisbane South Qld 79.5%
North Western Melbourne Vic 79.2%
Brisbane North Qld 78.4%
Country WA WA 78.3%
North Coast NSW 77.9%
Australian Capital Territory ACT 77.6%
South Eastern Melbourne Vic 77.5%
South Eastern NSW NSW 77.1%
Nepean Blue Mountains NSW 76.9%
Northern Territory NT 76.3%
Adelaide SA 75.8%
Central Qld, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast Qld 74.7%
Darling Downs & West Moreton Qld 72.6%
Perth North WA 70.2%
Gold Coast Qld 70.1%
Country SA SA 69.4%
Tasmania Tas 67.2%
Western Queensland Qld NP

NP Not available for publication as the area’s target population was less than 200 and/or had a change of ≥10% over the two years prior to reporting.

Notes: These data include girls 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. Girls whose courses are considered to be incomplete according to the Chief Medical Officer guidelines3 and girls 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.

Figure 3: Percentages of girls in 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15 fully immunised against HPV by local area (SA4), sorted by HPV immunisation rate in 2014–15

Chart showing percentages of girls in 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15 fully immunised against HPV by local area (SA4), sorted by HPV immunisation rate in 2014–15

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Local area (SA4) Percentage of girls fully immunised against HPV
2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
National 72.0% 74.3% 78.6%
New South Wales69.1%71.1%81.5%
Victoria 76.0%78.5%80.5%
Australian Capital Territory74.7%70.2%77.6%
Queensland 71.6%74.2%76.7%
Northern Territory 77.7%72.7%76.4%
Western Australia 73.6%77.8%75.7%
South Australia 72.6%73.4%73.8%
Tasmania 62.5%66.8%67.2%
New South Wales 69.1% 71.1% 81.5%
Sydney-Ryde 75.0%80.4%89.7%
Central Coast 73.7%80.2%88.8%
Sydney-South West 71.4%75.4%85.8%
Newcastle & Lake Macquarie 69.2%72.9%85.0%
Sydney-Parramatta 69.9%75.1%84.5%
Riverina 70.8%75.5%83.8%
Murray 78.3%71.9%83.7%
Sydney-Inner West 73.9%76.4%83.4%
Sydney-Sutherland 68.5%74.4%83.4%
New England & North West 68.6%69.7%82.3%
Far West & Orana 71.4%70.4%#81.9%#
Sydney-North Sydney & Hornsby 73.5%71.8%81.7%
Sydney-Northern Beaches 67.9%65.2%81.4%
Sydney-Inner South West 70.9%71.9%80.6%
Sydney-City & Inner South 58.5%71.8%80.6%
Hunter Valley excl. Newcastle 72.0%72.5%80.4%
Sydney-Blacktown 61.5%62.4%80.4%
Sydney-Outer South West 72.2%77.3%80.3%
Illawarra 63.2%65.4%80.2%
Central West 74.0%73.1%79.9%
Sydney-Eastern Suburbs 68.8%65.6%79.8%
Sydney-Baulkham Hills & Hawkesbury68.2%71.4%79.8%
Mid North Coast 67.1%70.5%79.3%
Coffs Harbour-Grafton 64.9%71.5%78.1%
Southern Highlands & Shoalhaven 66.5%67.6%78.1%
Sydney-Outer West & Blue Mountains65.7%62.5%75.8%
Richmond-Tweed 55.4%60.3%75.3%
Capital Region 70.5%68.8%72.5%
Victoria 76.0% 78.5% 80.5%
North West 82.5%79.9%87.8%
Warrnambool & South West 87.6%86.6%85.4%
Melbourne-Inner East 80.4%86.6%84.0%#
Geelong 74.8%79.7%83.7%#
Melbourne-Inner 77.4%80.7%83.0%
Shepparton 81.3%84.6%82.7%
Latrobe-Gippsland 79.7%82.8%82.2%
Melbourne-Inner South 80.2%80.5%82.1%
Hume 72.5%#NP81.9%#
Melbourne-Outer East 73.7%78.3%81.2%
Mornington Peninsula 77.4%77.6%80.8%
Melbourne-North East 79.0%79.0%80.2%
Melbourne-West 74.4%74.4%80.1%
Bendigo 71.4%74.9%79.9%
Ballarat 72.3%82.1%79.2%
Melbourne-North West 73.6%76.8%75.9%
Melbourne-South East 69.8%72.2%74.6%#
Queensland 71.6% 74.2% 76.7%
Mackay 82.4%88.8%91.4%#
Darling Downs-Maranoa78.3%82.2%85.9%
Brisbane-North 74.5%81.2%85.9%
Brisbane-East 73.9%78.0%82.4%
Brisbane-South 76.9%76.5%82.1%
Brisbane Inner City 75.1%77.6%79.3%
Brisbane-West 78.5%78.8%79.0%
Townsville 74.2%74.4%78.9%
Moreton Bay-South 80.0%79.7%76.8%#
Cairns 72.2%72.7%75.8%
Wide Bay 73.1%75.0%75.5%
Fitzroy 72.4%72.3%75.2%
Moreton Bay-North 69.2%72.3%75.2%
Logan-Beaudesert 67.5%70.1%75.0%
Sunshine Coast 65.9%71.5%73.3%
Ipswich 70.1%72.8%73.0%#
Gold Coast 62.4%67.7%70.1%
Toowoomba 68.3%#61.3%66.4%
Queensland-Outback 65.5%#NPNP
South Australia 72.6% 73.4% 73.8%
Adelaide-Central & Hills76.1%78.7%#80.2%
Adelaide-West 72.9%77.3%76.8%
Adelaide-North 73.3%76.2%75.1%
Adelaide-South 78.8%72.6%74.1%
South Australia-South East66.7%69.2%68.6%
South Australia-Outback 56.8%61.4%66.6%
Barossa-Yorke-Mid North 64.6%62.6%62.5%
Western Australia 73.6% 77.8% 75.7%
Bunbury 76.2%78.5%82.2%
Perth-South West 75.6%81.9%81.8%
Western Australia-Wheat Belt84.5%#85.8%#81.6%#
Perth-South East 72.9%#79.4%#79.1%
Perth-Inner 69.2%#77.5%#76.2%#
Western Australia-Outback 71.9%80.5%#72.8%#
Perth-North East 68.9%74.1%69.9%
Mandurah 72.4%#64.3%#69.7%
Perth-North West 72.9%#74.4%69.2%
Tasmania 62.5% 66.8% 67.2%
Launceston & North East66.2%74.4%73.9%
West & North West 58.1%67.1%66.4%
Hobart 64.4%63.6%64.7%
South East 52.1%#55.6%58.5%#
Northern Territory 77.7% 72.7% 76.4%
Darwin 79.6%78.2%77.9%
Northern Territory-Outback75.4%#66.3%#74.3%#
Australian Capital Territory 74.7% 70.2% 77.6%
Australian Capital Territory74.7%70.2%77.6%

# Interpret with caution as the area’s target population had a change of 5 to <10% over the two years prior to reporting.

NP Not available for publication as the area’s target population was less than 200 and/or had a change of ≥10% over the two years prior to reporting.

Notes: These data include girls aged 15 who had received three doses of HPV vaccine by 30 June 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. Only vaccinations reported to the National HPV Vaccination Program Register (HPV Register) are included. Girls whose courses are considered to be incomplete according to the Chief Medical Officer guidelines3 and girls 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.

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, http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/cmo-full-advice-hpv-cnt/$File/CMO-full-advice-hpv.pdfExternal link, opens in a new window..

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