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Evaluation of a prison-based hepatitis B immunisation pilot project


Ms Alexandra Devine, Public Health Group, Department of Human Services, level 14, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. Fax: (03) 9096 9186; e-mail: devinea@unimelb.edu.au


This paper describes the evaluation findings of a hepatitis B immunisation pilot project, which aimed to increase the uptake and compliance of hepatitis B vaccinations among female prisoners in Victoria. The evaluation used a mixed methods approach including in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and an analysis of quantitative data. Fifty-five per cent of potential participants (391/712) were offered hepatitis B immunisation. Of those offered immunisation, 204 were eligible for immunisation and 169 (83%) received the first dose. Ninety-three per cent of eligible women received two doses and 84% completed the three-dose series. Lessons learnt from the pilot led to the revision of key prison hepatitis B immunisation policies and practices to ensure uniformity across Victorian prisons.