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Attention Parents:  As you may be aware, there has recently been a measles outbreak in the Brunswick area of Melbourne.

Schools will be seeking your co-operation in ensuring they have a record of your child's immunisation status on file. This will ensure the school can respond quickly should a member of the school community contract a vaccine-preventable disease.  In the event of a disease outbreak, immunisation status certificates help schools quickly identify the immunisation status of each child and implement the advice received from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services, which may include sending your child home until the risk of infection has passed.

All primary schools are required to request an immunisation status certificate for each child prior to enrolment and to keep a copy of this certificate on record.  Even if your child has not received any vaccinations, it is still expected that parents / carers / guardians provide a certificate.

Students may be excluded from attending school for up to 14 days if there is an outbreak in the school community and the school does not have evidence showing your child has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine.

Secondary School students are not required to provide immunisation certificates to their school, however, please be aware of signs and symptoms.  (Refer Paragraph 11 in this posting.)

Children who are not immunised against measles can be immunised through their usual vaccine provider such as their general practitioner (GP) or the local council immunisation service.  From January 1, 2016 all states and territories can provide free catch-up vaccines - including the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine - for all children up to and including 19 years of age.

Further information can be found as follows:

Department of Education (DET)
VicHealth FAQs



'Parenting Today in Victoria' is a population level, representative, cross-sectional survey of Victorian parents of children aged 0-18 years.  

The survey will collect information on parenting experiences with a focus on parenting attitudes, behaviours and concerns. The survey, which has been developed by the Parenting Research Centre, has been developed so that it can be repeated at regular intervals.  

The survey will be conducted from February to April 2016 using computer assisted telphone interviewing (CATI) with a sample of 2,600 parents.  

The data survey results will be available to the Department of Education in June 2016.  The findings of the survey will provide the Department with baseline data; assist in the development of policy and service delivery; and inform family engagement strategies.

Parents Victoria would encourage parents to "take the call" and provide feedback if contacted.

Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, was a panel member for DET's Seminar # 4 - speaking on Community Engagement in Learning.

Other Seminars which might be of interest are:

Seminar #1 - Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Seminar #2 - Positive Climate for Learning

Seminar # 3 - Professional Leadership



ACSSO's President in his welcome back to the 2016 school year media release says

"we need to recognise the compelling evidence produced over the last forty years identifies parental engagement as the 'missing link' in supporting greater student achievement."


Proudly in our 90th year of service to the Victorian Government School community

Congratulations to all those who volunteer at Victorian Government schools!



Parents Victoria's Executive Officer commented "it was great to see a further cost reduction for families getting their children to school".  Herald Sun December 17, 2015


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