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Table 2 Midwife response to attitude items in questionnaire

From: The knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of midwives on the vaccination coverage rates in Perth’s Aboriginal children

Statement n Response Frequency %
Some vaccines on the WA Childhood Immunisation Schedule are not very effective. 56 Agree 6 10.7
Uncertain 22 39.3
Disagree 28 50.0
Aboriginal children are at greater risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease than non-Aboriginal children. 56 Agree 45 80.3
Uncertain 9 16.1
Disagree 2 3.6
A delay in receiving scheduled childhood vaccinations is not a health risk as long as the child eventually gets them. 56 Agree 8 14.3
Uncertain 9 16.1
Disagree 39 69.6
Administering all scheduled vaccinations on the same day are more likely to result in a greater number of side-effects than if given on separate occasions. 56 Agree 13 23.2
Uncertain 25 44.6
Disagree 18 32.2
I feel that Aboriginal parents are hesitant about having their children vaccinated. 54 Agree 7 13
Uncertain 22 40.7
Disagree 25 46.3
I feel that Aboriginal parents are hesitant about specific vaccines 53 Agree 2 3.8
Disagree 51 96.2
We are given clear direction from the WA Department of Health as to how we could improve the vaccination rates in Perth’s Aboriginal children 56 Agree 11 19.6
Uncertain 17 30.4
Disagree 28 50.0
By administering all scheduled vaccinations on-time some serious illnesses can be prevented. 57 Agree 56 98.2
Uncertain 0 0
Disagree 1 1.8
Vaccinations are a vital component of disease prevention in the community. 56 Agree 53 94.6
Uncertain 2 3.6
Disagree 1 1.8
Vaccinations may help to prevent children from developing some types of chronic disease. 56 Agree 52 92.9
Uncertain 3 5.3
Disagree 1 1.8
Vaccines are a safe way of protecting the health of Aboriginal children. 54 Agree 51 94.4
Uncertain 3 5.6
Disagree 0 0
Having a greater selection of culturally appropriate promotional material available to distribute to parents at discharge would support my role. 56 Agree 46 82.1
Uncertain 7 12.5
Disagree 3 5.4
Do you feel there was adequate content on the immunisation needs of Aboriginal children in the degree that enabled you to clinically practice? 48 Agree 14 29.2
Disagree 34 70.8
It is important to discuss childhood Vaccinations with new parents prior to discharge. 55 Agree 55 100
Uncertain 0 0
Disagree 0 0
I discuss information on childhood vaccines with parents prior to discharge. 51 Agree 34 66.7
Uncertain 6 11.8
Disagree 11 21.5