Yax4Youth: Young people’s decision-making and consent for vaccination in primary care

  30 June 2023  Ann-Maree Duncan, University of Melbourne   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

An important issue that arose during COVID was young people 12 to 17 years seeking vaccination without their parents’ consent.

This research study seeks to explore the scope and nature of encounters with young people aged 12-17 years seeking COVID-19 vaccination without parental consent in General Practice, to better direct and inform future clinical guidance and policy formation. The research is being conducted by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in partnership with, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Catholic University.

Supporting young people to make decisions for their own healthcare and understanding when they have the maturity to do so is an issue faced by healthcare providers. They may want to be vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID, HPV or other vaccine preventable diseases, to travel or have another reason that motivates them. But, they may not have the support of their parents which poses important issues for them, their parents and you as their doctor.

How can you help? We would be grateful if you would consider completing a short 5–10-minute anonymous online survey about your considerations and concerns if, or when, faced with a young person (aged 12-17 years) seeking COVID-19 vaccination without parent or guardian consent. The study has been reviewed and approved by the Royal Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.

GPs who complete the survey can select to go into a draw to win an iPad or one of ten $100 gift cards.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project or would like to take part in this research project, please click this link.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by Ann-Maree Duncan, University of Melbourne . While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.