Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill

  • defeated on 25 July 2018

Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill

Member’s Bill


Explanatory note

General policy statement

This Bill seeks to improve health and social results for infants and children by requiring that newborns are enrolled with a general practice and primary health organisation before the newborn is due for his or her first immunisation at 6 weeks of age. Higher rates of newborn enrolment with a general practice are linked with improved immunisation rates and earlier detection of health and social issues.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 provides that the Bill comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Clause 3 provides definitions of terms used in the Bill.

Clause 4 sets out how a pre-enrolment request is made.

Clause 5 states the actions required when a general practice receives a pre-enrolment request.

Clause 6 describes the process to follow if a nominated general practice is at full patient capacity, or there is another good reason why enrolment cannot be completed, when it receives a pre-enrolment request.

Clause 7 provides for a newborn who is not eligible for enrolment to continue to receive fully funded immunisations if desired, because children are eligible for these irrespective of their eligibility for enrolment.