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eLearning: Recommended communication approach

How you discuss vaccination in antenatal settings is just as important as what you say. In this module, we will introduce you to the six key steps in our recommended communication approach.


The development of this content was led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute for the MumBubVax website (now archived). Please note these video modules include logos and visuals that relate to the original website. Updated video modules will be developed in the future. 

Last updated on 9 June 2023.


Resource type: eLearning
Resource Format: Video module and quiz
SKAI Topic: Pregnancy & Newborn
eLearning module

This eLearning module was originally designed primarily for use in general practice but the information and tips featured are applicable to various healthcare settings.


Once you’ve watched the module, access a printable quiz to test your knowledge about the recommended communication approach


Pregnant women look to health professionals for guidance about their vaccination decisions. Vaccine discussions in pregnancy can have a long-lasting positive influence, increasing not only maternal vaccine uptake but also parents’ acceptance of vaccines for their children.

Most women in Australia accept vaccination during pregnancy. Some women will have questions or concerns. Your confidence when you speak about vaccination will make a difference. How you discuss vaccination in antenatal settings is as important as what you say.

The recommended communication approach has six key steps:

  1. recommend vaccination as the routine standard of care
  2. elicit questions or concerns to saturation
  3. share your knowledge about safety and effectiveness of vaccines, or on other concerns
  4. discuss disease severity
  5. facilitate vaccination – on site if possible or refer to other locations
  6. introduce childhood vaccines OR continue the conversation if she chooses not to vaccinate.