Preventing hepatitis B starts at birth – best practices and needs

This work addressed the need to collate global evidence on birth-dose vaccination for hepatitis B, and comprised a comprehensive literature review, including grey literature, analysis and documentation of best practice examples, and identification of key informants for a WHO consultation.

Burnet worked with WHO to host a global best practices consultation in Melbourne in December 2010, with 30 participants representing 20 countries. This consultation produced the Melbourne Statement, calling on governments and development agencies to scale-up birthdose vaccination.

In 2015 this work contributed to a global guidance document on birth dose vaccination published by WHO. This systematic literature review is being updated in 2016 to capture recent evidence and inform hepatitis B control strategies.


Morgan C, Cowie B, Mannava P. 2012. Why Australia needs to support its neighbours to stop hep B. The Conversation. 28 July.


2010 - 2012


The technical report was published by the World Health Organization as Practices to improve coverage of the hepatitis B birthdose vaccine. (WHO/IVB/12.11).

Work continues to support uptake of this evidence by national immunisation program managers.


  • Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (Dr Ben Cowie and Ms Kylie Carville).
  • World Health Organization, Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals and the Global Hepatitis Program.
  • Compass: the Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Hub

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Chris Morgan

Head of International Development Discipline