Research and surveillance activities include surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, vaccination coverage and adverse events, program evaluations and social research. NCIRS also provides technical support for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, including production of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.
The Centre also conducts an extensive program of clinical trials funded by diverse sources.
Associate Professor Macartney is one of three winners of a Sax Institute Research Action Award for 2016. The Sax Institute established the Research Action Awards in 2015 to recognise researchers whose work has made a real-world difference to people’s health and wellbeing. The three award winners were chosen by a panel of national and international experts.
The Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Honourable Sussan Ley, announced a major expansion of the AusVaxSafety system in Canberra today, alongside the launch of the new National Shingles Vaccination Program. AusVaxSafety, a collaborative initiative led by NCIRS and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, actively monitors the safety of vaccines using SMS-feedback from recently vaccinated children and adults.