NCIRS’s primary function is to perform research aimed at reducing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and improving vaccine uptake in Australia.
The research and surveillance activities of NCIRS cover the broad areas of :
- vaccine preventable disease burden
- immunisation coverage and the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
- adverse events associated with immunisation
- immunisation program evaluations
- social research and risk communication
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) health
- clinical trials
NCIRS also contributes to immunisation and surveillance policy and planning through:
- technical support for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation
- support for the development and updating of The Australian Immunisation Handbook
- representatives on, and reports for, a range of policy and planning groups including the National Immunisation Committee and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia
NCIRS brings together a group of experts and postgraduate students in public health, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, and laboratory and behavioural sciences.
The Centre also has a strong role in providing postgraduate training and supervision.
More information on the research conducted by NCIRS is available in our biennial reports.
About this website
The information on this website is primarily intended for use by immunisation providers and academics in the field of vaccine preventable diseases and immunisation. It may also be of interest to other members of the community seeking information in this area.
The NCIRS website is part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net. Vaccine Safety Net member websites have been evaluated by WHO and adhere to WHO criteria for content, credibility and good information practices.
Information on the NCIRS website is independently developed, published, managed and updated on a regular basis by staff from the relevant research divisions of NCIRS. Content is reviewed and approved by senior staff members.
Core funders have the right of review of NCIRS publications, when applicable; however, NCIRS maintains editorial control over all web content, publications and print materials.
We periodically review the information presented on our website and welcome any comments.