Indigenous research

Indigeous Art 2

NCIRS conducts a variety of research related to vaccination and vaccine preventable diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including:

We are particularly interested in informing policy and practice related to immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases in Indigenous* Australians.

Our research and surveillance activities contribute to policy through reports to government and participation on national and state-based immunisation committees.

We also communicate to service providers about the successes and barriers to immunisation service delivery for Indigenous Australians through a range of publications and conference presentations.

NCIRS seeks to promote the potential benefits to Aboriginal health of expanding the appropriate use of new and existing vaccines and improving vaccination coverage and timeliness.

Research group
National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator
Brendon Kelaher 

Aboriginal Health Researcher
Telphia-Leanne Joseph 

* ‘Indigenous’ is used on these pages to incorporate all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The artwork on this page was painted by Mr Maurice Shipp, a Wiradjuri man from Dubbo who grew up between Canberra and Sydney. Maurice has worked in both the government and community controlled sectors of Aboriginal health for over 20 years. The background is representative of the land (ochre), which symbolises connectedness for Aboriginal people. The black lines represent the people. The white circles represent healthy cells. The coloured dots represent the vaccines that work towards protecting cells from diseases and illness.