Policy support

NCIRS Policy Support program area

The NCIRS Policy Support program area provides scientific research support and secretariat services for the development of national immunisation policy in Australia, primarily by supporting the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and its Working Parties.

ATAGI is a ministerial advisory group of the Australian Government Department of Health that provides scientific advice on immunisation to the Minister for Health, the Department of Health and various national government advisory committees. ATAGI and its working parties examine, review in depth and interpret the best available scientific evidence on specific vaccine preventable diseases and the use of vaccines, especially new vaccines. ATAGI also provides advice, through the Department of Health, regarding future needs of research on immunisation. ATAGI and NCIRS focus on the Immunise Australia Program as well as policies and practice recommendations for control of all vaccine-preventable diseases.

The NCIRS Policy Support program area provides support and services in various ways:

  • We conduct primary research activities, such as in-depth analysis of Australian epidemiological data on vaccine-preventable diseases and Australian vaccination coverage data. We also provide data and assistance in the conduct of mathematical modelling of vaccine-preventable disease strategies, in collaboration with other expert groups.
  • We undertake secondary research activities, such as reviews of published scientific literature, relevant to specific issues in prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases through immunisation.
  • We synthesise, interpret and translate the best available scientific evidence to assist in formulating and implementing national immunisation policies and programs.