National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Immunisation Network (NATSIIN)

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Immunisation Network was established by NCIRS in 2006 to coordinate support for those involved in providing immunisation services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally. The Network is administered by the National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator from NCIRS.

The role of NATSIIN is to:

  • provide advice to the National Immunisation Committee (NIC) on matters related to the immunisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally
  • promote communication and coordination between the NIC, service providers to Indigenous people and immunisation program managers
  • produce a quarterly Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander immunisation newsletter, Message stick, to enhance communication with the Indigenous immunisation workforce

NATSIIN members come from almost all jurisdictions and service levels. NATSIIN includes representatives from:

  • Commonwealth, state and territory governments
  • Primary Health Networks
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
  • Aboriginal Health Workers

Issues considered by NATSIIN have included:

  • Accreditation of Aboriginal Health Workers to provide vaccinations
  • Issues around influenza vaccination of Indigenous children and implementation of influenza vaccination of Indigenous adults
  • HPV vaccination
  • The most efficient ways to administer the second doses of influenza and hepatitis A vaccines
  • Release of the Indigenous status of overdue children during ACIR reporting
  • Development of guidelines to facilitate collaboration between service providers to ensure culturally safe follow-up of overdue Aboriginal children
  • Strategies to improve coverage and timeliness for Indigenous vaccination
  • Identify barriers that effect Indigenous immunisation

 

Last updated September 2015