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The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition

Mar 2013 - News

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition is available now at Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website.

National Immunisation Program Implementation Seminar - held on 7 & 8 March 2013

Mar 2013 - Events

This one and a half day seminar brought together a range of key stakeholders involved in the development, management, delivery and evaluation of immunisation programs in Australia. Content included discussion around key implementation challenges and potential solutions with an aim to identifying priorities to enhance future immunisation program implementation in Australia.

The program featured invited speaker, Nikki Turner, from the New Zealand Immunisation Advisory Centre. Also featured were representatives from each state/territory immunisation program, Medicare Locals, immunisation providers including general practitioners and nurses, Aboriginal Community Controlled and remote health sectors.

Click here for a PDF version of the Immunisation Program Implementation Seminar booklet.

Click here to view presentations and panel discussions from the 2-day seminar.

2011 report on adverse events following immunisation in Australia

Jan 2013 - News

Published in the December 2012 issue of Communicable Diseases Intelligence this report summarises Australian surveillance data for adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for 2011.

The adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) report for 2011 summarises Australian passive surveillance data for adverse events reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for 2011, and describes reporting trends over the 12-year period 2000 to 2011. There were 2,327 AEFI records for vaccines administered in 2011, a decrease of 40% from 3,894 in 2010. The decrease in 2011 was attributable to a drop in the reports following seasonal influenza (2,354 to 483) and pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza vaccines (514 to 2). The most commonly reported reactions were ISR, fever, allergic reactions and malaise. Only 7% of all the reported adverse events were categorised as serious.

The monitoring of adverse events following immunisation by the TGA allows surveillance of the safety of vaccines used in Australia. Reports of suspected AEFI are notified to TGA by state and territory health departments, health professionals, vaccine manufacturers and members of the public. All the reports are reviewed by TGA and collated in a central database. NCIRS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to analyse de-identified data and produce AEFI surveillance reports.

The complete 2011 report can be found online at: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website. The report is prepared by the Surveillance team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.

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Ethical Issues In Immunisation Seminar - held on 26 March 2012

Mar 2012 - Events

The Ethical Issues in Immunisation Seminar was held on March 26th, at The Darlington Centre, University of Sydney.

This 1-day seminar addressed the major ethical issues facing immunisation programs in Australia today:

* What level of vaccine risk is acceptable and who should decide?
* Is it unethical not to have a no-fault compensation scheme for serious adverse events attributed to vaccination?
* How far can we go in getting people to be vaccinated?
* Is the current system for funding vaccines sufficient?
* How can vaccine programs incorporate public values?

Speakers included Marie Bismark, Stacy Carter, Andrea Forde, Claire Hooker, David Isaacs, Heath Kelly, Ian Kerridge, Julie Leask, Kristine Macartney, Roger Magnusson, Helen Marshall, Peter Massey, Terry Nolan, Glenn Salkeld, Cameron Stewart.

PDFs of presentations given on the day are available via the links below. Please note files are large and may take a couple of minutes to download.

No-fault compensation for vaccine related injuries - the NZ experience - by Marie Bismark
How far can government go in promoting vaccination? - by Robert Hall
No fault compensation for adverse events attributed to vaccination - by Heath Kelly
A little bit more ethics on power and persuasion in immunisation - by Ian Kerridge
What is an acceptable risk and who decides? - by Roger Magnusson
Funding population immunisation in Australia - by Terry Nolan
An economic perspective on the selection and reimbursement of vaccines in Australia - by Glenn Salkeld
Legal arguments in favour of a vaccination compensation scheme - by Cameron Stewart

Click here for a PDF version of the Ethical Issues in Immunisation Seminar program

HPV vaccination study

Jan 2012 - News

If you have a son or daughter aged 11-13, then we are interested in what you and your child have to say about HPV vaccination.

It does not matter if your child has had the HPV vaccine. We would like to ask you both questions about HPV and the HPV vaccine. Interviews of you and your child will take around one hour to complete, and we will use this information to develop a decision-making tool for young people and their parents to use together, to help them make a decision about HPV vaccination. You will be reimbursed for travel.

If you or anyone you know is interested in this study, please Click here or contact Robyn Cree at

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Workshop: Progress toward control of meningococcal disease - held on 15 November 2011

Nov 2011 - Events

Held on 15 November 2011 in Melbourne, this scientific workshop brought together national and international experts to share the latest information on the biology, epidemiology, prevention and complications of meningococcal disease.

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