Research

NCIRS research into vaccine preventable diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people disease includes surveillance, program evaluation and projects in areas such as vaccine relevance and service delivery.

Our research projects can be generated by federal government programs and policies, state and territory initiatives, or consultation with health professionals working within the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and its affiliates.

We also work in collaboration with other centres such as the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Menzies School of Health Research, and state and territory departments of health.

Program evaluations

  • Evaluation of the National Indigenous Pneumococcal and Influenza Immunisation (NIPII) Program – completed in 2004
  • Evaluation of the hepatitis A vaccination program added to the National Immunisation Program in 2005 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia (conducted for the Australian Government Department of Health, 2012–2014) [Final report]
  • Evaluation of the New South Wales Aboriginal Immunisation Healthcare Worker Program – Stage 1 – completed in 2015 [Final report]
  • Evaluation of the New South Wales Aboriginal Immunisation Healthcare Worker Program – Stage 2 – completed in 2017 [Final report]
  • Evaluation of the National Influenza Immunisation Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children aged 6 months to <5 years – in progress

Collaborating projects

  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Health – Immunisation in Under Studied and Special Risk Populations. NCIRS is a partner organisation in this CRE site. One of the research focus areas for the CRE is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccination needs
  • Developing modules for adult and adolescent immunisation on PenCAT – pilot study at Queensland Aboriginal and Islander health Council (NACCHO)
  • Linkage of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) and state-based registers to evaluate and inform Australia's immunisation program
  • Evaluation of an app designed to encourage on time immunisation of infants and young children

 

Last updated 29 September 2017