Australian Immunisation Handbook

Since the Centre's inception, NCIRS staff members have provided input into The Australian Immunisation Handbook, Australia's national clinical guideline for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines.

Since 2005, NCIRS has played a major role in this area and has provided substantial input into production of the 9th and 10th editions of the Handbook. NCIRS works closely with members of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to develop and update the Handbook.

A team of NCIRS staff are involved in all aspects of Handbook development, including literature searches, critical appraisal of literature, full systematic reviews, technical writing, proofreading, editing and overall project coordination.

The team is led by Associate Professor Kristine Macartney (Deputy Director Government Programs) and Dr Melina Georgousakis (Research Fellow), and includes a number of NCIRS staff as technical writers, Ms Catherine King (Information Manager) and Ms Donna Armstrong (Editing and Publications Officer).

The 10th edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook was published by the Australian Government Department of Health in March 2013.

The electronic version of the 10th edition Handbook and updates made since its publication are available on the Immunise Australia website.

NCIRS has produced a number of resources for health professionals to accompany the 10th edition of the The Australian Immunisation Handbook:

  • a set of individual PDFs of all tables, selected figures and cover information sheets from the Handbook
  • a presentation slide set summarising what’s new in the 10th edition of the Handbook and a set of videos of the presentation