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 multiple concurrent ATAGI 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 establishes working parties to examine specific vaccine preventable diseases in depth, and to review and interpret the best available scientific evidence on the use of vaccines, especially new vaccines. Examples include working parties on hepatitis B, human papilloma virus disease, influenza, meningococcal disease, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, rabies, and varicella-zoster. 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: