Coverage, Evaluation and Surveillance
NCIRS plays a leading role in immunisation program evaluation and surveillance methodology.
NCIRS also plays a leading role in reporting related to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), immunisation coverage, vaccine safety and seroepidemiology.
A range of regular national surveillance reports are produced, based on data from several national datasets. Data are obtained through collaborations with other organisations, outlined in more detail in relevant website pages in this section.
NCIRS plays a leading role in surveillance methodology (both design and analysis) through its contribution to the work of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, and all its relevant subcommittees related to VPD surveillance, and through specific NCIRS reports and publications. Relevant longstanding CDNA subcommittees include the National Surveillance Committee, Case Definitions Working Group, Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Diseases Working Group and Polio Expert Panel, while others have been convened for defined periods to advise on surveillance issues in relation to particular diseases such as varicella, rotavirus, HPV and meningococcal disease.
NCIRS has also led collaborations to develop new surveillance systems, such as the National Serosurveillance Program, Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network and AusVaxSafety.
Surveillance and immunisation coverage data also form major components of immunisation program evaluations which are carried out by NCIRS.