The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS) was established at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, now known as The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in August 1997.
NCIRS has partnerships with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, NSW Department of Health and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Core funding for the Centre is provided through these partnerships.
The Centre’s primary function is to perform research aimed at reducing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and improving vaccine uptake, in children and adults.
NCIRS provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases and social and other issues related to immunisation. The Centre also has a strong role in providing postgraduate training and supervision.
Our research and surveillance activities cover the broad areas of:
Other activities involve evidence based support for the development of immunisation policy in Australia, and support for the development and updating of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.NCIRS also contributes to immunisation and surveillance policy and planning through its representatives on, and reports for, a range of policy and planning groups including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, the National Immunisation Committee and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia.