National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS)

Page last updated: 22 January 2019

Description of the website

The website of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance is a member of the WHO-led project Vaccine Safety Net (VSN).

NCIRS is a research organisation that provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases and social and other issues related to immunisation to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia. Information on the NCIRS website is primarily intended for use by immunisation providers and academics in the field of vaccine preventable diseases and immunisation. It may also be of interest to other members of the community seeking information in this area.

The vaccine safety section of the NCIRS website contains information on NSWISS (a specialist immunisation clinic and advice line), analysis and reporting of adverse events surveillance data in Australia, AusVaxSafety (active surveillance for adverse events following immunisation), and research studies being conducted by NCIRS into vaccine adverse events. Other resources include fact sheets on vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine safety, an MMR decision aid for parents and a comprehensive list of publications produced by the Centre. The website also provides a description of the research groups within NCIRS.

Website’s sponsorship policy

Core funding for NCIRS research activities is provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and the NSW Ministry of Health. The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and the University of Sydney provide infrastructure support.

Additional funding for specific activities is occasionally obtained from various funding bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). These bodies have no input into NCIRS publications or to our editorial policies. NCIRS does not accept any funding from pharmaceutical companies or other for-profit industry sources. NCIRS has a policy governing the interactions of staff members with the pharmaceutical industry.

Website’s content or editorial policy

Information on the NCIRS website is independently developed, published, managed and updated on a regular basis by staff from the relevant research group within NCIRS. Content is reviewed and approved by senior staff members. Core funders have the right of review of NCIRS publications, when applicable; however, NCIRS maintains editorial control over all web content, publications and print materials.