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

Page last updated: 28 November 2021

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).

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 sections of the NCIRS website contain information on NSWISS (a specialist immunisation clinic and advice line), analysis and reporting of adverse events surveillance data in Australia, information on “types of adverse events following immunisation, AusVaxSafety (active surveillance for adverse events following immunisation) and research studies being conducted by NCIRS and the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network 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 activities is provided by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

Additional funding for specific activities is obtained from other 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 is affiliated with The University of Sydney Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School and School of Public Health.

Our stakeholders include our research partners, advisory committees and the broader community of immunisation providers.

NCIRS does not accept any funding from pharmaceutical companies or other for-profit industry sources.

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 divisions of NCIRS. Content is reviewed and approved by senior technical 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.