Tue, 01/21/2020 | News

New NCIRS report - Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) released two reports focussed on Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander immunisation in 2019.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Australia, 2011–2015 published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) is a comprehensive report of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This report is accompanied by a summary report for community - the Vaccination for our Mob report

The Vaccination for our Mob report highlights each disease in Australia that can be prevented by a vaccine available on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), describing how the disease is spread, signs and symptoms, who is most affected, how common the disease is and what proportion of people are vaccinated for the disease. It also includes how many cases of the disease are reported and how many people are hospitalised or die due to the disease.

These reports provide the most up-to-date data and comprehensive summary available at this time. Work has commenced on compiling and analysing data from the multiple sources required for the next reports to be released in approximately 2021.

Both reports highlight the positive impacts that immunisation programs have had on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as some continuing challenges.

Webinar - Working together to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander immunisation

The NCIRS webinar 'Working together to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander immunisation' was held in December 2019. NCIRS National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator Katrina Clark and Hunter New England Health Immunisation Coordinator Patrick Cashman shared their insights at this seminar.