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NCIRS is working closely with the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on a newly established program - Australian Expert Technical Assistance Program for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access: Policy, Planning and Implementation (AETAP-PPI) as part of the Centre’s Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative (VAHSI).
This partnership allows countries in South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific to access technical advice from Australian immunisation experts to support planning, implementation and monitoring of COVID-19 vaccination rollout programs.
Countries can request different levels and types of technical assistance, depending on their need. Requests may be of any nature - from simple queries to longer term commitments like training packages or technical twinning arrangements.
NCIRS also hosts the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA), a consortium of experts in immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases that includes several Australian universities and research institutes with experience in communicable disease in the Indo-Pacific. NCIRS operates the secretariat for ARIA.
ARIA membership includes representation from these academic institutions across Australia, including the University of Sydney, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, the Burnet Institute, the Menzies School of Health Research of Curtin University, the Australian National University, Telethon Kids Institute and the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales.
NCIRS and ARIA members work with a range of partners in the Indo-Pacific to strengthen immunisation programs, providing independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases, and other issues related to immunisation, to inform policy and planning for immunisation services.
Working in partnership with government and regional bodies, ARIA members can provide direct (in country) or remote support, advice and training related to:
Remote training session provided for Timor-Leste clinicians by Australian experts, including haematologists, and experts on thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).
This training covered:
Cold chain and vaccine program planning
Partner governments and regional bodies (such as WHO, UNICEF) can request technical assistance either through DFAT Post, directly through NCIRS (where there is already an established relationship) or through the Centre for Health Security, DFAT. For more information, please contact the Global Health team at NCIRS.