Reducing vaccine preventable diseases in children

08 August 2016

Congratulations to A/Prof Kristine Macartney and team on being awarded a NHMRC-funded Partnership Project for Reducing vaccine preventable diseases in children: using national active hospital-based surveillance to evaluate and improve immunisation program performance. This project is aimed at improving immunisation programs to effectively and equitably prevent illness and death due to the two most prevalent vaccine preventable diseases in Australian children: influenza and pertussis.

Morbidity from influenza and pertussis remains a significant challenge. An average of 2,700 children are hospitalised from these diseases each year. Deaths also continue to occur from influenza and pertussis, even in previously healthy children and babies. The National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance research team will be undertaking a novel and systematic examination of how factors related to effectiveness and uptake of vaccination contribute to controlling influenza and pertussis in Australian children.

This project expands upon our national partnership of major paediatric hospitals in Australia: the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS, www.paeds.edu.au) network. PAEDS is established in the major paediatric hospitals of five states (New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria), and a sixth site in Darwin will be established soon. Funding contributions from the NHMRC and each relevant State Department of Health demonstrates the importance, commitment and collaborative effort of this cutting edge research.

A/Prof Macartney is pictured at centre with Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance Prof Peter McIntyre (left) and Director of Kids Research Institute, Chris Cowell (right). To read more about this and other research project please visit the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance webpage and NCIRS website

Contacts for Media

Ms Stoy Drinic – stoyanka.drinic@health.nsw.gov.au

A/Prof Kristine Macartney – kristine.macartney@health.nsw.gov.au

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