Immunisation coverage papers, surveys and reports

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Page last updated: 27 October 2017


Newspoll omnibus survey, influenza vaccination

The Newspoll Omnibus is a weekly multi-client telephone survey of 1,200 Australian adults. In June 2014, the Department of Health commissioned a Newspoll Survey on adults receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine. The Newspoll Omnibus Survey, Summary Report can be accessed below.

National Health Performance Authority (NHPA)

The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA), an independent agency that began operations in 2012, provides nationally consistent, locally relevant and comparable information about health care services in Australia. NHPA Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children, shows the percentages of children who are fully immunised at one year, two years and five years of age, and how these rates compare between local areas across Australia.

The following reports can be accessed at My Healthy Communities.

  • NHPA Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children 2011-12 Report
  • NHPA Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children 2012-13 Report

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) plays a prominent role in the analysis and reporting of data from the AIR, and the use of these data for research, surveillance and evaluation. AIR data also contributes to a range of other activities undertaken at the NCIRS, including program evaluation and disease modelling.

Immunisation coverage reports published by NCIRS can be accessed at NCIRS Immunisation coverage reports.

The National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS)

The National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) was established in 1990 and coordinates the national surveillance of more than 50 communicable diseases. Computerised, de-identified unit records of notifications are supplied to the Department of Health for collation analysis and publication.

Information on the NNDSS and communicable disease surveillance reporting can be accessed at National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) journal

The Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) journal is a quarterly publication which provides information on the epidemiology of communicable diseases in Australia, including surveillance, adverse event reporting, prevention and control.

The adverse events following immunisation surveillance aims to monitor vaccine and immunisation program safety. Ongoing surveillance of adverse events following immunisation, and regular analysis and reporting of these data, are integral to the management of immunisation programs. An 'adverse event following immunisation' is defined as any serious or unexpected adverse event that occurs after a vaccination has been given which may be related to the vaccine itself or to its handling or administration. An AEFI can be coincidentally associated with the timing of immunisation without necessarily being caused by the vaccine or the immunisation process. Adverse event surveillance reports are published annually and can be accessed at the Department of Health website.

Adult Vaccination Survey

Population surveys have been undertaken to estimate vaccination coverage in the adult population in Australia.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) conducted a survey of Australians aged 18 years or older, during November and December 2009. Participants in the survey were asked about their recent experience of influenza and pneumococcal vaccination, and about their medical and socio-demographic status. Due to the epidemic of pandemic (H1N1) influenza (commonly known as ‘swine flu’), and subsequent support for vaccination of people against this epidemic from September 2009, this survey included questions on vaccination status of H1N1 influenza. The survey also included questions on pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination for adults.

The Public Health Information Development Unit

The Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) is committed to improving population health outcomes by providing data that helps governments and researcher to monitor and introduce programs to increase the equality of health and wellbeing across Australia.

The PHIDU offers free online access to a comprehensive range of data broken down to national, jurisdictional, regional and small area levels across Australia. Socioeconomic and geographical variations in health are highlighted in interactive atlases and graphs, and supported by data tables and metadata. Where available, data are analysed by age, sex and Indigenous status.

PHIDU invites you to explore the data and use it freely in your research, study, planning, teaching, policy-making, communications and conversation.

Please note that PHIDU data can only be used for non-commercial purposes and are provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia licence.