Australia’s trusted independent immunisation experts

NCIRS recognises the ever-increasing opportunities to save lives and to better health through the equitable use of vaccines both in Australia and at regional and global levels. The impact of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) on public health and the importance of immunisation are recognised in the Global Vaccine Action Plan and the upcoming Immunisation Agenda 2030 (in draft) of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Historically, NCIRS has had a range of engagement with colleagues and programs across the globe. From 2019, we are aiming to increase our reach to support strengthening of immunisation uptake via regional and global collaborations. This applies particularly to the Asia-Pacific region and is articulated in our Strategic Plan 2019–2023. Under this plan we are undertaking a number of activities, including work in the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) support and in spearheading the formation of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA).