Recording Indigenous status on the Australian Immunisation Register

14 September 2020

Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a national priority. The National Immunisation Program (NIP) for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people provides additional vaccines to help improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and help close the gap in health and life expectancy.

To identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may require additional vaccines, vaccination providers can now record Indigenous status directly on the AIR and it will not be over-ridden by their status recorded by Medicare. AIR Indigenous status will not be recorded on any other government database and it does not need to be the same as Medicare.

Recording an Indigenous status on the AIR helps vaccination providers to identify and give the clinically correct vaccination schedule.

Vaccination providers should seek consent from the person at the time of a vaccination encounter before recording their Indigenous status on the AIR. There is no change to how a person’s Indigenous status is recorded on the AIR.

Up to date records help determine the impact of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in preventing vaccine-preventable diseases. In turn, vaccination coverage figures and data available for research purposes become more comprehensive and reliable over time.

See the latestNSW Immunisation Schedule, July 2020

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