Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) was initiated in 2007 and is coordinated by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU). PAEDS conducts active, hospital-based surveillance of serious childhood conditions, particularly vaccine-preventable diseases and adverse events following immunisation.

PAEDS aims:

  • to actively collect detailed information that isn’t available from other surveillance systems, about children hospitalised with vaccine-preventable diseases and potential adverse events following vaccination
  • to inform vaccination policy and practice, including vaccine safety
  • to improve child health outcomes.


PAEDS is a network of clinicians and public health researchers in five Australian tertiary paediatric hospitals which also works with several associate investigators, collaborators and contributors.  PAEDS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health with contributions from the state health departments of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. Funding from NHMRC grants also supplements certain surveillance activities. PAEDS is also under the oversight of the PAEDS Reference Group, composed of representatives from all participating Departments of Health and independent expert groups.

The conditions included in PAEDS are acute flaccid paralysis, intussusception, varicella and herpes zoster, pertussis, febrile seizures and acute childhood encephalitis.




September Newsletter

Stay up to date with news on the surveillance of paediatric conditions related to vaccine preventable diseases, staff announcements, new publications and much more with our newsletters. The September 2015 newsletter features exciting new announcements and updates on how the new conditions under surveillance are going.



Latest News

In 2015 PAEDS submitted its first annual report for the Communicable Disease Intelligence Journal.

A new study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection has provided data and analysis demonstrating that PAEDS is an “efficient, sensitive and accurate surveillance mechanism for detecting cases of childhood encephalitis—including those associated with emerging infectious diseases”. Read the article here.