PAEDS is a network of clinicians and public health researchers in seven 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, Queensland and the Northern Territory. 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, acute childhood encephalitis, influenza, invasive group A streptococcus, invasive meningococcal disease and Kawasaki disease.
This is the second annual report of the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network and summarises data collected in 2015. PAEDS historical data for 2007–2014, including impacts and outcomes, were reported in the PAEDS 2014 inaugural report.