RCH Symposium: Holding children for procedures

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) is holding a symposium ‘Holding children for procedures: Reflections on healthcare practice’ on Wednesday 29 November 2023.

The symposium features Prof Lucy Bray.

Learn more and register on the event page.

New NIP vaccine program: Shingrix

As of 1 November 2023, the new National Immunisation Program (NIP) Shingrix program has commenced.  

Shingrix is an inactivated vaccine used for the prevention of zoster (shingles). It has been registered for use in Australia since 2018 but until now it has only been available to purchase privately. 

Shingrix has replaces Zostavax on the NIP. Zostavax is a live zoster vaccine, which could not be administered to immunocompromised people. 

Shingrix is funded for: 

  • all people aged 65 years and over 
  • First Nations people aged 50 years and over 
  • people aged 18 years and over with certain immunocompromising conditions (history of haematopoietic stem cell transplant, solid organ transplant, blood cancer, and advanced or untreated HIV). 

MVEC: Zoster (shingles)

Immunisation Coalition: Webinar – Shingles

The Immunisation Coalition will be hosting a shingles (zoster) webinar on Wednesday 15 November 2023 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AEDT).

The webinar will feature A/Prof John Litt with Dr Andrew Minton as moderator, and will cover topics including zoster epidemiology, changes to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule and current trends in vaccination rates.

Register with the Immunisation Coalition

MVEC: Zoster (shingles)

NCIRS: Webinar – Shingrix

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is hosting a webinar on Australia’s new National Immunisation Program (NIP) shingles (zoster) vaccine, Shingrix, to be held on Tuesday 7 November 2023 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (AEDT). 

Leading experts will present on: 

  • the disease burden of shingles in Australia 
  • details about Shingrix 
  • the new Australian Shingrix vaccination program 
  • the US experience of implementing a national Shingrix program. 

Register with NCIRS

MVEC: Zoster (shingles)

The 2023 CVU – what’s next?

Thank you to everyone who attended the CVU. If you have not had a chance to complete our post-event survey, we would love to hear from you. Please let us know your thoughts and help us shape future MVEC events. 

We will be in touch soon to provide attendance certificates and directions for accessing recordings of the presentations. 

People who did not attend the event will be able to purchase a recording of the CVU soon. 

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