The Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network is a hospital-based active surveillance system employing prospective case ascertainment for selected serious childhood diseases of public health importance and adverse events following immunisation to inform health. PAEDS conducts clinical and public health research which enables rapid public health responses.

PAEDS data are used to better understand these conditions; inform policy and practice under the National Immunisation Program; and enable rapid public health responses for certain conditions of public health importance. PAEDS enhances data available from other Australian surveillance systems by providing prospective, detailed clinical and laboratory information on children with selected conditions. 

PAEDS aims to:

  • actively collect detailed information, which is not available from other surveillance systems, about children hospitalised with vaccine preventable diseases and potential adverse events following vaccination
  • inform vaccination policy and practice, including vaccine safety
  • improve child health outcomes.
Last updated October 2019