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 is a network of clinicians and public health researchers in six 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, febrile seizures and acute childhood encephalitis.