AEFI-CAN is a formal collaboration among immunisation specialist services across Australia. It includes representatives from the Department of Health (Office of Health Protection and the Therapeutic Goods Administration) and most jurisdictional health departments. It is coordinated by Victoria’s state-based surveillance body SAEFVIC (at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) in collaboration with National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.

As a national network, AEFI-CAN works collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop a consistent and robust national approach to serious and/or severe adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). This involves creating standardised clinical protocols and facilitating uniform AEFI clinical follow-up through a national AEFI-CAN clinical database.

AEFI-CAN holds regular teleconferences with members, which provides a platform for a diverse group of vaccine safety clinical experts and policy makers to discuss a range of clinically relevant issues, and has helped strengthen collaborative working relationships among members.

Last updated April 2019