The Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) group is a hospital based surveillance system investigating vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and potential serious adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). PAEDS aims to provide timely, high quality surveillance to inform health policy and ultimately to improve child health.

PAEDS consists of a network of clinicians and public health researchers in five tertiary paediatric hospitals across Australia:

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria
  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

The PAEDS group is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Departments of Health. It provides timely, detailed clinical data with simultaneous collection of biological specimens. The current conditions under surveillance by the PAEDS group are:

  1. Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), a condition causing paralysis and loss of tone in one or more limbs, which can be caused by the polio virus
  2. Severe varicella (chicken pox) requiring hospitalization.
  3. Intussusception, a rare type of bowel obstruction seen in infants.
  4. Febrile convulsions (seizure)
  5. Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Contact information

For more information about the PAEDS group in Melbourne, please contact our study team on:

(03) 9345 5066 or 1300 882 924 (option 1)


Associate Professor Jim Buttery

Dr Nigel Crawford


Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne)
Date: July 2014

Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.