The National Influenza Surveillance Committee (NISC) has an ongoing role to:
- develop and maintain effective, responsive and scalable national influenza surveillance systems
- promote consistency in influenza surveillance across jurisdictions and systems
- characterise the severity and burden of seasonal influenza epidemics and pandemics
- develop and maintain a system to understand early clinical, epidemiological, transmission and virological parameters in an influenza pandemic.
The NISC includes representatives from:
- Australian Government Department of Health
- state and territory health departments
- New Zealand Government Ministry of Health
- Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN)
- World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (WHO CC)
- National Influenza Centres
- Australian Sentinel Practice Research Network (ASPREN)
- Public Health Rapid, Emergency, Disease and Syndromic Surveillance (PHREDSS)
- Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN)
- Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network
- healthdirect Australia
The NISC meets regularly throughout the year, and hosts extra meetings during the influenza season.
Related committees and groups
The NISC is a subcommittee of, and reports to the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).