The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) is a national register that records vaccinations given to people of all ages in Australia.
The AIR records vaccinations administered through general practice and community clinics, which includes vaccines funded under the National Immunisation Program and privately funded vaccinations.
The register was established in 1996 and originally recorded details of vaccinations given to children under seven years of age who live in Australia and are enrolled in Medicare. From 30 September 2016, the ACIR expanded to become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) which covers people of all ages. The AIR is administered by Services Australia.
Context in digital health
When a consumer registers for access to their Medicare information through their digital health record, Services Australia will register the consumer’s Medicare CDA [RY1] documents in the record, including details from the AIR. The Medicare CDA documents will be created by Services Australia as the sole supplier of Medicare information within the My Health Record system.
The consumer, and healthcare providers with access to the consumer’s Medicare information, will be able to retrieve the AIR CDA document through the consumer’s digital health record. Additionally, the data items in the AIR document will be loaded into My Health Record to be used as a source of data for the consumer’s Medicare overview.
There are a number of key business flows that occur within digital health in Australia, as outlined in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Australian Childhood Immunisation Register high-level overview
These flows are described below:
- A vaccination provider records the consumer’s immunisations or reasons for not being immunised in the Services Australia system.
- The system uploads the immunisation records as part of the ACIR document to the consumer’s My Health Record.
- ACIR records can be retrieved by the consumer or clinicians on My Health Record.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided the following specifications that apply to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register described above: