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National Immunisation Register team now at Midlands

Bronwen Warren

Bronwen Warren pictured left

Waikato DHB’s National Immunisation Register team (NIR) recently moved into the Midlands Health Network Hamilton office to sit alongside the mobile immunisation team.

The NIR is an electronic information system holding immunisation details about children from 2005 onwards. The NIR team is notified by practices when children are immunised, which is entered into the register.  A majority of messages come in electronically from practices, which they monitor.

They also send reports to practices highlighting over-due immunisations and forecasting future immunisation coverage, to support practices to improve immunisation rates.

Bronwen Warren, team lead for immunisation and child health champion at Midlands Health Network says there is a lot of scope for practices to use this information.

“While practices and the mobile immunisation team are doing a great job of protecting patients from preventable diseases, the relocation of the NIR team to Midlands Health Network will help us better connect the dots between the services,” says Bronwen.

“The full administrative team of three is here. The team leader and service delivery manager are still based at Waikato DHB, I am the contact person for the team and meet regularly with them.”

The NIR and mobile immunisation teams support all Waikato practices, including non-Pinnacle ones, and the move is a part of a wider initiative to bring services from secondary care into primary.

“Co-locating the NIR team with the mobile immunisation team, which also moved here from Waikato DHB two years ago, will help get things done quicker and more efficiently. What would have been a game of phone tag or faxing between the two teams is now a one-to-one conversation,” says Bronwen.

“The closer relationship will help develop an understanding of how the two teams work and encourage the refining of processes.”

“We are happy for them to be here and excited at the opportunities it opens up.”

The NIR team are still employed by the DHB, and their contact number remains 0800 100 273.

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