Western Australia - WAVSS

The WAVSS reporting system is now part of the national reporting hub called Adverse Events Following Immunisation – Clinical Assessment Network (AEFI-CAN).

The website address has now changed to aefican.org.au which is where WA adverse event reports are to be submitted from now on.

There are no changes to the WAVSS name, services or management.  All Western Australian reports will be followed up as usual by WA Department of Health staff.

More detailed information about adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) reporting in Western Australia, including what is an AEFI, and when to report an AEFI, is contained in the following two webpages

Then Western Australian Vaccine Safey Surveillance system (WAVSS) is the reporting service in WA for any significant AEFI. We provide expert immunisation safety advice to reporters and health-care workers, and can provide clinical services for children and adults who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation.

Medical and nurse practitioners have a statutory responsibility to notify AEFI to the Chief Health Officer, as per the requirements of the Public Health Act 2016 and the Public Health Regulations 2017.

Other immunisation providers, parents/guardians or vaccinated individuals may also report adverse events.

By getting as much information as we can about AEFI, we make sure we detect possible problems with vaccines or systems as early as possible if they do occur.

This helps to ensure Western Australia has a safe immunisation program and to maintain community confidence in our program.

To report an AEFI please go to the Register tab on this website and Login if you are an existing user, or Register if you are a new user.

Medical Advice

If the side effects after vaccination seem severe or persist, or if you have any concerns:

  • See your doctor, immunisation provider or an After Hours GP
  • Call healthdirect Australia for health advice 24 hours a day on 1800 022 222
  • For emergency or life-threatening conditions, visit an Emergency Department or call triple zero (000) for an ambulance