The Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) is a Special Interest Group of the Immunisation Coaltion, and consists of medical and scientific specialists from around Australia and New Zealand with an interest in influenza.
Annual Scientific Meeting
Each year, the ISG commences it's program of activities with the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), held in Melbourne at the beginning of February. Attendees include members of the scientific and medical community, government health officials, pharmaceutical industry representatives, academics, and delegates from other health related NGO's.
Influenza Awareness Program
The ISG's Influenza Awareness Program is a public awareness campaign aimed at educating the community about the potential severity and consequences of influenza and the importance of preventing infection and appropriate treatment. The program also seeks to enhance awareness of influenza by healthcare workers. The program is developed each year at the annual ISG Scientific Meeting in conjunction with other relevant groups. This ensures that the influenza awareness program content and focus is relevant and up to date.
Launched in 1992, the Influenza Awareness Program has been conducted by the ISG in conjunction with high profile professional organisations such as the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The campaign further enlists the support of major patient advocacy groups, such as the National Asthma Council, National Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia to target specific ‘at risk' Australians.
Last updated: 3 May 2016