Since 1993 the APSU has monitored 61 rare childhood conditions that include congenital/genetic disorders, infectious/vaccine preventable studies, mental health issues and other injuries.

Protocol and Questionnaires for current studies can be found of the current studies page.


Severe Complications of Influenza 2018

Once again the APSU is conducting surveillance for severe complications of influenza. This year the study will run from the 1st June 2018 until the 30th September 2018

Please notify any cases to the APSU as soon as possible during the study period. Case reports can be completed online or on paper.

Please report any child aged < 15 years with laboratory confirmed influenza AND admitted to hospital AND who have at least one of the following complications:

  • Pneumonia (Confirmed on X-ray or microbiology)
  • Oxygen requirement
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Laboratory proven secondary bacterial co infection; Bacteraemia; Septicaemia;
  • Encephalitis / encephalopathy
  • Seizures (including simple febrile seizure, prolonged or focal seizure or status epilepticus)
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Polyneuritis/ mononeuritis
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Reye Syndrome
  • Myocarditis; Pericarditis; Cardiomyopathy
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Purpura fulminans
  • Disseminated coagulopathy
  • Shock (requiring >40 ml/kg fluid resuscitation)
  • Acute renal failure
  • Death, including death at presentation to hospital


Current studies listed on the APSU report card for June 2018:

  • Actue flaccid paralysis (AFP) *
  • Severe complications of influenza (FLU)
  • Severe complications related to Disc Battery(ies) (SIRDB)
  • Stroke in children < 12 months old (STROKE)
  • Microcephaly in children < 12 months old (MCPH)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • MECP2 Duplication Syndrome (MECP2)
  • Juvenile onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (JoRRP)
  • Congenital varicella (Vcon)
  • Neonatal varicella (Vneo)
  • Rett syndrome (RETT)
  • Congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV)
  • Neonatal herpes simplex virus infection (HSV)
  • Paediatric HIV infection or perinatal exposure to HIV (HIV)
  • Congenital rubella (RUB)

* Please note that cases of AFP should be reported immediately by telephone to the Polio Laboratory on (03) 9342 9607 or email:

Enterovirus Reference Laboratory
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Doherty Institute
792 Elizabeth St
Melbourne 3000 Victoria
Tel: (03) 9342 9607       Fax: (03) 9342 9665      Email: 

A comprehensive list of all studies conducted through the APSU can be found on the past studies page.