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Become a STARSS Site

Become Part of the Future of Vaccine Safety Surveillance.

The University of Adelaide is evaluating the first true real-time advanced SMS vaccine safety surveillance system covering all vaccines available in Australia with an NHMRC funded study called STARSS.

STARSS (Stimulated Telephone Assisted Rapid Safety Surveillance) has already started recruiting GP practices and council immunisation clinics to join the research in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

STARSS is a collaborative study involving the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), SA Health, WA Health and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

STARSS sites will receive a contribution of $500 at study initiation and $6 per participant enrolled during the course of their involvement in the study.

How Is the Research for This Study Carried Out?

The research for the STARSS study is carried out using automated data extraction or direct entry of the vaccination details of participants. The STARSS system uses SMS text messages together with the most advanced data automated extraction technology available in Australia to find out when a person who received a vaccine has sought health advice after the vaccination.

For the first time it is possible to automatically extract vaccination data, send SMS texts and detect such SMS responses within 1 hour of the patient receiving the vaccination. The automated follow-up system then collects the details of the medical event and instantly relays the details to the clinician via the clinic portal.

With this advanced system, patient reports after the vaccination are also simultaneously visible to State Health and therefore can be followed up in the shortest time frame possible.

We Are a Busy Practice – How Much Time Would I Need to Commit to This Research?

For GP practices who use Medical Director and Best Practice, all that is required is entering the patient’s mobile number in the records and typing a keyword in the vaccination window to trigger the extraction of the vaccination details.

For practices using other software and council immunisation clinics, the direct data entry system is also very simple to use as the vaccination details can be all entered in a single page web form in the clinic’s own web portal. Sites are only required to enter a minimum of 10 participants per week, which should take no more than 30 minutes in total per week.

Multiple GPs or immunisation nurses can become investigators in your practice/clinic.

How Can I Access the Result of the Surveillance Related to My Own Patients?

Your clinic will have an individual dashboard that captures the details of what type of health advice and symptoms were reported to the STARSS system by your patients after the vaccination. Your clinic will also be informed if State Health carried out a telephone follow-up.

Is the STARSS Research Accredited for RACGP/AHPRA QI CPD Purposes?

RACGP QI&CPD Accredited Activity Category 1
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

GP investigators are eligible to apply for 40 category 1 RACGP QI & CPD points and nurse provided access to CPD programs accredited by AHPRA.

Alternatively, up to two nurses from each practice will be provided access to the Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program.

Further Information

Further information on why you should participate in this important study can be found in the Why Participate document or by contacting us.

To join the STARSS research, please contact Dr Gabriella Lincoln, Project Manager for the STARSS Study on 08 8161 7030 or email to arrange a meeting at your practice or a teleconference at your convenience.

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