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Improving confidence in vaccines

Two statements that aim to reassure healthcare professionals and the public that regulatory authorities rigorously evaluate vaccines for safety and efficacy before approval and monitor them afterwards have been released by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA). The statement for health professionals provides messages that may be used to support conversations with patients who may not recognise the role of vaccination in disease prevention and spread. The WHO has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top global public health threats, the ICMRA noted. View the statements on the TGA website at: https://www.tga.gov.au/node/905790 and https://www.tga.gov.au/node/905791.

Asthma app for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

A new interactive app is available to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families learn about asthma. Available in eight languages used in northern and central Australia, the app has been produced by the Menzies School of Health Research’s Child Health Division in partnership with Asthma Australia, The Centre for Research Excellence in Respiratory Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Queensland Health. The asthma app is the first of a suite of respiratory health educational apps called ‘Lung Health for Kids’ and is available on both Google Play and the Apple Store.