Presentations - 20 Year Anniversary Showcase

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Official Opening - Mr Trent Zimmerman, MP, Federal Member for North Sydney

Session 1 - Reflections on 20 Years of Immunisation in Australia and Role of NCIRS

2E9A0094 croppedProfessor Peter McIntyre, Director NCIRS
A National Centre for Immunisation in Australia – Then and Now
Professor Peter McIntyre has been Director of NCIRS since 2004. He trained as a paediatrician, specialising in infectious diseases (FRACP 1986), and is also qualified in public health medicine (FAFPHM 1992). He has a national and international reputation in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and in vaccinology, particularly pneumococcal disease and pertussis, with numerous speaker invitations and a long history of work with the World Health Organisation, including current membership of the Immunisation and Vaccine Implementation Research Advisory Committee.

Brendan MurphyProfessor Brendan Murphy
The National Immunisation Program – Then and Now
Professor Brendan Murphy is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health. He also holds direct responsibility for the Department of Health’s Office of Health Protection. Apart from the many committees he chairs, co-chairs and participates, he is the Australian Member on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Governing Committee and represents Australia at the World Health Assembly. Professor Murphy is a Professorial Associate with the title of Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to his appointment Professor Murphy was the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria. He was formerly CMO and director of nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, and sat on the Boards of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He was also the independent chair of Health Services Innovation Tasmania, a former president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and former deputy chair of Health Workforce Australia.

Sue Campbell Lloyd 2017 lrMs Sue Campbell-Lloyd
Immunisation in New South Wales – Then and Now
Sue Campbell-Lloyd is the Manager of the Immunisation Unit, Health Protection NSW, and has worked for over 28 years developing strategies to improve immunisation coverage and reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases.

She served for seven years on the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation and represents NSW on the National Immunisation Committee. She was appointed to the Australian Committee on the Safety of Vaccines in 2013-5. Sue has implemented several mass vaccination programs including the National Measles Control Campaign for the Australian Government and was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her work in public health in 2014.

Michael GoodProfessor Michael Good
Vaccine Discovery in Australia – Then and Now
Professor Michael Good is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at Griffith University. He is the former Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology, of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and is a former Chairman of NHMRC. His research interests are in immunity and vaccine development for malaria and streptococcus. His group has developed candidate vaccines for the prevention of malaria and for streptococcus, which have both entered clinical trials. In 2008 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in 2009 he won the Australian Museum CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and in 2010 was awarded an NHMRC Australia Fellowship. In 2010 he was elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and in 2014 to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Robert BooyProfessor Robert Booy
Clinical Vaccine Research in Australia – Influenza as a Paradigm
Professor Robert Booy is an Infectious Diseases Paediatrician and Head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), Sydney. Since 2005, he has worked as a Professor at the University of Sydney in the fields of Paediatrics, Vaccinology, Epidemiology and infectious diseases. He is also a Director of the Immunisation Coalition and a Founder of Meningococcal Australia. Prof Booy is a medical graduate with Honours from the University of Queensland (1984), who trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. From 1999 until 2005 he was Professor of Child Health at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London. His research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of influenza, RSV, Hib, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease. Prof Booy is recognised as an expert in the infectious diseases field, supervising many studies addressing the burden and prevention of serious infections affecting especially the brain (meningitis, encephalitis) or the respiratory system (pneumonia, bronchiolitis) in children and adults in the UK, Australia, the Middle East and Tanzania. He has a strong interest in the control of infectious diseases at Mass Gatherings such as Hajj where he has instigated important clinical trials with new or alternate vaccines, personal protective equipment and handwashing. He has supervised over 20 PhD students and is especially active at the nexus of teaching and research, mentoring young scientists to ongoing success.


Session 2 - Immunisation Policy Making – International Perspectives

Terry NolanProfessor Terry Nolan
A National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) for Australia: Then and Now
Terry Nolan is an epidemiologist, paediatrician, and public health physician. He trained in medical science and in medicine at the University of Western Australia, as a paediatric physician at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Montréal Children’s Hospital. He did his PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University. He is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of the University of Melbourne, Foundation Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He leads VIRGo (the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group), a collaboration between Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne. Until recently, he worked as a specialist physician in paediatric general medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. He was a member since the mid-1990s of the Australian Government’s advisory bodies on immunisation policy and practice, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), which he chaired from 2005 until 2014. He is a member of the WHO peak advisory body on global vaccination policy, the Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). His research has been predominantly in vaccine preventable disease, including epidemiologic studies and clinical trials of new vaccines. He has over 220 publications including 213 in refereed journals including MJA, Lancet, JAMA, and Journal of Infectious Diseases. In addition, he has made substantial contributions to research policy and to the measurement of research quality and impact.

Professor Noni MacdonaldNoni MacDonald
Pathways to Immunisation Policy in Canada
Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University Her two current major areas of interest are 1) Vaccines including vaccine safety, hesitancy, demand, pain mitigation, education and policy especially through her work with the World Health Organization( recently appointed to SAGE), and the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology; 2) MicroResearch, building capacity in community focused research in developing countries and now also in Canada ( to help interdisciplinary health professionals find local solutions for local maternal child health problems that fit the context, culture and resources.

Nikki TurnerAssociate Professor Nikki Turner
From New Zealand to the World Health Organisation
Nikki is an academic General Practitioner,an Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Auckland and a General Practitioner in Wellington. Her academic interests are in immunisation and preventive child health. She is the Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) at the University of Auckland. IMAC runs national immunisation coordination, promotion, workforce development, communication and a range of translational research She is a member of the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and Chairs the SAGE Working Group on Measles and Rubella elimination. She represents the RNZCGP (College of General Practitioners) in child health interests, and is a health spokesperson for the Child Poverty Action Group.

Professor Rosross andrewss Andrews
International Collaboration Among NITAGs

Professor Ross Andrews is an epidemiologist at Menzies School of Health Research and the current Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). His major research interests are in Indigenous health, particularly vaccine-preventable diseases, skin infections and public health preparedness for infectious diseases emergencies for key population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples and pregnant women.


Session 3 - Data to Inform Policy in Immunisation

Helen QuinnDr Helen Quinn
How NCIRS Has Used Administrative Data to Inform Australian Immunisation Policy
Dr Helen Quinn is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and has a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney. Following completion of a PhD in parasitology, Helen completed further training as an epidemiologist, in the Masters of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) program.
Helen has worked at NCIRS for the past 13 years as an epidemiologist, across the areas of disease surveillance, immunisation policy and vaccine safety. She has a particular interest and strong research portfolio in pertussis. She is an author on 53 publications (15 as first author), has been a technical writer and technical editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook and is a member of the pertussis working party for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

AHeather Giddingssociate Professor Heather Gidding
Australia – Data Linkage in Immunisation – Current Status and Potential

Associate Professor Heather Gidding is an infectious diseases epidemiologist. She has a long standing affiliation with NCIRS that began after completing her MAE studies in the late 1990s. Her main areas of interest include maximising the use of routinely collected data for epidemiological research, in particular using data linkage methods, to examine the impact of vaccination programs.

Associate Professor Nikki Turner
New Zealand – Data Linkage in Immunisation – Current Status and Potential


Session 4 – Vaccine Communication and Safety – In Australia and Internationally

Professor Noni Macdonald
Vaccine Hesitancy – An International Perspective

Julie LeaskAssociate Professor Julie Leask
Vaccine Communication – Australian and International Lessons
Associate Professor Julie Leask is a behavioural scientist and associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney. She has academic qualifications in nursing and midwifery, a Master of Public Health (USYD, 1998) and PhD (USYD, 2002). Julie established the Social Science Unit at NCIRS between 2002 and 2014 and continues there as a visiting fellow. Her NHMRC and government-funded research focuses on improving health communication and responding to vaccine hesitancy and refusal. She has had advisory roles with the WHO Europe Regional Office, the US President’s Cancer Panel, US Institute of Medicine, US National Vaccine Program Office, the Australian Academy of Science, the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council. She is inaugural chair of the Collaboration of Social Science in Immunisation which aims to inform Australian immunisation policy and practice with high quality evidence from the social sciences. In 2015 Julie won the PHAA NSW branch Public Health Impact Award and the Sax Institute Research Action Award.


Saad OmerProfessor Saad Omer
Vaccination in Pregnancy – Effectiveness and Safety
Professor Saad Omer has conducted multiple studies – including vaccine trials – in Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, and the United States. Dr. Omer’s research portfolio includes clinical and field trials to estimate efficacy and/or immunogenicity of influenza, polio, measles and pneumococcal vaccines; studies on the impact of spatial clustering of vaccine refusers; and clinical trials to evaluate drug regimens to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa. He has conducted several studies to evaluate the roles of schools, parents, health care providers, and state-level legislation in relation to immunization coverage and disease incidence. Dr. Omer has published widely in peer reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Lancet, British Medical Journal, Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Epidemiology. Moreover, he has written op-eds for publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Politico. In 2009, Dr Omer was awarded the Maurice Hilleman award in vaccinology by the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases on his work on impact of maternal influenza immunization on respiratory illness in infants younger than 6 months- for whom there is no vaccine. He is currently a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

Kristine Macartney 3 croppedAssociate Professor Kristine Macartney, Deputy Director NCIRS
Vaccine Safety – In Australia and Internationally
Associate Professor Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology. She is the Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), an infectious diseases paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a conjoint academic at the University of Sydney. Kristine leads two national surveillance networks – the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network (across 7 hospitals and ~8 conditions) and the AusVaxSafety active vaccine safety surveillance network. She is also the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (9th Edition, 2008 and 10th Edition, 2013) and has authored >110 peer-reviewed publications. Kristine is interested in all aspects of vaccinology and vaccine preventable disease control, especially viral diseases, vaccine policy-making and vaccine safety. She has had roles on numerous key peak advisory committees, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) of the TGA. In the last 5 years she has been an investigator on NHMRC grants on vaccines and infectious diseases totalling $9.8 million in funding.