PhD student awarded scholarship to present recent influenza findings

May 2010 - News

NCIRS PhD student Dr Gulam Khandaker was awarded a competitive scholarship to attend and present his research findings at the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) annual scientific meeting in Darwin in May.

As a member of the NCIRS clinical research team, Dr Khandaker is involved in multiple projects researching the control and management of influenza. The competitive scholarship provided by the ASID council allowed Dr Khandaker to present results from three independent influenza studies.

One of the studies described the challenges and difficulties associated with managing influenza outbreaks in aged care facilities during influenza pandemics. The results from this study were recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

The ASID annual conference is a national meeting which brings together researchers and specialists from a broad range of infectious disease fields, from microbial genomics to public health. Others from NCIRS who attended the 3-day conference included Director Professor Peter McIntyre and Head of Clinical Research Professor Robert Booy.

Dr Khandaker is currently completing his paediatrics specialist training while enrolled part time in a PhD at NCIRS under the supervision of Professor Robert Booy. His associate supervisor is Professor Dominic Dwyer from the University of Sydney.

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National meeting on pneumococcal disease (July 2009)

Jul 2009 - Events

PDFs of selected presentations available from links below:

Should Aboriginal children get both pneumococcal vaccines? - by Amanda Leach
How well is the 23vPPV working in the non-indigenous elderly? - by Rob Menzies
How well is the 23vPPV working in indigenous adults? - by Rob Menzies
Pneumococcal epidemiology in the conjugate vaccine era - can non-vaccine serotype replacement in carriage predict disease serotypes? - by Amanda Leach
PCR in pneumococcal disease diagnosis (and surveillance) - by Lyn Gilbert

Second Indigenous Immunisation Research Workshop (July 2009)

Jul 2009 - Events

PDFs of selected presentations are available from the links below:

A systems approach to improving immunisation timeliness - by Ross Bailie
NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Child and Adolescent Immunisation - by Terry Nolan
Immunisation Priorities for OATSIH - by Dr Geetha Isaac-Toua
Immunisation issues – ACCHS perspectives - by Jenny Hunt
Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health: Sexually transmitted and bloodborne viral infections - by James Ward
Estimates of hepatitis B infection - by Nick Wood
Universal paediatric influenza vaccination: the Western Australia experience - by Paul Effler
Immunisation of Indigenous people: Achievements and challenges - by Rob Menzies
Women, HPV, Indigenous, non-Indigenous Urban Rural Study - by Telphia Joseph

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Preventing Cervical Cancer: Integrating Screening and Vaccination (March 2009)

Mar 2009 - News

The Victorian Cytology Service Inc (VCS), in association with the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS), was proud to be the organiser of Preventing Cervical Cancer 2009: Integrating Screening and Vaccination (PCC2009).

PCC2009 brought together international and Australian experts in cervical screening, vaccination and cancer epidemiology to debate and explore current and future directions in the prevention of cervical cancer. It provided a forum for these experts to share their vision and influence policy development in the prevention of cervical cancer.

Australia’s cervical screening program is amongst the most successful in the world. Now, coupled with our world-leading commitment to population-based vaccination for high-risk HPV, Australia is poised to develop highly effective new models for cervical cancer prevention that could eventually lead to the almost total eradication of this disease.

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Australia, 2003 to 2006

Jun 2008 - News

This is the second NCIRS publication focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes the latest detailed data on nine major vaccine preventable diseases, as well as vaccination coverage in children and adults. This publication is now available at the Communicable Diseases Intelligence website.

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