The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is an educational website, developed with the aim of providing up-to-date immunisation information for both healthcare professionals and members of the public.
We are based at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), a research organisation, and are affiliated with SAEFVIC (Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community), the Victorian Vaccine Safety Service.
The content of MVEC reflects a collaboration of information prepared by immunisation pediatricians and adult physicians, immunisation nurses, infectious disease specialists, allergy specialists and infection control teams. All information is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
MVEC is a proud member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net. All Vaccine Safety Net members are endorsed by the WHO as a source of reliable and credible vaccine safety information.
MVEC is funded by SAEFVIC and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Immunisation Section.
Associate Professor Nigel Crawford
BMBS, FRACP, MPH, PhD Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Associate Professor Crawford is a general paediatrician. He is the Director of SAEFVIC (MCRI) and the Head of Immunisation Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital. He is an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups (e.g. immunosuppressed patients), is a member of ATAGI and the co-Lead of AEFI-CAN.
Professor Jim Buttery
MBBS, FRACP, MSc, MD Medical Adviser, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Professor Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. He is Head of Infection and Immunity and Director of Research at Monash Children’s Hospital as well as the Head of Immunisation Services at Monash Health. He is Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology at Monash University. He heads Epidemiology and Signal Investigation for SAEFVIC. He serves as a member of the Strategic Priority Group of the WHO Global Vaccine Safety Initiative, the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee, and the TGA Advisory Committee on Vaccines. His research efforts focus on vaccine safety, signal detection, infectious diseases epidemiology and child health informatics.
Professor Allen Cheng
MBBS, MPH, MBiostat, PhD, FRACP Medical Adviser, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Professor Cheng is an adult infectious diseases physician. He is the Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health and Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University. He is the current Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and co-Chair of ATAGI. He is also a member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.
Associate Professor Michelle Giles
MBBS, FRACP, PhD Medical Adviser, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Associate Professor Giles is an infectious diseases physician with a special interest in infections in pregnancy. She holds an Associate Professor position with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. With public hospital appointments at Alfred Health, Monash Health, The Royal Women’s Hospital and Sunshine Hospital, she is also the Head of Immunisation Services at Sunshine Hospital.
Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Adviser, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Dr Cheng is a general paediatrician who works at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He has special interests in immunisation, education and health informatics.
BNurs Education Nurse Coordinator, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Rachael is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and experienced paediatric Registered Nurse. Her current position as a Research Nurse with SAEFVIC (MCRI), incorporates her strong interest in the immunisation of special risk groups and vaccine safety patients. She is also passionate about immunisation education.
BN, PGDipN, (Paediatrics) Education Nurse Coordinator, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Georgina is the Clinical Manager of SAEFVIC (MCRI). She is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Nursing, Paediatrics. She also works as a casual Nurse Immuniser with a local council.
Her special interests include vaccine safety, surveillance, education and immunisation research.
BNurs, (Hons), PGDipN, (Paediatrics) Education Nurse Coordinator, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Francesca is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and experienced paediatric Registered Nurse. She has been working with SAEFVIC (MCRI) as a Research Nurse since 2018 and also works as a Nurse Immuniser with the City of Melbourne and in a private paediatric travel clinic. She has special interests in immunisation research and education.
AdvDipPhoto Administrative and Technical Support, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre
Victoria currently holds the position of administrative assistant at SAEFVIC (MCRI). She has extensive experience in office management, customer relations, visual design, event coordination and technical support.
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Lois currently holds the position of administrative assistant at SAEFVIC (MCRI). She has a background in marketing communications and customer relations as well as experience in event management