About Us

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 Organization’s (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net. All Vaccine Safety Net members are verified 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 (DH) Immunisation Section.

Editorial Board

Associate Professor Nigel Crawford

Director, MVEC

A/Prof Crawford is a consultant paediatrician and vaccinologist. He is also Director of SAEFVIC based at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and Head of Immunisation Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). He is an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups, a member of ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Executive, Chair of ATAGI Subgroup #3 (Vaccine Safety, Evaluation and Confidence/Communication), Chair of ATAGI Meningococcal and Special Risk Working Groups on Immunisation, Chair of Vaccine Safety Committee (B Part of It NT study), and Member of SA Health Men B Vaccine Safety Advisory Board.

Dr Daryl Cheng

Medical Lead, MVEC

Dr Daryl Cheng is a consultant paediatrician and clinical informatician with a special interest in immunisation and travel medicine, based at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and Monash Health. He also has clinical research and educational appointments at SAEFVIC & MVEC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.

HIs keen interests in health informatics and healthcare systems are fostered through roles with the Melbourne Children’s Centre for Health Analytics and the RCH Strategy, Quality & Improvement Team.

Professor Jim Buttery

Medical Advisor, MVEC

Prof Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. He is the inaugural Professor of Child Health Informatics at the University of Melbourne. He is Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal detection at SAEFVIC (MCRI) and Chief Clinical Research Information Officer & Infectious Diseases Physician at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Prof Buttery also serves as a member of the Strategic Priority Group of WHO Global Vaccine Safety Initiative, the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee, and the TGA Advisory Committee on Vaccines.

Associate Professor Michelle Giles

Medical Advisor, MVEC

A/Prof Giles is an infectious diseases physician with a special interest in infections in pregnancy. She was awarded an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship and completed her PhD through Monash University. A/Prof Giles was awarded an NHMRC Australian Based Clinical Research Fellowship and completed her post-doctoral research in hepatitis B and pregnancy. She now 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.

Professor Allen Cheng

Medical Advisor, MVEC

Prof Cheng is an adult infectious diseases specialist and an epidemiologist. He is the Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Director of Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology and Professor in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology. He is the current Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and co-Chair of ATAGI, and member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee. Prof Cheng has been the Deputy Chief Health Officer in Victoria since July 2020.

Georgina Lewis

BN, PGDipN, (Paediatrics)
Education Nurse Coordinator, MVEC

Georgina is the Clinical Manager of SAEFVIC (MCRI). She is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Nursing, Paediatrics. Georgina also works as a casual Nurse Immuniser with a local council. Her special interests include vaccine safety, surveillance, education and immunisation research.

Rachael McGuire

Education Nurse Coordinator, MVEC

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.

Francesca Machingaifa

BNurs, (Hons), PGDipN, (Paediatrics)
Education Nurse Coordinator, MVEC

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 holds the position of a Nurse Immuniser with a local council. Francesca also works in a private paediatric travel clinic and is passionate about immunisation research, education and surveillance.

Courtney De Ambrosis

and Communications Officer, MVEC

Courtney is the marketing communications officer for MVEC. She has a background in corporate communications, marketing and events.

Victoria Scott

Administrative and Technical Support, MVEC

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.

Lois Tham

Administrative and Technical Support, MVEC

Lois is the administrative assistant at SAEFVIC (MCRI) and has a background in marketing communications, customer relations and has extensive experience in corporate/ private events management.