We are excited to announce that this year’s CVU will be an all-day virtual event and include both local and international presenters. 

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Virtual CVU: Mon 7th December 2020 – Program
Time
(Melbourne local time, AEDT)
Topic Presenter
9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre

9.05am – 9.35am

COVID-19 vaccine safety after licensure – COVID-19 adverse events of special interest and adverse events following immunisation

A/Prof Helen Petousis-Harris
Director, Vaccine Datalink and Research Group (Auckland, New Zealand)
9.35am – 10.05am

COVID-19 vaccine safety communication

Prof Daniel Salmon
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA)

10.05am – 10.35am COVID-19 vaccines update

A/Prof Chris Blyth
Co-Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Perth)

10.35am – 10.50am

Q & A

10.50am – 11.25am


Break

11.30am – 12.00pm

Vaccine communication and confidence – a consumer focus

Ms. Rachel Callander
Speaker, Author, Trainer, Artist, Photographer (Perth, WA)

12.00pm – 12.30pm The vulnerable young people catch-up vaccination project

Ms. Belinda Tominc
Clinical Nurse Consultant, The Royal Children’s Hospital

12.30pm – 12.55pm


Lunch break

1.00pm – 1.30pm

Influenza and influenza vaccine update

Prof Kanta Subbarao
Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Pharmacists and immunisation

Ms Annie Cobbledick
Immunisation Pharmacist, The Royal Children’s Hospital

2.00pm – 2.30pm

Measles update and experience from recent outbreaks

Dr Meru Sheel
Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist and Westpac Research Fellow, Australian National University (Canberra, ACT)

2.30pm – 2.45pm

Zoster vaccine update and errors

Ms Georgina Lewis/ Ms Adele Harris
Research Nurses, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community

2.45pm – 3.00pm


Q & A
Closing

 

Presenters

Associate Professor Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre

Associate Professor Crawford is a vaccinologist and consultant paediatrician, Director of SAEFVIC (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and 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), a member of ATAGI and the co-Lead of AEFI-CAN.

Associate Professor Helen Petousis-Harris (Auckland, New Zealand)
Director, Vaccine Datalink and Research Group 

Dr Petousis-Harris is a vaccinologist, Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and the Director of the Vaccine Datalink and Research Group. She is the chair of the World Health Organization Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) and an elected member of the International Brighton Collaboration Science Board.

Professor Daniel Salmon (Baltimore, USA)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr Salmon is a Professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is the Director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety. His research focuses have been on understanding vaccine acceptance and hesitancy, developing systems and science in vaccine safety, and effective vaccine risk communication.

 

Associate Professor Chris Blyth (Perth, WA)
co-Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation 

A/Prof Blyth is a clinician scientist with the Division of Paediatrics in the University of Western Australia Medical School, a Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and Head of Infectious Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital. He is co-Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation which provides advice to the Australian Government on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

 

Ms Belinda Tominc
Clinical Nurse Consultant, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Belinda Tominc is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Young People’s Health Service. She is an experienced community health nurse with a particular interest in improving health access for vulnerable groups.

 

Rachel Callander (Perth, WA)
Speaker, author, trainer, artist, photographer 

Rachel Callander is an award-winning speaker, author, trainer, artist and photographer. She helps healthcare professionals, patients and parents work together to develop an effective communication style that gets the best out of patients, parents and healthcare professionals.

 

Professor Heidi Larson
Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project (London, UK)

Heidi is an anthropologist and Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The Vaccine Confidence Project is a WHO centre of excellence on addressing vaccine hesitancy. Heidi is the previous head of Global Immunisation Communication at UNICEF, chaired GAVI’s advocacy taskforce and served on the WHO SAGE working group on vaccine hesitancy.

 

Professor Kanta Subbarao
Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza

Professor Subbarao has been the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza and Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne at The Doherty Institute since 2016. She is a virologist and physician who specialises in paediatric infectious diseases.

 

Annie Cobbledick
Immunisation Pharmacist, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Annie has been working at The Royal Children’s Hospital for three years, and began her role as the Immunisation Pharmacist in April 2018. Annie has a particular interest in immunisation access and equity, as well as embracing a multi-disciplinary approach to immunisation.

 

Dr Meru Sheel (Canberra, ACT)
Infectious diseases epidemiologist and Westpac Research Fellow, Australian National University

Dr Sheel is a global health researcher and an infectious diseases epidemiologist with interest in health emergencies, emerging infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr Sheel has worked in several dynamic and challenging environments in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region including India, Cambodia, Samoa and American Samoa. In 2020, Dr Sheel was part of the response to the 2019 Pacific measles outbreak in Tonga and COVID-19 response in Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Ms Georgina Lewis and Ms Adele Harris
Research Nurses, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)

Georgina is the Clinical Manager of SAEFVIC. She is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and works as a casual Nurse Immuniser with a local council. Her special interests include vaccine safety, surveillance, education and immunisation research.

Adele is an accredited nurse immuniser and a research nurse at SAEFVIC. Her interests include vaccine safety and surveillance, immunisation research and education, and vaccine allergy.