CVU mini - Thursday 28th April 2022 (virtual event)

Winter preparedness: COVID-19 and influenza

Thank you for joining our first CVU mini virtual event for the year on Winter preparedness: COVID-19 and influenza. This CVU mini has covered the following updates:

  • COVID-19 vaccines: keeping up-to-date
  • Winter COVID-19 booster dose and flu administration for the elderly
  • Influenza: a post COVID-19 landscape

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Event details:
Date: Thursday 28th April 2022
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm (AEST)

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Thursday 28th April 2022 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.20pmWelcome to country COVID-19 vaccines: keeping up-to-dateA/Prof Nigel Crawford (host) Director, MVEC/ SAEFVIC Victoria, Australia
7.20pm – 7.40pmWinter COVID-19 dose and flu administration for the elderlyA/Prof Michael Murray President, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Victoria, Australia
7.40pm - 8.00pmInfluenza: a post COVID-19 landscapeA/Prof Sheena Sullivan Senior Epidemiologist, Peter Doherty Institute Victoria, Australia
8.00pm - 8.30pmQ & A ClosingDr Angela Berkhout Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Infection Management and Prevention, The Queensland Children's Hospital, Brisbane Clinical Research Fellow, MCRI Immunisation Fellow, MVEC, MCRI Queensland/ Victoria, Australia

Presenters

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre and SAEFVIC

A/Prof Crawford is a consultant paediatrician and vaccinologist. He is also the Director of SAEFVIC based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), Head of Immunisation Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Chair of the Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS). In 2021, A/Prof Crawford was appointed the Chair of the Australian Therapeutic Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). He is an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups, a member of the ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Executive, Chair of ATAGI Subgroup #3 (Vaccine Safety), Chair of Vaccine Safety Committee (B Part of It NT Study), Member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) COVID-19 vaccine Expert Advisory Group (EAG) of the Department Health Canberra, and Member of the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine Expert Advisory Group (EAG).

A/Prof Michael Murray AM
President, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)
A/Prof Murray is the President of the Board of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). He has a broad range of management, clinical and clinical teaching experience in the area of aged care.

A/Prof Murray is the medical director of Continuing Care and head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health, Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Adjunct Associate Professor Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, and formerly the University of Notre Dame. He holds a number of board and committee positions with a variety of government, health and educational institutions and has held the position of Continence Foundation of Australia National President since 2004.

As a geriatrician, A/Prof Murray was a lead in the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, which brought together federal and state agencies to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in Victorian residential aged care homes.

A/Prof Sheena Sullivan
Senior Epidemiologist, Peter Doherty Institute

A/Prof Sheena Sullivan holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Sheena was appointed in 2011 as the inaugural epidemiologist for the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. She works with sentinel surveillance programs in Australia to estimate vaccine effectiveness and safety, and to understand the validity of the methods used to conduct these studies. She also works closely with national and regional partners including the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US to improve influenza surveillance. She holds adjunct appointments at the University of Melbourne and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a proxy member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.

Dr Angela Berkhout

Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Microbiology Department, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Angie Berkhout is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist currently working in the Microbiology Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is a PhD candidate with the University of Queensland and is a MCRI Clinical Research Fellow and has been working with MVEC over the last 6 months.

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Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) - November 2021

Our 2021 CVU has concluded.

The program allowed participants to choose from keynote sessions delivered on the virtual main stage in addition to themed seminars and interactive workshops hosted by industry experts, addressing the most important and current issues in immunisation.

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Thursday 18th November 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)Session
Opening plenary
9.30am - 9.45amAcknowledgment of country Conference welcome Speaker: A/Prof Nigel Crawford, Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)
9.45am - 10.30amPlenary #1: Experiences in public health leadership Speaker: Adj A/Prof Marion Kainer, Head, Infectious Diseases, Western Health
10.30am - 11.15amPlenary #2: COVID-19 vaccination and children Speaker: Prof Fiona Russell, Group Leader/Senior Principal Research Fellow, MCRI
11.15am - 11.45am Morning tea break
Concurrent sessions - Elective seminars 11.45am - 12.30pm
11.45am – 12.30pmElective seminar #1 Immunocompromised in Special Risk Groups Speaker: Dr Jeremy Carr Elective seminar #2 Vaccine safety Speaker: Prof Jim Buttery
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch
Concurrent sessions - Workshops 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Workshop #1 Allergy and management Speaker: A/Prof Sara Barnes Workshop #2 COVID-19 vaccine AEFI - VITT/TTS Speaker: Prof Huyen Tran and Dr Linny Phuong Workshop #3 Vaccine confidence Speaker: Dr Jess Kaufman
Concurrent sessions - Workshops 2.30pm - 3.15pm
Workshop #4 Allergy and management Speaker: A/Prof Sara Barnes Workshop #5 De-escalation in the immunisation setting Speaker: Sarah Pitts / Karen Bellamy Workshop #6 Needle phobia and management strategies Speaker: Lynne Addlem

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
Medical Lead, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC), MCRI

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.

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) and Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community (SAEFVIC), MCRI
Chair, ATAGI, Immunisation
Senior Medical Advisor, Victorian Department of Health, COVID-19 Vaccine Program

A/ Prof Crawford is a vaccinologist with a special interest in vaccine safety. His research includes COVID-19 in families and children, vaccine safety and surveillance, special risk group’s immunisation, vaccine preventable diseases epidemiology, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in children and immunisation policy development.

Adj A/Prof Marion Kainer 
Head of Infectious Diseases, Western Health

Marion Kainer is Adj A/Prof at Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Melbourne and Master of Public Health at Monash University.  She is an adult infectious diseases physician and healthcare epidemiologist.  She was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion/ Hospital Infections Program.  A/Prof Kainer joined the Tennessee Department of Health in 2003 where she was the director of the Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program. She was the chair of the Healthcare Associated Infections [HAI] subcommittee of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists [CSTE].  A/Prof Kainer served as the CSTE liaison to CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee [HICPAC], CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network [NHSN] change control board and the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America [SHEA].  A/Prof Kainer led the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak investigation at the Tennessee Department of Health and was named Tennessean of the Year. She was honored by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health in 2013.  She was a member of the antimicrobial resistance surveillance taskforce and co-chaired the Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistant Pathogens [CORHA].  She was a member of the antibiotic resistance work group for the President Obama’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology [PCAST].  She took a lead role in the implementation of the Southeast Regional Laboratory that is part of the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network.  She was awarded the CSTE Pump Handle award in 2019 for outstanding achievement in the field of applied epidemiology. In October 2019 A/Prof Kainer returned to Melbourne, Australia as the Head of Infectious Diseases at Western Health.  She chairs the Western Health infection control committee and the antimicrobial stewardship workgroup.  Since January 2020 she has also taken a leadership role in the preparation for and response to COVID-19, including providing advice to executive leadership. A/Prof Kainer provides oversight as the medical lead for both COVID response and COVID Vaccination at Western Health’s Sunshine hub and associated sub-hubs. She serves as a clinician for the Victorian Specialist Immunization Service, based at Sunshine. A/Prof Kainer also serves as a member of the Victorian COVID-19 Healthcare Worker Infection and Wellbeing Taskforce, and the Infectious Disease Expert Working Group-COVID-19, Safer Care Victoria.

 

Prof Fiona Russell
Group Leader/Senior Principal Research Fellow, Infection and Immunity, MCRI

Professor Fiona Russell is a paediatrician, epidemiologist and translation researcher. She is Director of the Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, and is a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Child and Neonatal Health Research and Training; and Group Leader for Asia-Pacific Health research, MCRI. Her research provides evidence for policy decisions regarding immunisation and child health in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr Jeremy Carr 
Infectious Diseases Physician, Monash Health

Jeremy Carr is a Paediatric Infectious Disease Physician at Monash Children’s where he leads the paediatric immunisation and VicSIS clinics. Jeremy joined the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford in 2018 as a Research Fellow where he is completing his PhD on a cluster RCT of meningococcal vaccines focussing on herd immunity and microbial genomics.

 

Prof Jim Buttery 
Head, Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection, SAEFVIC, MCRI
Chief Clinical Research Information Officer and Infectious Diseases Consultant, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Prof Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. 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.

A/Prof Sara Barnes 
Associate Professor (adjunct) and Clinical Lead Allergy, Monash Health

A/Prof Sara Barnes is a clinical allergist/immunologist who leads and continues to develop the Allergy service at Monash Health. This has seen the development of a venom service including Jack Jumper Ants as well as a focus on adult vaccine allergies.

Prof Huyen Tran
Professor Huyen Tran, Head, Haemostasis Thrombosis Unit, The Alfred

Prof Tran is a clinical research haematologist who has a strong national and international reputation in the field of thrombosis and haemostasis. He has a strong interest in standardising best practice and has led several important published guidelines in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific regions. He is extremely active in the Thrombosis & Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ), where he is the current Chair and Chair of the Clinical Trials Group and co-formed the THANZ Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Advisory group soon after Australia started the COVID-19 vaccination program. He serves as the haematological expert on Thrombosis Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS), Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation; World Health Organisation, TTS Advisory group (2021); steering committee member of the anticoagulant domain, AustralaSian COVID-19 Trial. Prof Tran’s focus is on clinical research in haematology with particular interests in thrombotic, and bleeding disorders.

Dr Linny Phuong
Immunisation Consultant

Dr Phuong is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician. Linny currently works across many different roles including Immunisation Consultant at SAEFVIC, Senior Medical Lead at the North Eastern Public Health Unit (NEPHU) and as a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician at Austin Health and Cabrini. She is an active researcher with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne- Department of Paediatrics, in areas including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Group A Streptococcus infections and Kawasaki disease.

 

Dr Jessica Kaufman
Research fellow, Vaccine Uptake Group, MCRI

Dr Jessica Kaufman is research fellow in the Vaccine Uptake Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her current research focuses on interventions and policies to increase acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines and improve routine vaccine uptake in the general public, healthcare workers, pregnant women, children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and people of refugee background.

Sarah Pitts
Immunisation Nurse, Monash Health

Sarah is an accredited Nurse Immuniser of 19 years and experienced paediatric Registered Nurse. She has been working with Monash Health as a specialist Immunisation Nurse for the last 10 years and holds the position of a Nurse Immuniser with 2 local councils and FITS private travel clinic at Cabrini Health. Sarah also trains pharmacy immunisers for the Pharmacy Guild of Victoria and is passionate about equitable vaccine access and excellent immunisation practice.

 

Dr Joshua Osowicki

Paediatric Infectious Diseases Consultant, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Research Officer, Infection and Immunity, MCRI

Dr Josh Osowicki is a clinician-scientist who completed his PhD in the MCRI Tropical Diseases research group where he was supervised by Prof Andrew Steer to establish a human challenge model of Strep A (Streptococcus pyogenes, group A Streptococcus) pharyngitis to accelerate vaccine development against this high priority pathogen.

Karen Bellamy
Immunisation Nurse Practitioner, Monash Health

Karen is an Immunisation Nurse Practitioner specialising in vaccine preventable diseases – paediatric, adult and antenatal at Monash Health. She is also a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations as well as, the Victorian Expert Advisory Group working on the COVID-19 vaccine program. Karen was recently appointed as a specialist advisor with the Vaccine Safety Investigation Group (VSIG) investigating and managing AEFI safety signals in COVID-19 vaccines. In her spare time, Karen works at a local government as a Nurse Immuniser. Prior to her working in the immunisation space, she held the role of Midwife and Maternal Child Health Nurse.

Lynne Addlem 
Immunisation Nurse Practitioner Candidate, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Lynne Addlem has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne for over 15 years in various nursing roles including many years in the RCH Emergency department. She moved to Immunisation in 2017 and is working toward endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner in this field. Lynne also works in private travel medicine in a community clinic. She has particular interests in vaccine hesitancy, vaccination for those at risk and sedation of the needle phobic patient.​

Dr Angie Berkhout
Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Microbiology Department, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Clinical Research Fellow and MVEC Immunisation Fellow, MCRI

Dr Angie Berkhout is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist currently working in the Microbiology Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is a PhD candidate with the University of Queensland and is a MCRI Clinical Research Fellow and has been working with MVEC over the last 6 months.

Friday 19th November 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)Session
Opening plenary
9.30am - 9.45amConference welcome Speaker: A/Prof Nigel Crawford, Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC)
9:45am - 10:30amPlenary #3: Light for Riley: A Community Perspective on Immunisation Speaker: Catherine Hughes, Immuniser Champion, Founder of Light for Riley – Immunisation Foundation of Australia
10.30am - 11.00am Morning tea break
Concurrent sessions - Workshops 11.00am - 11.45am
Workshop #7 Vaccinating the 'difficult to reach' Speaker: Dr Nadia Chaves, Infectious Diseases Specialist, cohealth Workshop #8 De-escalation in the immunisation setting Speaker: Karen Bellamy/Sarah Pitts Workshop #9 Vaccine errors Speaker: Georgina Lewis
Feature seminar 12pm - 12.45pm
Elective seminar #3 Myocarditis and pericarditis associated with mRNA vaccination Speaker: Dr Daryl Cheng
12.45pm - 1.45pm Lunch
Closing plenary
1.45pm - 2.30pmPanel session: Mandatory vaccination and no fault compensation Panellists: Prof Julie Leask, Dr Preeya Alexander and A/Prof Nigel Crawford

Presenters

Catherine Hughes
Immuniser Champion, Founder of Light for Riley – Immunisation Foundation of Australia

Catherine Hughes became an ardent campaigner for vaccination after her one month old child Riley died from whooping cough. She has focused her energy into raising awareness and funds for whooping cough research. Her efforts have raised over $70,000 and donated more than 45,000 vaccines to UNICEF.

Dr Nadia Chaves
Infectious Diseases Specialist, cohealth

Dr Nadia Chaves specialises in working with communities who are traditionally under served by mainstream services. These communities have also been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. She will share stories and strategies from the C-19 Network around community engagement and empowerment and improving COVID-19 vaccination uptake in Melbourne’s diverse communities.

Georgina Lewis
Clinical Manager, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), MCRI

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

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) and Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community (SAEFVIC), MCRI
Chair, ATAGI, Immunisation
Senior Medical Advisor, Victorian Department of Health, COVID-19 Vaccine Program

A/ Prof Crawford is a vaccinologist with a special interest in vaccine safety. His research includes COVID-19 in families and children, vaccine safety and surveillance, special risk group’s immunisation, vaccine preventable diseases epidemiology, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in children and immunisation policy development.

 

Prof Julie Leask
Professor Julie Leask, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Professor Julie Leask is a social scientist specialising in immunisation at the University of Sydney’s Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has a Master of Public Health and nursing and midwifery qualifications. She is visiting fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and member of the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases. Julie currently chairs the WHO Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination working group. In 2019, she won the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence award.

Dr Preeya Alexander
General Practitioner

Dr Preeya Alexander or more commonly known as the ‘Wholesome Doctor’ has been changing our perspectives on science-based medicine, one Instagram post at a time. She is a GP and medical educator working in Melbourne. With a lack of practical based medical knowledge available to the new world of social media, Dr Alexander made it her mission to promote a complete, wholesome, and science-based approach to educate her now avid followers. Throughout the pandemic Preeya has focussed heavily on busting commonly circulated myths and delivering easy to digest information on hot topics including vaccination against COVID19.


CVU mini - Monday 30th August 2021 (virtual event)

Matters of the heart: Myocarditis and pericarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccination

Understanding important vaccine safety signals in COVID-19 mRNA vaccines

This CVU mini virtual event Matters of the heart: Myocarditis and pericarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccination took an in-depth look at an important vaccine safety signal associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). Our speakers looked at the Australian approach to myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination, explaining symptoms to watch for, guidance around management and clinical outcomes and follow-up.

There was a live Q&A forum with experts from the medical, consumer (Heart Foundation) and vaccine safety domains.

Event details:
Date: Monday 30th August 2021
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm (AEST)

Monday 30th August 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.10pmWelcome & updateDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Lead, MVEC Victoria, Australia
7.10pm – 7.30pmPericarditis/myocarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccination A/Prof Nicholas Cox Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Director Cardiology at Western Health, Victoria, Australia
7.30pm - 7.50pmPaediatric update on pericarditis/myocarditis associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccinationDr Bo Remenyi Paediatric Cardiologist, Royal Darwin Hospital, NT, Australia
7.50pm – 8.05pmMyocarditis and Pericarditis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination: A Victorian perspective Dr Daryl Cheng Medical Lead, MVEC Victoria, Australia
8.05pm - 8.30pmQ&A Panel - addressing consumer focus ClosingDr Amanda Buttery Manager, Clinical Evidence, Heart Foundation A/Prof Nigel Crawford Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Lead, 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.

A/Prof Nicholas Cox
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Director Cardiology at Western Health, Victoria, Australia

Associate Professor Nicholas Cox is an interventional cardiologist with an interest in infarct angioplasty and cardiogenic shock. Nicholas was an early advocate for the use of radial access for coronary intervention and has published in this field. He has performed a very high number of coronary interventions in over 15 years of practice as an interventional cardiologist. A/Prof Cox consults in all aspects of general cardiology, including the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with coronary disease, heart attack and chest pain. He currently consults in Richmond, Glen Waverley and Sunshine.

Nicholas is a Director of the Heart Foundation Advisory Board and on the Epworth Hospital Cardiac Sciences Clinical Institute Committee. He is the Director of Cardiology for Western Health (Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals) where he manages the largest acute infarct angioplasty service in the state of Victoria.

Nicholas trained at Melbourne University, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and The Brigham and Women’s’ Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr Bo Remenyi 
Paediatric Cardiologist, Royal Darwin Hospital

Dr Bo Remenyi is a paediatric cardiologist, PhD scholar and a former scientific advisor for the World Heart Federation on rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. She is the 2018 Australian of the Year for the Northern Territory. Dr Remenyi received her medical degree from the University of Queensland and currently works as a paediatric cardiologist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and services many remote Indigenous communities. She also undertakes humanitarian work with Rotary in resource-poor countries in our region. Both as a clinician and as a researcher, Dr Remenyi’s interests lie in prevention and early detection of rheumatic heart disease.

Dr Amanda Buttery BAppSci MSc PhD
Manager, Clinical Evidence, Heart Foundation      

Amanda leads the development of the National Heart Foundation’s clinical agenda and manages strategic clinical projects and the development of evidenced based position statements, policies and guidelines. She has 25 years of international health care experience and has an MSc and PhD in Gerontology from King’s College London. Her practice and research in health service delivery, evaluation and national audits has spanned the UK, Germany and Australia. Amanda publishes and presents regularly at conferences on heart health, ageing, long-term conditions and health policy.

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia
Chair, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

Associate Professor Crawford is a vaccinologist and consultant paediatrician with a strong track record in vaccine safety research. His main research activities are in the fields of vaccine safety and surveillance, COVID-19 in families and children, special risk group’s immunisation, vaccine preventable diseases epidemiology including emerging infections (RSV and invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS)) and immunisation, and public health policy development. He is the Director of SAEFVIC (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Head of Immunisation Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital. He is currently a senior medical advisor to the Victorian Department Health COVID-19 vaccine and is Chair of the Victorian Specialist Immunisation services (VicSIS). Most recently on 1st July 2021, he was appointed the new Chair of ATAGI and is also on the COVID-19 ATAGI executive and chair of Subgroup#3 which includes vaccine safety, monitoring, evaluation, communication and confidence.


CVU mini - Monday 26th April 2021 (virtual event)

COVID-19 vaccine: reporting and management in Victoria

Immunisation providers including GP practices, vaccine hubs, pharmacies and other clinics have and will continue to play an important role in delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to their local communities. As the rollout continues, vaccine safety and adverse event reporting have been coming to the fore for both providers and consumers – and will be key to ensuring ongoing community confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Our next CVU mini virtual event COVID-19 vaccine: reporting and management in Victoria will provide an interactive update on the latest vaccine safety questions around COVID-19 vaccines, as well as a discussion of key guidelines for referring patients for evaluation prior to vaccination (VicSIS) and reporting safety events related to COVID-19 vaccines. There will also be an opportunity for your questions in our live Q&A forum.

We are excited to welcome our expert VicSIS/SAEFVIC panel including Ms Mel Addison, Ms Adele Harris, Dr Sally Gordon, Prof Jim Buttery and A/Prof Nigel Crawford for this event.

Event details:
Date: Monday 26th April 2021
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm AEDT

Monday 26th April 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.15pmWelcome & updateDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Lead, MVEC Victoria, Australia
7.15pm – 7.45pmVaccine Safety Reporting 101 I have an adverse event following immunisation. What do I do and how do I report it? Ms Mel Addison/ Ms Adele Harris Immunisation Nurses, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia
7.45pm – 8.15pmVicSIS - What’s their role and when should you refer a patient?Dr Sally Gordon Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS) Manager, COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Department of Health Victoria, Australia
8.15pm - 8.30pmQ&A Panel - vaccine safety questions ClosingProf Jim Buttery Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection, SAEFVIC (MCRI) A/Prof Nigel Crawford Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Lead, 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.

Mel Addison
Immunisation Nurse, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia

Mel is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and experienced paediatric Nurse Consultant in Dermatology.  She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Health. Her current position as a Research Nurse with SAEFVIC (MCRI) incorporates her strong interest in paediatrics and vaccine safety. She is also passionate about immunisation education. Mel has worked as a casual Nurse Immuniser with a local council for 10 years.

Adele Harris
Immunisation Nurse, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia

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.

Dr Sally Gordon
Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS) Manager, COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Department of Health, Victoria

Dr Sally Gordon is the manager of the Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS) of the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Program. She has been working in the COVID-19 response team throughout the pandemic. Sally is a paediatric registrar by training and is combining a career in clinical medicine and public health to advance health equity.

Professor Jim Buttery
Medical Advisor, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre      

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.

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia  

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.


Special event - Tuesday 20th April 2021 (virtual event)

Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) & COVID-19 AstraZeneca

In light of the change in recommendation regarding the administration of COVID-19 AstraZeneca in those under 50 years, we are excited to be hosting a special clinical feature event on Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) & COVID-19 AstraZeneca. Our panel will be giving background on what this new syndrome is and explore its association with the vaccine. We will also discuss the importance of a risk-versus-benefit assessment and how this new recommendation will impact confidence in the vaccine rollout.

Event details:
Date: Tuesday 20th April 2021
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm AEDT

Tuesday 20th April 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.10pmWelcomeDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Lead, MVEC
7.10pm - 7.30pmThromboembolic diseases post COVID-19 vaccinesProf Jim Buttery Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection, SAEFVIC (Murdoch Children's Research Institute)
7.30pm - 7.50pmThrombosis with thrombocytopenia (TTS): understanding the mechanismProf Paul Monagle Professor of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
7.50pm - 8.10pmTTS and COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine: impact on Australian rolloutA/Prof Nigel Crawford Director, SAEFVIC/ MVEC (Murdoch Children's Research Institute)
8.10pm - 8.30pmQ & A Closing

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Advisor, 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.

Professor Jim Buttery
Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection, SAEFVIC (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)    

Prof Jim 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.

Professor Paul Monagle
Professor of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne 

Prof Paul Monagle is a past chair of the paediatric/perinatal Scientific Subcommittee of ISTH; leader ACCP /ASH antithrombotic guidelines in children for almost 2 decades; member of PODIUM, PEACE initiatives driving research in complex coagulopathies of childhood, and a key player in the Einstein Junior studies of rivaroxaban. Co-author of multiple textbooks; 40 chapters in major international textbooks; over 300 publications, with over 10000 citations.

Paul has long term interests in reference ranges and normative data, epidemiology of thrombosis in children, paediatric stroke, age related changes in anticoagulant use and monitoring and anticoagulant clinical trials.  Over the last 12 months he has been actively involved in research related to SarsCoV-2 and clotting.

Associate Professor Nigel Crawford
Director, SAEFVIC (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)    

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.


CVU mini - Monday 12th April 2021 (virtual event)

Hot topics in vaccine science

Our Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) mini’s are a series of webinar sessions for health care professionals. Each CVU mini will provide information on the latest in vaccine news and clinical updates from a range of presenters.

Update: At our upcoming CVU mini there will also be an opportunity to hear the latest update on vaccine safety concerns around clotting syndromes associated with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.

Event details:
Date: Monday 12th April, 2021
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm AEDT

This is a FREE event and will be held via Zoom.

Mon 12th April 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.10pmWelcomeDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Advisor, MVEC Victoria, Australia
7.10pm – 7.30pmInfluenza vaccines for 2021Prof Ian Barr Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza Victoria, Australia
7.30pm - 7.50pmCOVID-19 vaccine: vaccine allergy and rolloutProf Michael Gold Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia
7.50pm - 8.10pmOverview / update of the Novavax NVX-CoV2373 Vaccine CandidateProf Paul Heath Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Institute St George's University of London, London, United Kingdom. CI of UK Novavax Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial
8.10pm - 8.30pmQ & A Closing

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Advisor, 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.

Professor Ian Barr
Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Ian Barr is Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. Ian has had over 35 years’ experience in biological research and development in academic institutions and at CSL Limited on various topics such as vaccine development, mucosal immunology, adjuvants, cancer therapeutics, immune system development and diagnostics. Ian joined the Centre in 2000 and has served as Deputy Director since 2005. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Federation University and holds an honorary position at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Michael Gold
Professor, Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Adelaide, Australia       

Professor Michael Gold is a paediatric ​allergy and immunology specialist and senior lecturer in paediatrics at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. His research and clinical interests ​focus on the areas of childhood food allergy and vaccine safety. In 2010, he was the first Australian appointed to the World Health ​Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee for Vaccine Safety. He has been an expert vaccine advisor to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) since 2006. He is a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology (ASCIA) and the medical board of Allergy Anaphylaxis Australia

Professor Paul Heath
Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St George’s University of London & St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, London

Paul Heath is a Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London, where he co-leads the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group and is the Director of the Vaccine Institute. His training in paediatrics and infectious diseases was at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and St George’s Hospital, London. His particular research interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, in clinical vaccine trials, particularly in at-risk groups and in perinatal infections, and he has over 300 publications in these areas. He coordinates a European neonatal infection surveillance network (neonIN: https://www.neonin.org.uk) and the UK Paediatric Vaccine Group (UKPVG), and other recent work includes national surveillance on neonatal meningitis, neonatal GBS and Listeria infections, maternal immunisation trials, studies of different vaccine schedules in preterm infants and COVID-19 vaccine trials (Phase I-III). He sits on national UK committees concerned with meningitis, Group B streptococcus prevention, immunisation policies in children and COVID-19 vaccine trial delivery. He is Chair of the Research Committee of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Section Editor of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal (maternal & neonatal), Clinical Lead for Children’s research for South London and a member of the WHO GBS Surveillance Technical Working Group.


CVU mini - Tuesday 9th March, 2021 (virtual event)

Tue 9th March 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.10pmWelcomeDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Advisor, MVEC, Victoria, Australia
7.10pm – 7.30pmCOVID-19 vaccine stakeholder engagement and participationProf Benjamin Cowie Medical epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia
7.30pm - 7.50pmCOVID-19 vaccine communication and hesitancy (recording)A/Prof Melissa Stockwell Chief of Division of Child and Adolescent Health, Director of Center for Children’s Digital Health Research, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Co-Chair of Columbia University Irving Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Committee and co-PI of Columbia’s US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) site, New York, USA
7.50pm - 8.10pmVictorian Specialist Immunisation Service (VicSIS) update and international vaccine safety updateA/Prof Nigel Crawford Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Victoria, Australia
8.10pm - 8.30pmQ & A Closing

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Advisor, 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.

Professor Benjamin Cowie
Medical epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, DHHS Victoria

Prof Benjamin Cowie is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist, holding appointments with the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He is a medical epidemiologist with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He serves on a range of communicable disease, clinical and public health committees at state, national and international levels.

A/Prof Melissa Stockwell
Chief of Division of Child and Adolescent Health, Director of Center for Children’s Digital Health Research, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, New York, USA

A/Prof Stockwell is Chief of the Divisions of Child and Adolescent Health and an Associate professor of Pediatrics (Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Population and Family Health (Mailman School of Public Health). She is the Medical Director of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Immunization Registry, Co-Director of the Columbia University Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Community Health, Co-Chair of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Committee and co-PI of Columbia’s US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) site, and a New York based paediatrician. She serves on the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Immunization Improvement Team. Her research focuses on translational interventions to improve vaccinations with an emphasis on healthy technology and health literacy in order to promote vaccination and surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases and adverse events.

Associate Professor Nigel Crawford
Director of 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.

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CVU mini - Monday 8th February, 2021 (virtual event)

Mon 8th February 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.05pmWelcomeDr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Advisor, MVEC, Victoria, Australia
7.05pm – 7.20pmCOVID-19 vaccine platforms Prof Katie Flanagan Head of Infectious Diseases, Launceston General Hospital
7.20pm - 7.35pmCOVID-19 vaccine safetyProf Jim Buttery Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection, SAEFVIC (MCRI)
7.35pm - 7.50pmCOVID-19 vaccine rollout - VictoriaDr Annaliese Van Diemen Deputy Chief Health Officer, Communicable Disease, DHHS Victoria
7.50pm - 8.05pmCOVID-19 vaccine stakeholder engagement and participationProf Benjamin Cowie Medical epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia
8.05pm - 8.25pmQ & A Closing

Presenters

Dr Daryl Cheng
MBBS, MPH, FRACP Medical Advisor, 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.

Professor Katie Flanagan
Head of Infectious Diseases, Launceston General Hospital 

Prof Katie is Head of Infectious Diseases at Launceston General Hospital and is affiliated with the University of Tasmania, Monash University and RMIT where she is involved in a broad range of research projects, with her main interests being in vaccinology and infectious diseases immunology. She has led a number of vaccine immunology trials and serves as a member of ATAGI.

Professor Jim Buttery
Medical Advisor, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre

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.

Dr Annaliese van Diemen
Deputy Chief Health Officer, Communicable Diseases, DHHS Victoria

Dr van Diemen has experience across both public health and clinical medicine, and holds post graduate qualifications in public health and paediatrics. She has worked in hospital, public health and primary care settings in both Victoria and Western Australia. Her key interests are in antimicrobial resistance, health systems and vaccine preventable diseases. She is a fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Professor Benjamin Cowie
Medical epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, DHHS Victoria

Prof Benjamin Cowie is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist, holding appointments with the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He is a medical epidemiologist with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He serves on a range of communicable disease, clinical and public health committees at state, national and international levels.

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Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) – December 2020

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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.