Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) 2021

Our annual Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) will take place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th November 2021.

This 2-day virtual program will allow participants to choose from keynote sessions delivered on our virtual main stage in addition to themed seminars and interactive workshops hosted by industry experts, addressing the most important issues in immunisation.

Register now and don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest insights and learnings from leading immunisation professionals!

Thursday 18th November 2021 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEDT)Session
Opening plenary
9.30am - 9.45amWelcome to country Conference welcome Speaker: A/Prof Nigel Crawford, Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC) MC: Dr Daryl Cheng
9:45am - 10:30amPlenary: COVID-19 - lessons on clinical leadership from a year working in government Speaker: Prof Allen Cheng, Director of Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Professor in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
10.30am - 11.15amCOVID-19 and kids 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 Moderator: Rachael McGuire/Francesca Machingaifa Elective seminar #2 Immunocompromised in Special Risk Groups Speaker: Prof Jim Buttery Moderator: Dr Daryl Cheng
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch
Concurrent sessions - Workshops 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Workshop #1 Allergy Speaker: Sara Barnes Moderator: Dr Josh OsowickiWorkshop #2 Vaccine consent Speaker: Rachael McGuire/Francesca Machingaifa Moderator: Dr Daryl Cheng Workshop #3 Vaccine confidence Speaker: Dr Jess Kaufman Moderator: Dr Angie Berkhout
Concurrent sessions - Workshops 2.30pm - 3.15pm
Workshop #4 Allergy Speaker: Sara Barnes Moderator: Dr Josh OsowickiWorkshop #5 De-escalation in the immunisation setting (tips on managing difficult patient/caller) Speaker: Sarah Pitts/ Karen Bellamy Moderator: Francesca MachingaifaWorkshop #6 Needle phobia and management strategies Speaker: Lynne Addlem Moderator: Rachael McGuire

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 Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) and Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community (SAEFVIC), MCRI
Head of Immunisation Services, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Chair, ATAGI, Immunisation
Senior Medical Advisor, Victorian Department of Health, COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Professor Allen Cheng 
Director, Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health
Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
Infectious Diseases Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, The Alfred and Central Clinical School, Monash University

Professor Fiona Russell

Group Leader/Senior Principal Research Fellow

Professor Fiona Russell (BMBS, Grad Dip(Clin Epi), Dip Paeds, MPHTM, FRACP, PhD) 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

Professor 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

Dr Sara Barnes 
Head of Allergy, Monash Health

Associate Professor (adjunct) Sara Barnes

Clinical Lead Allergy Monash health.

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. She is passionate about patient care. Her MBA has allowed her to develop sustainable modules of care that are innovative. In her spare time she is committed to the General Medicine service at Monash Health.

Rachael McGuire 
Education Nurse Coordinator, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) and Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), MCRI

Francesca Machingaifa 
Education Nurse Coordinator, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) and Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), MCRI

Dr Jessica Kaufman

Research fellow in the 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.

Jessica is an editor and author with the Cochrane Consumers and Communication review group, which publishes systematic reviews on health communication and participation interventions.

Sarah Pitts
Immunisation Nurse, Monash Health

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. Josh worked with a multinational team of investigators to select and characterise a human challenge strain, design the study protocol, and undertake an initial dose-finding trial to establish the safety and reliability of the model. Josh works clinically as a consultant Paediatric Infectious Diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Sarah Pitts
Immunisation Nurse, Monash Health

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

Dr Angie Berkhout

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

Clinical Research Fellow, MCRI

Immunisation Fellow, MVEC, 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 - 9.45amWelcome to country Conference welcome Speaker: A/Prof Nigel Crawford, Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC) MC: Dr Daryl Cheng
9:45am - 10:30amPlenary: Light for Riley: A Community Perspective on Immunisation Speaker: Catherine Hughes, Immuniser Champion, Founder of Light for Riley – Immunisation Foundation of Australia
11.15am - 11.45am Morning tea break
Concurrent sessions - Workshops 11.00am - 11.45am
Workshop #7 CALD communities Speaker:TBC Moderator: Dr Daryl ChengWorkshop #8 Immuniser tips: how to deal with difficult patients Speaker: Karen Bellamy/Sarah Pitts Moderator: Dr Daryl Cheng Workshop #9 Vaccine errors Speaker: Georgina Lewis Moderator: Rachael McGuire
Concurrent sessions - Elective seminars 12pm - 12.45pm
Elective seminar #3 Myocarditis and pericarditis Speaker: Dr Daryl Cheng Moderator: Francesca MachingaifaElective seminar #4 COVID-19 vaccines: booster and third doses Speaker: A/Prof Nigel Crawford Moderator: Rachael McGuire
11.15am - 11.45am Lunch
Closing plenary
1.45pm - 2.30pmPanel session: Mandatory vaccination and no fault compensation Speaker: 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 youngest child Riley died from whooping cough at one month old. Catherine has channelled her energy into immunisation awareness and established the “Light for Riley” Facebook page which now reaches more than 70,000 people. Catherine has met with politicians, attended parenting expos, raised over $70,000 for whooping cough research, instigated a viral campaign for the donation of over 45,000 vaccines to UNICEF and shared her story to ensure no other family has to live without their child due to a preventable disease.

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
Head of Immunisation Services, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Chair, ATAGI, Immunisation
Senior Medical Advisor, Victorian Department of Health, COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Professor Julie Leask
Professor, Sydney Nursing School, Faculty of Medicine and Health
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

Professor Lynn Gillam
Academic Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor in Health Ethics at the Centre for Health and Society, The University of Melbourne

Professor 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