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Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) 12th National Immunisation Conference (August 2010)

Aug 2010 - News

The Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) 12th National Immunisation Conference was held on 17th - 18th August 2010 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The PHAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on public health. The Association is also involved in advocacy for public health policy, development, research and training. Over 30 NCIRS staff members attended the conference and participated in presentations or poster displays. It was a successful event and well over 500 people from around the country from various health and medical backgrounds attended.

Invited speakers:
Professor Peter McIntyre - Progress reports: Pertussis 2010
Dr Kristine Macartney - Rotavirus vaccines in Australia: an update
Professor Robert Booy - Influenza vaccines: new and old

Other presentations:


Rotavirus vaccine coverage and the impact of the vaccine on the timeliness of other NIP vaccines recommended at the same age - Brynley Hull


Decennial administration of a reduced-antigen-content dTpa vaccine (Boostrix) in adults - Professor Robert Booy
Long term immunity of birth and one month old acellular pertussis (PA) vaccine - Dr Nick Wood
Impact of the national adolescent dTPa immunisation program - Dr Helen Quinn
Impact of removal of the 18 month DTPa dose on pertussis vaccine effectiveness - Dr Helen Quinn
Protecting infants from pertussis by immunising parents – a literature review - Kerrie Wiley

Varicella/Herpes zoster

The impact of varicella vaccination three years into a publicly funded program - Dr Anita Heywood

Congenital and neonatal varicella: impact of National Varicella Vaccination Program in Australia - Dr Gulam Khandaker
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Health AND Human papillomavirus vaccine: how effective is the uptake in Indigenous Australian females? - Telphia Joseph

Service delivery

Implementation of a state-wide policy directive for mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers - Dr Julie Leask
Awareness and attitudes toward adult pertussis vaccination recommendations in parents and carers of four and five year old children - Kerrie Wiley

Pneumococcal disease

Implementation of the national childhood pneumococcal immunisation program: stakeholder perspectives - Dr Aditi Dey

Viral diseases

Hospitalisation rates of seasonal influenza in non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children - Dr Clayton Chiu
The impact of hepatitis A vaccination of Indigenous Australian children - Dr Rob Menzies
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice
The adolescent’s experience of school-based HPV vaccination - Dr Spring Cooper
Caregivers’ intentions regarding seasonal influenza and H1N1 vaccines for their children - Maria Chow
Parents of children attending childcare – beliefs about seasonal and H1N1 influenza - Catherine King

Adverse events

Ten year clinic experience of adverse events following immunisation at The Children’s Hospital, at Westmead - Dr Nick Wood
Trends in surveillance of adverse events following immunisation in Australia 2000–2009 - Dr Deepika Mahajan

Bacterial diseases

Immunogenicity and safety of the combined Hib-MenC-TT vaccine in Hib-primed/MenC-unprimed toddlers - Professor Robert Booy
Hib disease in Indigenous Australian children, 1993–2008 - Dr Rob Menzies

PhD student awarded scholarship to present recent influenza findings

May 2010 - News

NCIRS PhD student Dr Gulam Khandaker was awarded a competitive scholarship to attend and present his research findings at the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) annual scientific meeting in Darwin in May.

As a member of the NCIRS clinical research team, Dr Khandaker is involved in multiple projects researching the control and management of influenza. The competitive scholarship provided by the ASID council allowed Dr Khandaker to present results from three independent influenza studies.

One of the studies described the challenges and difficulties associated with managing influenza outbreaks in aged care facilities during influenza pandemics. The results from this study were recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

The ASID annual conference is a national meeting which brings together researchers and specialists from a broad range of infectious disease fields, from microbial genomics to public health. Others from NCIRS who attended the 3-day conference included Director Professor Peter McIntyre and Head of Clinical Research Professor Robert Booy.

Dr Khandaker is currently completing his paediatrics specialist training while enrolled part time in a PhD at NCIRS under the supervision of Professor Robert Booy. His associate supervisor is Professor Dominic Dwyer from the University of Sydney.

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National meeting on pneumococcal disease (July 2009)

Jul 2009 - Events

PDFs of selected presentations available from links below:

Should Aboriginal children get both pneumococcal vaccines? - by Amanda Leach
How well is the 23vPPV working in the non-indigenous elderly? - by Rob Menzies
How well is the 23vPPV working in indigenous adults? - by Rob Menzies
Pneumococcal epidemiology in the conjugate vaccine era - can non-vaccine serotype replacement in carriage predict disease serotypes? - by Amanda Leach
PCR in pneumococcal disease diagnosis (and surveillance) - by Lyn Gilbert

Second Indigenous Immunisation Research Workshop (July 2009)

Jul 2009 - Events

PDFs of selected presentations are available from the links below:

A systems approach to improving immunisation timeliness - by Ross Bailie
NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Child and Adolescent Immunisation - by Terry Nolan
Immunisation Priorities for OATSIH - by Dr Geetha Isaac-Toua
Immunisation issues – ACCHS perspectives - by Jenny Hunt
Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health: Sexually transmitted and bloodborne viral infections - by James Ward
Estimates of hepatitis B infection - by Nick Wood
Universal paediatric influenza vaccination: the Western Australia experience - by Paul Effler
Immunisation of Indigenous people: Achievements and challenges - by Rob Menzies
Women, HPV, Indigenous, non-Indigenous Urban Rural Study - by Telphia Joseph

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Preventing Cervical Cancer: Integrating Screening and Vaccination (March 2009)

Mar 2009 - News

The Victorian Cytology Service Inc (VCS), in association with the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS), was proud to be the organiser of Preventing Cervical Cancer 2009: Integrating Screening and Vaccination (PCC2009).

PCC2009 brought together international and Australian experts in cervical screening, vaccination and cancer epidemiology to debate and explore current and future directions in the prevention of cervical cancer. It provided a forum for these experts to share their vision and influence policy development in the prevention of cervical cancer.

Australia’s cervical screening program is amongst the most successful in the world. Now, coupled with our world-leading commitment to population-based vaccination for high-risk HPV, Australia is poised to develop highly effective new models for cervical cancer prevention that could eventually lead to the almost total eradication of this disease.

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