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HNECCPHN, HNELHD, CCLHD Immunisation Conference

Jul 2017 - News

On July 22nd 600 nurses and General practitioners attended the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN), Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD), ​Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) Immunisation Conference. A/Prof Nick Wood, A/Prof Kristine Macartney and Ms Karen Orr attended the conference providing expert presentations on a range on Immunisation topics including current recommendations, vaccine safety and the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS)

Congratulations to A/Prof Nicholas Wood - Senior Clinical Research Fellow, NCIRS & the USYD Discipline of Child & Adolescent Health’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Team

Jul 2017 - News

Congratulations to the Discipline of Child & Adolescent Health’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Team which has won the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Research Higher Degree Supervision.

The HDR Team was recognised for having achieved excellence in all facets of HDR supervision, including student support / pastoral care, HDR research education / training, and ensuring the supervisors are well informed and supported.

The HDR Team:  A/Prof Nick Wood, Postgraduate Co-ordinator, and Deputy PGCs A/Prof Fabienne Brilot-Turville, Prof Ben Marais, Dr Andrew Biggin and Prof Rachel Skinner, with admin support from Denise Yuille.

NCIRS at the Communicable Diseases Conference

Jun 2017 - News

The Communicable Diseases Control (CDC) Conference 2017, convened by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, the Public Health Laboratory Network and the Public Health Association of Australia, was held in Melbourne from Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 June 2017. A/Prof Kristine Macartney, Deputy Director, NCIRS was an opening keynote speaker and presented on 'What we have learned from 10 years of PAEDS'. NCIRS staff also presented work in the areas of epidemiology, program evaluation, serosurveillance and vaccine safety. Highlights from the conference can found on Twitter. View NCIRS presentation highlights on the NCIRS Twitter page.  Select presentations are available on the CDC conference webpage.

PAEDS 10 Year Anniversary Showcase

Jun 2017 - News

PAEDS Investigation Nurses at the 10 Year Anniversary Showcase

In June 2017 Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) investigators, nurses and key stakeholders came together in Melbourne to discuss and present their work of 10 years in an anniversary showcase. PAEDS, originally founded through a collaboration between the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) and NCIRS has grown to surveillance at 7 sites across Australia, focusing on vaccine preventable diseases and serious childhood conditions of public health importance: Acute Flaccid Paralysis, intussusception, pertussis, varicella, febrile seizures, encephalitis, influenza and most recently meningococcal disease and group A streptococcal disease. Progress and outcomes from research into these conditions was presented at the showcase. PAEDS also celebrated Dr Philip Britton’s PhD award for investigation of acute childhood encephalitis, as well as a recently achieved NHMRC partnership grant that will support additional research into understanding why children become unwell with influenza and pertussis. Congratulations to PAEDS on 10 years and many wonderful achievements yet to come.

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Prof Peter McIntyre at the WHO Technical Expert Consultation on Optimization of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

Jun 2017 - News

On the 12-13 June 2017 Prof Peter McIntyre attended the WHO Technical Expert Consultation on Optimization of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) Impact held in Geneva, Switzerland at the WHO Headquarters



Immunisation: it’s not just for kids

Jun 2017 - Medicine Today; 18(6): 25-33 - News

In this article by Dr Lucy Deng, Ryan Macdougall, A/Prof. Kristine Macartney published in Medicine Today June 2017; 18(6): 25-33 the authors focus on the important, and sometimes overlooked, area of adult vaccination.


In an ageing population with a high burden of vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines are equally as important in adults as they are in children. Although there are many potential barriers to adult vaccination, these can be addressed, and every healthcare provider should routinely review the immunisation status of their adult patients as part of health promotion.

Key Points
  • Adults may require vaccines for multiple reasons, including incomplete childhood schedules, waning immunity, medical and lifestyle risk factors, occupation-related risks, travel and migration.
  • The majority of undervaccinated people in Australia (those who are eligible for vaccines under the National Immunisation Program but do not receive them) are adults.
  • Vaccines are one of the key components to healthy ageing, given the high burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in the older population.
  • More vaccines are becoming available and are recommended for the adult population, including zoster vaccine for adults aged 70 to 79 years.
  • Barriers to the delivery of adult vaccinations include cost, lack of documentation of doses previously received and public misconceptions about the need for vaccination in adulthood.
  • The ‘HALO’ (Health, Age, Lifestyle, Occupation) principle can be applied when assessing vaccine requirements for adults.
  • The Australian Immunisation Register, introduced in 2016, aims to capture all immunisations across the lifespan of a person.

Click here to access the full article

Building Trust, Managing Risk: Vaccine Confidence and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination meeting at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Jun 2017 - News

7-8 June 2017 - Building Trust, Managing Risk: Vaccine Confidence and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination - The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The Vaccine Confidence Project and the HPV Prevention and Control Board hosted the Building Trust, Managing Risk: Vaccine Confidence and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination meeting at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on7-8 June 2017. Sessions covered topics related to: The state of HPV vaccination in the world, HPV vaccination: real and perceived safety issues, Culture, religion and morality around HPV vaccination, Immunization anxiety reactions and the HPV vaccine, Engaging and communicating with different audiences, and Strategies to monitor, build and maintain confidence. A/Prof Kristine Macartney, Deputy Director, NCIRS was invited to the meeting to present on vaccine confidence and human papillomavirus vaccination in Australia.  Materials from the meeting, including videos, slides from the presentations and summarising illustrations are available at the meeting website.

Congratulations to Cristyn Davies and Samantha Carlson, NCIRS recipients of NSW Health PhD Scholarships

Jun 2017 - News

Congratulations to Cristyn Davies and Samantha Carlson, recipients of the NSW Health PhD Scholarship. This scholarship supports PhD candidates to gain skills and undertake projects that will build capacity in the NSW Health system in areas of identified need.

Based on the findings of a completed study about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in 40 Australian secondary schools ( funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Cristyn is investigating how a well-designed HPV vaccination intervention led to changes in knowledge and attitudes in adolescents and parents/guardians. She is also examining mechanisms within the school based vaccination environment for intervention effect, and will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to translate these findings into policy and assist best practice, and measure the effectiveness of these changes. Cristyn is supervised by Prof Rachel Skinner (USyd), A/Prof Kristine Macartney (NCIRS), and A/Prof Melissa Kang (UTS).

Through the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network, Samantha is investigating why children get severe influenza and pertussis, and is supervised by A/Prof Julie Leask (USyd) and A/Prof Kristine Macartney (NCIRS).  This project uses mixed-methods research with parents of children who have been hospitalised for influenza and pertussis. Guided by the social ecological model (SEM), the research will determine how social networks, organisations, communities, and policies influence a parent’s decision and action to vaccinate their child against influenza and pertussis. Results will be used to develop a causal pathway as well as practical recommendations to prevent children acquiring these vaccine preventable diseases.

2015 Annual Immunisation Coverage Report

May 2017 - News

The latest NCIRS national Annual Immunisation Coverage Report is now available along with a summary PDF document of key findings and accompanying PDF slideset document containing all tables and figures from the report. View the report here

Updated Factsheets

May 2017 - News

The following fact sheets have been updated and are now available on our factsheets webpage

Influenza vaccines for Australians [PDF – 573kB]

Vaccines for Australian adults [PDF – 309kB]

Meningococcal vaccines for Australians [PDF – 741kB]

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