The National Immunisation Conference has been held in Australia approximately every two years. The conference is an important vehicle for highlighting challenges relating to immunisation in Australia and the region. 

The biennial National Immunisation Conferences are the peak public health conferences in Australia with the prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases through immunisation as their focus. Run by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), the first conference was held in Canberra in 1987 and over the last 30 years the conferences have grown in stature and influence.

The 2021 National Immunisation Conference will be held as a virtual conference from Tuesday 29 June to Thursday 1 July 2021.

In 2021 the Conference theme has been updated to ‘Immunisation in the COVID pandemic era’.

Australia has succeeded remarkably in stemming the COVID-19 pandemic through effective strategies to reduce transmission and immunisation will be the most important tool in our weaponry going forward. First Nations Peoples of Australia have demonstrated to us how leadership, consultation, collaboration and effective communication can keep our communities safe during these challenging times. Government, pharma and academia have never previously worked together so hard, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines as a priority for the world’s population, but questions still remain about safety and effectiveness in vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women.

More than ever, new technologies are being employed and a new world of improved vaccines awaits us.  Equity, access and uptake of COVID vaccines and other established immunisation programs will remain the priority for all nations. 

This conference will provide a dynamic and engaging forum to discuss all the latest developments in immunisation. 2021 heralds a new and exciting decade of opportunity in preventative health care, of which immunisation is a flagship. The program will include keynote presentations and selected long, short and table top abstract presentations.

We warmly encourage you to lock the date in your diaries to join us virtually at the 17th National Immunisation Conference.

Conference Topics


The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in immunisation from laboratory bench to clinic, from academia and policy making to the service provision coalface.

We invite you to submit abstracts under the following session themes:

  • ​Vaccine Preventable Diseases; e.g. existing viral or bacterial vaccine preventable diseases and newly vaccine preventable diseases

  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases in special populations and across the life course; e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants/refugees and other

  • Vaccine Safety 

  • Vaccine Coverage 

  • Immunisation acceptance, demand and hesitancy 

  • Immunisation Equity, and Access

  • Immunisation Programs and Service delivery; e.g. new programs, the National Immunisation Program or others

  • Immunisation in select settings; e.g. Primary Care, Schools and Local Government, pharmacies

  • Program Implementation and communication strategies

  • Clinical practice ; e.g. clinical challenges, immunisation administration 

  • Advocacy and Government Policy; e.g. ‘No Jab, no pay’, ‘No Jab, no play’ and vaccine policy making

  • Innovation and new technologies, including new vaccines

Conference objectives

  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Highlight the challenges, opportunities and activities in immunisation to encourage engagement by delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australian’s;

  • Engage professionals from a range of sectors in immunisation;

  • Provide guidance and insight into capacity building and strengthening of immunisation; 

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for communities – from local to global


Target audience


The conference will aim to facilitate conversations on improving effectiveness and efficiencies of immunisation through knowledge sharing and relationship building. The program must consider the needs and interests of the immunisation-focussed audience to ensure attraction and participation to the conference.

The target audience will be stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Health care professionals – doctors, nurses, allied health, pharmacy, etc working in immunisation and public health;

  • Vaccine preventable disease control from laboratory bench to clinic;

  • Commonwealth, state and local government – Ministers, Chief Health officers and staff, and health and social sector department representatives;

  • Communicable disease epidemiology and laboratory science;

  • Academia;

  • NGO/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers; and

  • Organisations in other preventative health fields