Professor Kristine Macartney (Chair, Conference Advisory Committee)

Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) Professor, The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead (CHW) Clinical School Staff Specialist, Infectious Diseases, CHW


Prof Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales and undertook her specialty training in Sydney and in the United States at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She was a foundational member of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kristine is currently the Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), a paediatric infectious disease consultant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney. Her research interests include translation of evidence into policy and practice, vaccine safety, and most other areas of vaccine preventable diseases research, particularly in relation to rotavirus, varicella zoster virus and influenza. She is the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (9th and10th Editions and online) and has authored >130 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). She has acted as an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Kristine leads the Australian national AusVaxSafety and Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) networks, and is the founding chair of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA).

Mr Terry Slevin

CEO, Public Health Association of Australia

Terry Slevin has been Chief Executive Office for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) since May 2018.  He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University an Adjunct Professor in the College of Health and Medicine at the Australian National University.  He is a Fellow of PHAA and was the first Vice President (Development) of the Association.


Adj Prof Slevin is a regular media commentator on all aspects of public health and cancer, ranging from causes and early detection, to broader chronic disease prevention including nutrition, physical activity, weight control, alcohol, sun protection and gun control.  He also has a special interest in Occupational and environmental cancer risks.


Until April 2018 he was Director, Education and Research at Cancer Council WA where he worked since 1994. Mr Slevin holds a Masters in Public Health and an Honours degree in Psychology.

As well as serving as Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee, Mr Slevin has previously chaired Cancer Council's Skin Cancer Committee and was founding Chair of Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, where he served for 10 years.  He has contributed to the planning of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress from 2012 to 2016 and was Co Chair of the Scientific Committee for the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2018.

He is the editor of a book on skin cancer Sun, Skin and Health, released by CSIRO Publishing in 2014 and has published over 70 papers in the peer reviewed literature and a series of 15 articles on cancer myths.  


His current focus is on promoting evidence based public health policy in Australia with a focus on equity and improved health outcomes for the most disadvantaged Australians.

Ms Angela Newbound

Immunisation Hub Coordinator, Adelaide Primary Health Network

Angela Newbound is the SA PHN Immunisation Hub Coordinator based at the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) and an Immunisation Education Consultant. Angela is a Registered Nurse who has specialised in the field of immunisation for the past 17 years. Angela is responsible for the development and ongoing coordination of the SA PHN Immunisation Hub, a multi-faceted approach aimed at increasing immunisation uptake through Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) data interrogation, better understanding reasons for under-vaccination, improving accessibility to immunisation services and providing immunisation support and education to a wide range of health professionals, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists across South Australia.

Angela is passionate about the benefits of immunisation on public health, is co-convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia Immunisation Special Interest Group and a member of the Immunisation Coalition.

Professor Terry Nolan

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Head, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Terry Nolan is an epidemiologist, paediatrician, and public health physician. He trained in medical science and in medicine at the University of Western Australia, as a paediatric physician at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Montréal Children’s Hospital. He did his PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University.

He is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of the University of Melbourne, Foundation Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

He leads VIRGo (the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group), a collaboration between Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne.

He was a member since the mid-1990s of the Australian Government’s advisory bodies on immunisation policy and practice, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), which he chaired from 2005 until 2014. He was a member (2011-2018) of the WHO peak advisory body on global vaccination policy, the Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE).

His research has been predominantly in vaccine preventable disease, including epidemiologic studies and clinical trials of new vaccines. He has over 250 publications in journals such as MJA, Lancet, JAMA, and Journal of Infectious Diseases.

In addition, he has made substantial contributions to research policy and to the measurement of research quality and impact.

Associate Professor Julia Brotherton

Medical Director, VCS Population Health VCS Foundation Limited

B Med (Hons), MPH (Hons), Grad Dip App Epi, FAFPHM, PhD, GAICD

Associate Professor Brotherton is a public health physician and epidemiologist. As Medical Director of Population Health at VCS Foundation Limited (formerly Victorian Cytology Service), Julia has substantial expertise and experience in the delivery and evaluation of population-based screening and immunisation programs, and is internationally known for her work on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine impact.

For over fifteen years, Julia has undertaken research and policy development informing the implementation and evaluation of HPV vaccination and cervical screening programs. She has been a member of multiple advisory committees supporting these programs, and provides regular expert advice and review to international organisations. She is a member of the Director General’s Expert Advisory Group on Cervical Cancer Elimination. She was a lead investigator in Australian research which demonstrated the world’s first evidence of dramatic declines in both HPV infections and pre-cancerous cervical lesions in young women post- vaccination. She is a chief investigator of both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence TACTICS: Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Julia has over 180 publications to date and is passionate about using public health data to undertake policy-relevant research. A current focus in her work is equity and ensuring that programs are inclusive of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, so that no woman is left behind as we strive for elimination of cervical cancer.

Julia is a medical graduate from the University of Newcastle, has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and holds a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine. She is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Professor Helen Marshall

Medical Director VIRTU & Prof Vaccinology, Adelaide Medical School, Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide



Professor Marshall is a medical researcher and NHMRC Research Fellow with specialist training in child health, public health and vaccinology having completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Doctorate of Medicine, Master in Public Health and Diploma in Child Health and completed the Advanced Vaccinology Course at the Pasteur Merieux Institute, France.  She holds the position Professor in Vaccinology in the Adelaide Medical School and is the Deputy Director, Clinical and Translational Research of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Senior Medical Practitioner and Medical Director of the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. In recognition of her research leadership she was awarded the South Australia Science Award for Excellence in Research for the Public Good,  South Australia Science Award for Excellence in Research Collaboration and NHMRC’s “10 of the best” in 2016. Professor Marshall’s research program aims to improve infectious disease prevention to reduce the burden of disease from serious infections in infants and children.

Dr Holly Seale

Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales

Dr Holly Seale is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales in Australia. She has over 10 years of experience in undertaking social science research focused on improving confidence and engagement of different at-risk groups with immunisation and other prevention strategies. Projects include developing and testing interventions and evaluating policy/programs and communication strategies. Her current research is focused on children and adults with medical comorbidities, refugees and migrants and healthcare workers. She is the Deputy Chair for the Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI) network and one of the Research Chairs for the Sabin’s Vaccine and Acceptance Research Network (VARN).

Associate Professor Nicholas Wood

Senior Staff Specialist, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance


Nicholas Wood is a staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor and Academic Lead (Higher Degree Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at The University of Sydney. He holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He leads the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service and coordinates the Immunisation Adverse Events Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He is a senior investigator on the Primary Health network immunisation Support program. He is interested in maternal and neonatal immunisation, as well as research into vaccine safety, including genetics and long-term outcomes of adverse events following immunisation.

Ms Michelle Wills

Learning and Education Specialist, South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

As an experienced registered nurse Michelle's expertise and knowledge have been gained in acute and primary health care settings. Michelle worked extensively in government funded not for profit organisations to promote continuous improvement in planning and coordinating primary health care services through evidence based and innovative quality practice.

Michelle provided and facilitated education at local, state and national levels to an array of healthcare providers ranging from small groups through to conferences.

Professor Paul Effler

Senior Medical Advisor, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health Western Australia, Adjunct/University of Western Australia School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Ms Suzie Clews

Aboriginal Project Officer, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Immunisation, Surveillance and Disease Control Program, Department of Health

Suzie Clews is of Aboriginal heritage, a descendent of the Maduwongga peoples (Wangkatha) from the Goldfields region of Western Australia, currently residing on Noongar (Whadjuk) country Perth.

Suzie is an Aboriginal Health Promotion specialist skilled in Aboriginal health, child development and communicable disease.

Suzie holds a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health Promotion focused in public health education and prevention from the University of Sydney and Masters Candidate for 2020 at Sydney University.

Ms Jo Rogers

Clinical Nurse Specialist, CAHS Aboriginal Health Team, Child & Adolescent Community Health

Ms Hope Peisley

A/g Assistant Secretary, Immunisation Branch, Office of Health Protection, Australian Government Department of Health

Hope Peisley is the acting Assistant Secretary of the Immunisation Branch in the Office of Health Protection at the Commonwealth Department of Health with responsibility for the implementation of the National Immunisation Program in conjunction with states and territories. Ms Peisley is a public servant with over 9 years’ experience working in the Commonwealth Department of Health. Ms Peisley holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Public Health.

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