Immunise Australia Program
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Immunisation Advisory Bodies

Information about groups that provide advice to government on immunisation and vaccination.


Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provides advice to the Minister for Health on the Immunise Australia Program and other related issues. In addition to technical experts, ATAGI's membership includes a consumer and general practitioners.

ATAGI Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) are to:

ATAGI Membership at 4 July 2014

Voting Members

Name Area of Expertise Position
Prof. Ross Andrews Chair, Epidemiologist/ Indigenous Health Deputy Director
Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, NT
Assoc/Prof. Christopher Blyth Microbiology/ Paediatric Infectious Disease Microbiologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
Dr Nigel Crawford Vaccine Safety and special risk groups Consultant Paediatrician and Deputy Director Surveillance of adverse events following vaccination in the community (SAEFVIC)
Prof. David Durrheim Public Health Medicine Director Health Protection - Population Health, Hunter New England Health and Conjoint Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of Newcastle
Ms Madeline Hall Public health nurse/ vaccination procedures Communicable Diseases Branch, Queensland Health
Prof. David Isaacs Member-in-Common, ATAGI and PBAC
Use of vaccines and immunobiologic agents in clinical practice or preventative medicine
Clinical Professor, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital Westmead, the University of Sydney
Assoc/Prof. Helen Marshall Clinical and Clinical Trial/Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Research expertise Senior Medical Practitioner and Medical Director, Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Robinson Research Institute and School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Assoc/Prof. Jodie McVernon Research/ Clinical/ Laboratory Vaccine Research Program Leader, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
Ms Debra Petrys Consumer Representative Consumer Health Forum
Dr Greg Rowles General Practice General Practitioner
Prof. Steven Wesselingh Microbiology/ Infectious Disease Executive Director, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Ex-officio members

Name Area of Expertise Position
Dr Ting Lu Representative from the Therapeutic Goods Administration Office of Medicines Authorisation, Market Authorisation Group, Therapeutic Goods Administration
Ms Karen Peterson National Immunisation Committee (NIC) Immunisation Manager, Queensland Health
Prof. Peter McIntrye National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) Director, NCIRS
Ms Julianne Quaine Representative from Department of Health Assistant Secretary, Immunisation Branch, Department of Health
Assoc/Prof. Ann Koehler Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health

Further Information

Postal address:
ATAGI Secretariat
Department of Health
Immunisation Branch
GPO Box 9848—MDP 13
CANBERRA ACT 2601

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ATAGI Bulletins

ATAGI Forum (username and password required)

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National Immunisation Committee (NIC)

The National Immunisation Committee is the peak group responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and delivery of the Immunise Australia Program and reports to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) through the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).

NIC Terms of Reference

  1. Lead policy development and evaluation with respect to implementation of the National Immunisation Program and provide advice on strategic directions. Although NIP vaccines are the main focus and priority of NIC, this does not preclude consideration of implementation issues for other vaccines.
  2. Consult and collaborate with stakeholders and other peak immunisation related committees (including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation [ATAGI] and the Communicable Disease Network Australia [CDNA]) on the development of national immunisation priorities, strategies and service delivery.
  3. Provide advice on communication strategies and materials for informing providers and the community about immunisation policy and programs.
  4. Establish task-oriented and/or time-limited working groups as required.

NIC Membership

Membership includes:

The Chair of NIC is the Assistant Secretary, Immunisation Branch of the Department of Health.

The Deputy Chair of NIC is the CDNA's nominee.

NIC Membership at 4 July 2014

Voting Members

Name Role Position/Organisation
Ms Julianne Quaine Chair Assistant Secretary, Immunisation Branch, Department of Health
Dr Vicky Sheppeard Deputy Chair Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA)
Dr Jason Agostino Member Representative National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO)
Ms Carolyn Banks Jurisdictional Representative Australian Capital Territory Health
Mr Michael Batchelor Jurisdictional Representative Department of Health, Victoria
Ms Karen Booth Member Representative Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
Ms Sue Campbell-Lloyd Jurisdictional Representative New South Wales Health
Dr Chris Clohesy Member Representative Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Dr Jane Cook TGA Representative Office Head, Office of Product Review Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Ms Simone Duncombe Jurisdictional Representative Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
Dr Paul Effler Jurisdictional Representative Department of Health, Western Australia
Ms Janice Finlayson Member Representative Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia (MCaFHNA)
Dr Pauline Glover Member Representative Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
Mr Ian Hawkins Member Representative Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)
Mr Brendon Kelaher National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
Ms Alison Marcus Consumer Representative Consumer Health Forum of Australia
Prof. Peter McIntyre Technical Expert National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
Dr Dennis Pashen Member Representative Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)
Ms Karen Peterson Jurisdictional Representative Queensland Health
Dr Rosalie Schultz Member Representative Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Ms Maureen Watson Jurisdictional Representative Department of Health, South Australia
Dr Rosalind Webby Jurisdictional Representative Northern Territory Department of Health

Further Information

Postal address
NIC Secretariat
Department of Health
Immunisation Branch
GPO Box 9848—MDP 13
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email: NIC Secretariat

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