Role

The working group will provide advice to the Government on the effective and equitable use of COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia, as directed by the Department of Health.

Background

Delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine(s) is a critical and urgent need in the global and Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce has identified Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) as the appropriate committee to provide the Minister for Health with evidence-based advice on immunisation policies, programs and priorities.

Terms of reference

  • Provide technical advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.
  • Identify and prioritise gaps in the immunisation landscape to improve impact, confidence and equity with the use of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Advise on the content of clinical and other communication materials, including updating the Australian Immunisation Handbook for any COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Consult with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) and other national committees on matters relating to the implementation of immunisation policies, procedures and vaccine safety related to COVID-19 vaccines.

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Members

The working group members are listed as at March 2021.

Additional experts are invited as required in a temporary capacity.

The group is led by an executive team and has 3 subgroups:

  1. Vaccine utilisation and prioritisation
  2. Vaccine distribution and program implementation
  3. Vaccine safety, evaluation, monitoring and confidence.

ATAGI COVID-19 Executive Team

Name

Area of Expertise

Position

A/Prof Christopher Blyth (Co-chair)

Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Epidemiology

Paediatrician Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist, University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children’s Hospital and PathWest Laboratory

Prof Allen Cheng (Co-chair)

Epidemiology, Public Health, Infectious Diseases

Infectious Disease Physician and Director, Infection Prevention Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health
Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Prof Katie Flanagan (Subgroup 1 Lead)

Vaccine immunology, clinical trials and vaccines, clinical infectious diseases

Head of Infectious Diseases, Launceston General Hospital
Clinical Professor, University of Tasmania
Adjunct Professor, RMIT
Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University

Dr Robyn Gibbs (Subgroup 2 Lead)

National Immunisation Committee (NIC)

Manager, Immunisation Program, Department of Health, Western Australia

A/Prof Nigel Crawford (Subgroup 3 Lead)

Vaccine Safety, Special Risk Groups

Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Medical Head, Immunisation Services, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Prof Kristine Macartney

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), Vaccinologist, infectious diseases and paediatrics

Director, NCIRS
Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Ms Lisa Schofield

Department of Health Representative

Head, COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy Taskforce Division, Department of Health

Ms Hope Peisley

Department of Health Representative

Lead, Vaccine Policy Branch, Department of Health

Subgroup 1 – Vaccine utilisation and prioritisation

Name

Area of expertise

Position

Prof Katie Flanagan
(Lead)

Vaccine immunology, clinical trials and vaccines, clinical infectious diseases

Head of Infectious Diseases, Launceston General Hospital; Clinical Professor, University of Tasmania; Adjunct Professor, RMIT; Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University

A/Prof Christopher Blyth
(Co-chair)

Infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, epidemiology

Paediatrician Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist, University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children’s Hospital and PathWest Laboratory

Dr Penny Burns

Primary Care representative

General Practitioner, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University, Doctoral candidate Australian National University

Prof Angus Dawson

Bioethics

Professor of Bioethics and Director of Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney

Prof David Durrheim

Public Health, vaccinology,  infectious diseases

Director Health Protection – Hunter New England Health and Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of Newcastle

Prof Kirsten Howard

Health economics

Professor of Health Economics, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

A/Prof Vanessa Johnston

Public Health Physician, Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) representative

Deputy Chief Health Officer, ACT Health; Associate Professor, ANU Medical School

Dr Richard Kidd

General Practice

General Practitioner, Chair Australian Medical Association Council of General Practice,
Chair Health Sector Group Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council Department of Home Affairs, Co-Chair Aged Care Advisory Group Australian Digital Health Agency, Clinical Lead Brisbane North Primary Health Network, member various Department of Health / Department of Veterans' Affairs / Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care committees

A/Prof Bette Liu

Epidemiology, public health

Associate Professor, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Prof Kristine Macartney

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), vaccinology, infectious diseases and paediatrics

Director, NCIRS; Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Prof Jodie McVernon

Epidemiology, modelling, public health

Director of Doherty Epidemiology, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne

Prof Tom Snelling

Paediatrics and special risk groups, epidemiology

Head, Health and Clinical Analytics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Prof Kanta Subbarao

Virology, paediatric infectious diseases

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne

Prof James Ward

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative; Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) representative

Director, UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health; Professor, School of Public Health, University of Queensland

A/Prof James Wood

Modelling, epidemiology, public health

Associate Professor in Mathematical Epidemiology, School of Population Health UNSW Sydney

Subgroup 2 – Vaccine distribution and program implementation

Name

Area of expertise

Position

Dr Robyn Gibbs (Lead)

National Immunisation Committee (NIC)

Manager, Immunisation Program, Department of Health, Western Australia

Ms Karen Bellamy

Public health nurse, vaccination procedures

Immunisation/VPD Surveillance Nurse, Monash Children’s Hospital

Mr Scott Brown

Program implementation

A/Manager Immunisation Program, Communicable Diseases Branch Prevention Division, Queensland Health

Dr Katherine Gibney

Infectious diseases physician, epidemiology

Infectious Diseases Physician, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Senior Research Fellow, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

A/Prof Michelle Giles

Infectious diseases physician

Infectious Diseases Physician (Alfred Health, Monash Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health); Adult Immunisation Physician (Monash Health, Sunshine Hospital)

Ms Madeline Hall

Public health nurse, vaccination procedures

Nurse Practitioner, Queensland Health

Dr Chris Moy

General Practice Australian Medical Association Vice President

Prof Lena Sanci

Primary care representative

Head/Professor; Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School; Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences

Dr Nicholas Silberstein

General practitioner

General Practitioner, Victoria

Dr Annaliese van Diemen

Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) representative

Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease) Regulation, Health Protection & Emergency Management, Department of Health & Human Services

Subgroup 3 – Vaccine safety, evaluation, monitoring and confidence

Name

Area of expertise

Position

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
(Lead)

Vaccine safety, special risk groups

Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Medical Head, Immunisation Services, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Dr Katie Attwell

Vaccination social science and public policy Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia

Prof Allen Cheng
(Co-Chair)

Epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases

Infectious Disease Physician and Director, Infection Prevention Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health; Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Ms Kristy Cooper

Primary Health Care Practice, Bioethics and Cultural Safety in Healthcare, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare

Indigenous Academic Fellow, School of Nursing University of Tasmania; Family Nurse Practitioner,
Authorised Immunisation Provider

A/Prof Margie Danchin

Vaccination social and behavioural science (risk communication, community engagement) and vaccine safety 

Group Leader, Vaccine Uptake, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne; Paediatrician, Royal Children's Hospital
Chair, Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI)

Prof Paul Effler

Safety and evaluation

Senior Medical Advisor, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health, Western Australia; Clinical Professor/University of Western Australia

Prof Cheryl Jones

Paediatrics, infectious diseases

Head of School and Dean, Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney

Prof John Kaldor

Communicable Diseases Network Australia representative; epidemiology and disease prevention

Professor of Epidemiology and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Adj Prof Tony Korman

Infectious diseases, microbiology

Director, Monash Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Monash Health

Dr Alan Leeb

Primary care representative

General Practitioner, Illawarra Medical Centre; SmartVax Safety Monitoring; AusVaxSafety

Ms Debra Petrys

Consumer representative

Consumers Health Forum

Ms Diane Walsh

Consumer representative

Consumers Health Forum

Therapeutic Goods Administration representative

Vaccine pharmacovigilance

Senior Medical Officer, Signal Investigation Unit, Pharmacovigilance and Special Access Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration

Staff from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) provide technical support to the ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group and its Subgroups, including: Alexis Pillsbury, Bianca Bullivant, Catherine King, Catherine Tran, Clayton Chiu, Cyra Patel, Harunor Rashid, Helen Quinn, Jean Li-Kim-Moy, Ketaki Sharma, Lauren Dalton, Lucy Armstrong, Maryke Steffens, Sanjay Jayasinghe, Ye Jin (Zoe) Joo and Zhicheng Wang.

Publications

Related committees or groups

This group reports to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

    Contact

    ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group contact

    Contact the Advisory Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) COVID-19 Working Group.

    ATAGI.COVID19WG [at] health.gov.au

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    Last updated: 
    10 March 2021