Role

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

Background

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

Terms of reference

  • Provide technical advice to the Minister for Health and Aged Care 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.

Membership

Professor Allen Cheng and Professor Chris Blyth ceased as ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Co-Chairs on 31 December 2021. From 1 January 2022, Professor Michelle Giles (ATAGI Deputy Chair) and Professor Katie Flanagan are the ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group co-leads.

The ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group was reviewed in December 2021 and a revised structure took effect in January 2022.

The ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group meets weekly and is supported by two other groups:

  • ATAGI COVID-19 Safety Group
  • ATAGI COVID-19 Executive.

Members are listed below, and additional experts are invited to specific meetings as required.

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group

Name Area of expertise Position

Prof Michelle Giles

ATAGI Deputy Chair,

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Co - Lead,

ATAGI voting member

Infectious Diseases Physician, Maternal Immunisation

Infectious Diseases Physician (Alfred Health, Monash Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health)

Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University

Department of Infectious Diseases, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Prof Katie Flanagan

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Co - Lead,

ATAGI voting member

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

Ms Karen Bellamy

ATAGI voting member

Immunisation Nurse Practitioner, immunisation, research, COVID-19 vaccine safety, Monash Health, South East Public Health Unit (SEPHU)

Immunisation/VPD Surveillance Nurse, Monash Children’s Hospital

A/Prof Penelope Burns

ATAGI voting member

Primary Care representative

General Practitioner

Clinical A/Professor, Australian National University

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University

Prof Allen Cheng

ATAGI voting member

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

ATAGI voting member

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 Nigel Crawford

ATAGI Chair,

Executive Working Group Lead,

ATAGI voting member

Executive Working Group Lead and Chair, 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 Lucas de Toca PSM

Ex-officio member

Department of Health and Aged Care representative

First Assistant Secretary, Implementation and Primary Care Response

Dr Louise Flood

Ex-officio member

Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA)

Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch, Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia

Dr Katherine Gibney

ATAGI voting member

Infectious Diseases Physician, Epidemiology

Infectious Diseases Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, The Austin Hospital

NHMRC Early Career Fellow, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Prof Cheryl Jones

ATAGI voting member

Paediatrics, Infectious diseases Physician,

Head of School and Dean, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Sydney Medical School Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (Children’s at Westmead)

Adj A/Prof Tony Korman

COVID-19 Safety Group Lead,

ATAGI voting member

Infectious diseases, Microbiology

Director, Monash Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Monash Health

A/Prof Bette Liu

ATAGI voting member

Epidemiology, Public Health

School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Prof Kristine Macartney

Ex-officio member

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Director, NCIRS

Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Mr Dave McNally

Ex-officio member

Department of Health and Aged Care representative

Assistant Secretary, Medical Policy and Commonwealth State Engagement Branch

Dr Nicholas Silberstein

ATAGI voting member

General Practitioner

General Practitioner, Victoria

TGA representative

Ex-officio member

Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) representative

Deputy Secretary, Health Products Regulation Group

Prof Tom Snelling

ATAGI voting member

Paediatrics and special risk groups, epidemiology

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

Ms Diane Walsh

ATAGI voting member

Consumer representative

Consumers Health Forum

Dr Andrew Wilson

Ex-officio member

Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

Chair, PBAC

A/Prof James Wood

ATAGI voting member

Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Population Health

School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Executive Working Group

Name Area of expertise Position

A/Prof Nigel Crawford

ATAGI Chair,

Executive Working Group Lead,

ATAGI voting member

Vaccine Safety, special risk

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 Lucas de Toca PSM

Ex-officio member

Department of Health and Aged Care representative

First Assistant Secretary, Implementation and Primary Care Response

Prof Katie Flanagan

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Co-Lead,

ATAGI voting member

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

Prof Michelle Giles

ATAGI Deputy Chair,

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Co-Lead,

ATAGI voting member

Infectious Diseases Physician, Maternal Immunisation

Infectious Diseases Physician (Alfred Health, Monash Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health)

Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University

Department of Infectious Diseases, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

A/Prof Bette Liu

ATAGI voting member

Epidemiology, Public Health

School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Prof Kristine Macartney

Ex-officio member

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Director, NCIRS

Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Mr Dave McNally

Ex-officio member

Department of Health and Aged Care representative

Assistant Secretary, Medical Policy and Commonwealth State Engagement Branch

COVID-19 Safety Group

Name

Area of expertise

Position

Adj A/Prof Tony Korman

COVID-19 Safety Group Lead

ATAGI voting member

Infectious diseases, Microbiology

Director, Monash Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Monash Health

Prof Allen Cheng

ATAGI voting member

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

ATAGI voting member

Primary Health Care Practice, Bioethics and Cultural Safety in Healthcare, First Nations Healthcare

Senior Nurse Practitioner

Authorised Immunisation Provider

Tasmanian Aboriginal Health Service

A/Prof Nigel Crawford

ATAGI Chair

Executive Working Group Lead

ATAGI voting member

Vaccine Safety, special risk

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 Paul Effler

Co-opted expert

Safety and evaluation

Senior Medical Advisor, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health, Western Australia

Clinical Professor/University of Western Australia

Dr Katherine Gibney

ATAGI voting member

Infectious Diseases Physician, Epidemiology

Infectious Diseases Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, The Austin Hospital

NHMRC Early Career Fellow, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Prof Michelle Giles

ATAGI Deputy Chair,

ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Co-Lead,

ATAGI voting member

Infectious Diseases Physician, Maternal Immunisation

Infectious Diseases Physician (Alfred Health, Monash Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health)

Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University

Department of Infectious Diseases, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Prof Cheryl Jones

ATAGI voting member

Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases Physician,

Head of School and Dean, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Sydney Medical School Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (Children’s Hospital at Westmead)

Dr Alan Leeb

Co-opted expert

Primary care representative

General Practitioner, Illawarra Medical Centre

SmartVax Safety Monitoring

AusVaxSafety

Prof Kristine Macartney

Ex-officio member

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Director, NCIRS

Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Ms Diane Walsh

ATAGI voting member

Consumer representative

Consumers Health Forum

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) representative

Vaccine pharmacovigilance

Pharmacovigilance and Special Access Branch, TGA

Staff from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) provide specialist technical support to the ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group. They include:

  • Ms Lucy Armstrong
  • Dr Clayton Chiu
  • Ms Lauren Dalton
  • Dr Sanjay Jayasinghe
  • Dr Catherine King
  • Dr Jana Lai
  • Dr Jean Li-Kim-Moy
  • Ms Katrina Nicolopoulos
  • Dr Daniel Norman
  • Ms Cyra Patel
  • Dr Helen Quinn,
  • Dr Ketaki Sharma
  • Dr Ben Smith
  • Dr Nicole Sonneveld
  • Ms Catherine Tran
  • Ms Madeline Valeri
  • Ms Amanda Van Eldik
  • Dr Zhicheng (Jeff) Wang
  • Dr Phoebe Williams

Technical experts

The following technical experts may be asked to attend ATAGI meetings on a case by case basis depending on the topic under consideration.

Name

Area of expertise

Position

A/Prof Katie Attwell Vaccination social science and public policy Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Western Australia 

Prof Chris Blyth

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

Mr Scott Brown

Program implementation

Assistant State Director, COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Queensland Health

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 David Durrheim

Public Health, vaccinology, infectious diseases

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

Prof Paul Effler

Safety and evaluation

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

Ms Madeline Hall

Public health nurse, vaccination procedures

Nurse Practitioner, Queensland Health

Prof Kirsten Howard

Health economics

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

Prof John Kaldor Epidemiology and disease prevention Professor of Epidemiology and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Dr Catherine King

Vaccination social and behavioural science

Information Manager, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Dr Alan Leeb

Primary care representative

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

Prof Jodie McVernon

Epidemiology, modelling, public health

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

Dr Chris Moy

General Practice

Australian Medical Association Vice President

Dr Lisa Nissen

Pharmacy representative, primary care, program implementation

Professor (Head), School of Clinical Sciences Queensland University of Technology

Prof Lena Sanci

Primary care representative

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

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

Publications

Related committees or groups

Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

    Contact

    ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group contact

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

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    Last updated: 
    14 July 2022