Polio Expert Panel

The Polio Expert Panel (PEP) is a subcommittee of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA). It reviews clinical and laboratory data from notified AFP cases to determine if cases are poliomyelitis or non-polio acute flaccid paralysis.


The Polio Expert Panel (PEP) has an ongoing role to:

  • review and classify all reported cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) as
    • non-polio AFP
    • AFP with more information required
    • polio compatible AFP
    • poliomyelitis
    • non AFP
  • advise on poliomyelitis surveillance, prevention and eradication.



Background and experience

Professor David Isaacs (Chair)

Paediatric infectious diseases specialist – Department of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW

Associate Professor Philip Britton (Deputy Chair)

Paediatric Active Enhanced Diseases Surveillance representative – Kids Research Institute, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW

Dr Shopna Bag

Public health physician – Director, Public Health Medicine, Centre for Population Health, Western Sydney Local Health District, Parramatta, NSW

Dr Anne Morris

Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit representative – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW

Professor John Pearn

Paediatrician – Emeritus Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, Qld

Dr Eppie Yiu

Paediatric neurologist – Neurology Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Vic

Associate Professor Bruce Thorley

Virologist – Director, National Enterovirus Reference Laboratory, VIDRL, The Doherty Institute, Melbourne, Vic


The PEP meets:

  • every 2 months by teleconference to review Australian AFP cases
  • annually face-to-face to review the performance AFP surveillance systems.

The PEP convenes on an ad hoc basis where there is a suspected case of poliomyelitis in Australia.

Related committees or groups

The National AFP Surveillance Coordinator tasks the PEP to review and classify AFP cases reported by the: 

The PEP is a subcommittee Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) of the reports to the:


Polio Expert Panel secretariat

Contact the secretariat for the Polio Expert Panel (PEP) secretariat for further information on the committee or previous meeting minutes and agendas.
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