Associate Professor Nicholas Wood MBBS, DCH, MPH, FRACP
Senior Staff Specialist Immunisation - Executive Management Team
Dr Lucy Deng MBBS, DCH, MIPH, FRACP
Staff Specialist/Clinical Lecturer 

Lucy Deng is a general paediatrician and staff-specialist at NCIRS. She holds a conjoint appointment as Clinical Lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Lucy is part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) team and reviews children who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation. Lucy is also currently undertaking a PhD in severe acute neurological events following immunisation.

Dr Archana Koirala MBChB, DCH, MIPH, FRACP
Immunisation Clinical Fellow

Archana Koirala is a paediatric infectious disease specialist and general  paediatrician who joined NCIRS in 2018. She is part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist team and reviews children who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation. She has a special interest in using genomics to understand vaccine preventable diseases.

Deidre Brogan RN
CNC Adverse events service

Deidre Brogan is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with post grad qualifications in Immunisation and Paediatrics. She joined NCIRS in 2015 and her current role is working Immunisation Clinical Nurse Consultant for NSW Immunisation Specialist Services, coordinating the specialist clinical services, providing expert clinical support and vaccine surveillance. She has a special interest in developing services for children who are difficult to vaccinate due to behavioural disorders or needle phobia. She has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 27 years as Clinical Nurse Specialist in the area of liver/renal transplantation and the Emergency department. She also has worked with the Northern Sydney Public Health School Immunisation Program. 

Rosemary Joyce RN
Research Nurse

Rosemary Joyce is a registered nurse and midwife with postgraduate certification in immunisation, neonatal intensive care and has also worked as a Rehabilitation Consultant Case Manager. Rosemary joined NCIRS in 2006 and is working as a clinical trials nurse investigating both paediatric and adult vaccines. Rosemary is currently working on studies investigating the pertussis vaccine, and is a member of the NSWISS team.

Lois Leacey RN
Immunisation Nurse-NSWISS

Lois is a registered nurse with a variety of experience in public and private sectors. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in Immunisation. Lois joined the NSWISS team in 2015. She combines her time between the NSWISS Immunisation Clinic at The Children’s Hospital Westmead and the School Immunisation Program with The Public Health Unit, which she has been a member of staff for 11 years.

Melanie Coorey RN
Immunisation Nurse-NSWISS

Melanie Coorey is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with postgraduate certification in Immunisation, Neonatal Intensive Care and currently studying Child and Family Health Nursing. Melanie has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 17 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Grace Centre for Newborn care. Melanie joined NCIRS in 2017 working in the NSWISS Drop-In Immunisation Clinic.  

Joanne Maude
Immunisation Nurse-NSWISS

Jo is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with over 30 years' experience. She holds masters degrees in Midwifery (The University of Sydney) and Public Health (UNSW) as well as postgraduate qualifications in neonatal and paediatric critical care, child and family health and immunisation. Jo is passionate about working with families and has worked in both hospital and community settings. Jo joined NCIRS as an immunisation nurse in 2018 working 2 days a week and continues to work on a casual basis for Penrith PHU, school vaccination program as well as a private immunisation company.

Tiff Cooper 
NSWISS Administration Officer

Tiff has over 15 years’ experience in Customer and Corporate Services. She joined NCIRS as part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) team in 2016 to coordinate the administration requirements for the Service, general operations of the Immunisation Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and to support the NSWISS clinical team.

Pina Ilacqua
NSWISS Clinical Support Administrator

Pina joined NCIRS as part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) team in 2019 to support the administration requirements of the service and general operations of the Immunisation Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW). Before joining NCIRS, Pina worked as a medical records clerk for 15 years at the Health Information Unit (HIU) of CHW, retrieving patient healthcare records and providing health information for direct patient care and research, while maintaining an efficient record storage system (Document Imaging) in which patient information is kept safe from loss, damage and unauthorised access. Pina has also worked in Main Operating Suites front desk reception for 7 years, attending to the daily general administration duties and customer care for the unit.

Last updated September 2019