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REGISTER NOW - NCIRS Webinar: Tuesday 18 February 2020 – Measles: a local, regional and global perspective

The global increase in measles cases in 2019, coupled with the tragic outbreak in Samoa and the ongoing importation of measles into Australia, demonstrates the devastating impact of this highly infectious disease on the community. 

In this seminar, our key speaker Professor David Durrheim, an international measles expert, will provide an update on the situation globally, as well as the latest vaccination recommendations.

We will then hear from Dr Blessy John-Denny about her experience responding to the measles outbreak in Samoa, and the clinical and health system impacts involved. 

LATE BREAKING - ADDITIONAL SPEAKER: We are pleased to announce that Professor Julie Leask will also be joining us for this webinar to briefly share her recent experience in Samoa assisting with risk communication strategies for the outbreak and routine immunisation recovery period

Join us for this first NCIRS Seminar/Webinar for 2020 as we discuss the public health implications of measles, how to protect our community and learn from regional and global experiences. 

Time: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm (AEDT)
Location: Kids Research Seminar Room, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, 178 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW (entry to the Kids Research building is opposite the Ambulance Bay adjacent to the Emergency entry and Clinical Research Centre)    

The session will also available via Zoom webinar for those viewing and listening remotely.

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND (for catering purposes please)




Professor David Durrheim
David Durrheim is Director of Health Protection, Hunter New England Health; Conjoint Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Newcastle; and Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He currently chairs the Western Pacific Regional Measles Rubella Verification Commission and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) working groups on Ebola vaccines, measles and rubella.



Dr Blessy John-Denny
Blessy John-Denny is a Paediatrician and a Paediatric Emergency Physician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Clinical Associate lecturer for the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Blessy recently returned from Apia, Samoa after assisting with the measles outbreak where she led the high dependency unit in Apia’s Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital during December and January.




Julie Leask

Professor Julie Leask 
Julie Leask is a social scientist and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. She has qualifications in nursing and midwifery, a Master of Public Health (USYD, 1998) and PhD in public health (USYD, 2002). Her research focuses on risk communication, responding to vaccine hesitancy and refusal and strengthening vaccination programs and policy; and she has 131 publications in the field. She is a visiting professorial fellow at NCIRS and member of the Australian Regional Alliance on Immunisation.