The Scientific Advisory Committee contributes to and endorses NCIRS’s long-term national research and surveillance strategy; systematically monitors the performance of NCIRS scientific outcomes; monitors the quality of the research and surveillance systems and processes used by NCIRS in its work; and identifies emerging matters that should be incorporated into the long-term strategy.


  • Associate Professor Stephen Lambert, UQ Child Health Research Centre, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland; Medical Director, Communicable Diseases Branch, Chief Health Officer and Prevention Division, Department of Health, Queensland Government


  • Professor Helen Marshall, Senior Medical Practitioner and Director, Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit, Women's and Children's Hospital; NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor in Vaccinology, School of Medicine/ Deputy Director and Research Leader, Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide; Principal Research Fellow, The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • Professor Jim Buttery, Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash Public Health and Department of Paediatrics, Monash University; Head – Infection and Immunity. Director of Research, Monash Children's Hospital; Head – Monash Immunisation, Monash Health; Head – Epidemiology and Signal Investigation, SAEFVIC
  • Professor John Kaldor, Professor of Epidemiology and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Public Health Interventions Research Group, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Peter Richmond, Head – Vaccine Trials Group, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute; Consultant Paediatric Immunologist and Paediatrician, Perth Children’s Hospital; Head – Department of Child Health Research, and Director of the Child Health Research Network, Child and Adolescent Health Service; Head – Division of Paediatrics, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UWA Medical School, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Ross Andrews, Professor of Applied Epidemiology and MAE Program Director, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, College of Health and Medicine, The Australian National University; Professor, Global and Tropical Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University
  • Professor Tom Snelling, Director, Health and Clinical Analytics Team, The University of Sydney School of Public Health; Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician, Perth Children’s Hospital; NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Director – Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases/ Head, Infectious Disease Implementation, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Associate Professor Bette Liu, NHMRC Career Development Fellow, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales; Senior Science Advisor, Sax Institute
  • Associate Professor Jane Smith, Head, Clinical Program Assessment, General Practice and Year 5, Bond University Medical Program, Bond University; General Practitioner, Robina Town Medical Centre
  • Associate Professor Margie Danchin, Team Leader, Vaccine Acceptance, Uptake and Policy Research Team, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Paediatrician, Department of General Medicine, The Royal Children's Hospital; Associate Professor and David Bickart Clinician Scientist Fellow, Department of Paediatrics and School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; Director Clinician Scientist pathways, The University of Melbourne; Chair, Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI)
  • Dr Penelope (Penny) Burns, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University; General Practitioner, The Cottage Surgery
  • Ms Alison Marcus, Representative, Consumer Health Forum of Australia
  • Mrs Catherine Hughes, Director, Immunisation Foundation of Australia
  • Ms Karen Booth, President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Government Representatives

  • Ms Hope Peisley, Assistant Secretary – Immunisation and Communicable Diseases Branch, Office of Health Protection, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Dr Marcelle Noja, Director – National Incident Room, National Incident Response Division, Chief Medical Officer Group, Health Protection Policy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Dr Christine Selvey, Acting Director, Communicable Diseases Branch, Health Protection NSW, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Dr Sonya Ennis, Manager, Immunisation Unit, Health Protection NSW, NSW Ministry of Health

NCIRS Senior Staff

  • Dr Aditi Dey, Senior Research Fellow, NCIRS; Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney School of Medicine
  • Dr Clayton Chiu, Public Health Physician, NCIRS; Lecturer, The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School
  • Dr Frank Beard, Public Health Physician, NCIRS; Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney School of Public Health
  • Dr Helen Quinn, Senior Research Fellow, NCIRS; Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School
  • Associate Professor Nicholas Wood, Senior Staff Specialist, NCIRS and Department of General Paediatrics, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead


  • Ms Karyn Phillips, Research Operations Manager, NCIRS
Last updated November 2020