As we continue to navigate life with COVID-19, we are seeing a rapid return of international movements of people and pathogens.

In this NCIRS webinar, we discussed and provided updates on the prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases in the context of this increase in international travel.

Watch the videos for updates on:

  • emerging and re-emerging vaccine preventable disease risks, including COVID-19 variants, diphtheria, measles, monkeypox, Japanese encephalitis and more
  • current global vaccine preventable disease issues and prevention and control measures
  • travel vaccination recommendations and pre-travel consultations with a healthcare provider.

Speakers and presentations:

Portrait of Professor Peter McIntyre

Professor Peter McIntyre
Senior Professorial Fellow, NCIRS
Professor, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of Otago
Professor, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Sydney

Peter McIntyre is qualified as a paediatrician, specialising in infectious diseases, and a public health physician. He completed his PhD in the School of Public Health in the epidemiology of invasive Hib disease in 1995 and in 2021 was awarded a Doctor of Medical Science for 66 papers on vaccine impact, effectiveness and safety by the University of Sydney. 

He was the director of NCIRS from 2005 to 2017 and an ex-officio member of ATAGI from 1999 to 2017. He moved to New Zealand in 2018 and is a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group in New Zealand. He was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Immunisation and Vaccines Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC) from 2012 to 2017 and since 2019 has been a member of the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2020. 

Portrait of Professor Bart CurrieProfessor Bart Currie
Professor In Medicine, Menzies School Of Health Research and Royal Darwin Hospital

Bart Currie is an infectious diseases and public health physician at Royal Darwin Hospital and Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program. He leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team at Menzies School of Health Research. He is a member of the National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee and the Technical Reference Group for the Australian Government’s Regional Health Security Initiative and chairs the APPRISE Expert Reference Panel.

Portrait of Professor Karin LederProfessor Karin Leder
Infectious Diseases Consultant, Monash University

Karin Leder is a clinical and public health researcher in infectious disease epidemiology. She co-leads the Planetary Health Division and heads the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit within the School of Public Health at Monash University. Karen is the director of Travel and Migrant Health Services within the Victorian Infectious Disease Service at Melbourne Health. She has particular interests in travel health and in waterborne diseases.

Q&A session:


Resources highlighted in the webinar

The following resources were highlighted in the questions asked by attendees. Further resources are available on the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, NCIRS and the relevant State and Territory Health Department sites.

Updated ATAGI clinical guidance on vaccination against MPX (Monkeypox), V3.0, 24 August 2022

COVID-19: Who can get vaccinated


Statement on the Clinical use of Zoster vaccine in older adults in Australia

NCIRS Zoster vaccines resources

IFNAR1 deficiency and vaccines

IFNAR1 Deficiency and Serious Adverse Events Following Immunisation

ATAGI clinical advice on changes to recommendations for meningococcal vaccines from 1 July 2020

Meningococcal B vaccination - a guide for healthcare providers

Australian Immunisation Handbook Advice: Meningococcal

Polio eradication initiative

CDC Travelers’ Health

WHO International Travel and Health

Manual of Travel Medicine

Smart Traveller (Aus)

Travel Health Pro UK

Last updated August 2023