Emma Carey
PAEDS Manager

Emma is a registered nurse. Over the last 24 years, she has worked as a clinical nurse specialist, a clinical nurse unit manager and a nurse manager in neonatal intensive care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, University College Hospitals London and Cork University Maternity Hospital, Ireland. Emma joined the PAEDs team in 2021 in her current role as PAEDs Manager.

Laura Rost RN
Surveillance Nurse

Laura is a registered nurse and has worked at The Children’s Hospital Westmead for the last 35 years. She specialized in neonatal intensive care until 2006 when she joined NCIRS as a clinical trials research nurse and study coordinator for vaccine preventable diseases.  Her current role is with the PAEDS  team as a surveillance nurse.  

Kathy Meredith
Surveillance Nurse

Kathryn is a registered nurse working in the PAEDS team. She specialised in neonatal intensive care for over 20 years and has generalised paediatric experience. She is a nurse immuniser and also works with the NCIRS Clinical Research team.   

Mehyar Khair Baik BPharm, MPH
Research Officer 

Mehyar is a pharmacist with a Master of Public Health, specialising in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, from the University of Melbourne. He is applying his background in infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine safety and disease surveillance in his current position at NCIRS. He supports the PAEDS team in conducting surveillance on selected serious childhood diseases of public health importance and adverse events following immunisation to inform health and enables rapid public health responses. As part of expanding his knowledge and expertise, Mehyar is currently undertaking a Master in Infectious Disease Intelligence at the University of New South Wales.

Kahla Mellem
Administration Officer, PAEDS
Last updated July 2023