About Us

We are the leading voice in whole-of-life immunisation in Australia.

Immunisation Coalition

Who We Are

The Immunisation Coalition is an independent not for profit organisation, incorporated in 2006 as a company limited by guarantee (originally as the Influenza Specialist Group).

We are the leading voice in whole-of-life immunisation in Australia, protecting all Australians against communicable diseases.

We collaborate with like-minded organisations such as Primary Health Networks (PHNs), Public Health Units, Government health departments and other groups that fight vaccine hesitancy.

We are a champion for immunisation education, providing timely, accurate and scientifically informed information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

Our Constitution

Read our Constitution Here

What We Do

We create awareness and provide evidence-based information.

We provide educational resources. All our materials are provided free of intellectual property, such as our Guides for Health Care Professionals.

We hold scientific meetings and educational forums on Influenza and adult vaccination.

The Immunisation Coalition’s 2021 Annual Report can be viewed here.

Our Vision

The Immunisation Coalition will improve the protection of all Australians against infectious diseases through advocacy for immunisation.

Our Mission

To create public awareness regarding the importance of immunisation by providing educational materials and communication programs.

To co-operate with key Australian professional bodies, consumer advocacy groups and the Australian, State and Territory Governments in their educational activities focused on immunisation to bring information to Australian healthcare professionals and the public.

To work with consumers, health professionals and organisations with an interest in immunisation, ensuring that the information provided to consumers through our website and other communication channels is current, easily understood and scientifically informed.

Governance of the Immunisation Coalition

Through its Board of Directors, the Immunisation Coalition is able to ensure full control over its activities and published materials. Sub committees have also been established to provide additional support. The governance of the Immunisation Coalition begins with its Board of Directors, and Dr Rodney Pearce AM as Chairman.

Immunisation Coalition Board

Dr. Rod Pearce AM
Dr. Rod Pearce AM

MBBS, FAMA, Immunisation Coalition Chairman

Prof Robert Booy
Prof Robert Booy


Jon Griffin
Jon Griffin


A/Prof Paul Griffin
A/Prof Paul Griffin


Dr. Gary Grohmann
Dr. Gary Grohmann

B.Sc. (Hons), PhD, FASM

Dr. Leanne Jones
Dr. Leanne Jones


Dr. Ginni Mansberg
Dr. Ginni Mansberg

B.MED Grad Dip Journalism GAICD

Prof Mary-Louise McLaws
Prof Mary-Louise McLaws


Dr. Marita Walmsley
Dr. Marita Walmsley

BSc (Hons), PhD, MBA


Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee provides expert advice to the Board and where appropriate, reviews research in areas of scientific interest to the Immunisation Coalition.

Scientific Advisory Committee Members:

  • Prof Robert Booy (Chair)
  • Prof Lou Irving (Deputy chair)
  • Prof Allan Cripps
  • Dr Peter Eizenberg
  • Dr Paul Griffin
  • Prof Gary Grohmann
  • A/Prof Lance Jennings
  • A/Prof John Litt AO
  • Dr Deborah Mills
  • Dr Rodney Pearce
  • Dr Kirsty Short
  • Prof Paul Van Buynder
  • A/Prof Michael Woodward

Our Management

Kim Sampson Immunisation Coalition CEO

Kim Sampson
Immunisation Coalition CEO

The management of the Immunisation Coalition is undertaken by our Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kim Sampson, who is also the Immunisation Coalition’s Company Secretary.

He has more than 30 years experience as a finance & administration manager in medical and scientific research, public and private health, and community services. Kim joined the organisation in the inaugural role in August 2008.

Kim is also the Executive Director of APACI (Asia-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza), and is the President of the Australia-Vietnam Friendship Society.

Our Staff

Jayne Geddes Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jayne Geddes
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jayne began her working career as a Medical Laboratory Technician including office management, specimen collection and laboratory work in haematology, biochemistry, and microbiology.

She has lived and worked in cross cultural and multi-lingual team environments and has developed good communication skills and a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

Jayne joined the Immunisation Coalition in 2015 and has extensive experience in business administration, events management, and website maintenance.

Johanna Hersey Operations Manager

Johanna Hersey
Operations Manager

With many years in sales and customer service followed by a career change in Accounting and Business Administration Johanna offers to the Immunisation Coalition a perfect combination of skills for effective financial, social media and administration management.

Johanna prides herself on making every point of contact  with her (it being written or verbal) an easy, efficient and enjoyable experience.

Elizabeth Miller Business Relationships Manager

Elizabeth Miller
Business Relationships Manager

Elizabeth has more than 35 years healthcare experience and is well known in both a clinical and commercial capacity. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Degree in Nursing and a Masters of Management.

In recent years, she has been working in the healthcare digital technology industry accelerated by the global pandemic. Elizabeth joined the Immunisation Coalition in 2022 to cement our position as the leading voice in whole-of-life immunisation in Australia. 

Developing strong relationships and networking is the foundation of everything she does both professionally and personally.

Suzi Blackburn Event Manager

Suzi Blackburn
Event Manager

Suzi is the Event Manager at the Immunisation Coalition. She has run events such as national sporting events and training workshops. She also founded and runs The Clan Jam music festival.

In 1993 Suzi was nominated for Young Australian of the Year, for her contribution to grass roots gymnastics. She also won gold for Australia in international gymnastic competitions.

Suzi spent 17 years as an advanced paramedic with Ambulance Victoria. In her free time she enjoys painting, print making and illustrations.

Tessa Sampson Medical Librarian

Tessa Sampson
Medical Librarian

Tessa (BSc. Hons., M.A. Librarianship) has worked for over 30 years as a medical librarian and information specialist.

Prior to joining the Immunisation Coalition and APACI she has held senior positions at Baker Medical Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, SmithKline Beecham and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Silas Kidd Digital Communications Manager

Silas Kidd
Digital Communications Manager

Silas is a designer, full stack web developer and an incredibly amateur basketball player. He is responsible for the all the digital resources and campaign materials for the Immunisation Coalition.

Previous to joining the Immunisation Coalition, Silas worked on numerous election, advocacy and environmental campaigns.

Valerie Frattaroli Medical Writer

Valerie Frattaroli
Medical Writer

Valerie is a medical writer at the Immunisation Coalition. She edits educational material for the website and for Health Professional Guides. She also designs slides for the webinars.

Valerie is passionate about improving health outcomes for the community. As a pharmacist she has supported patients to take their medications safely and appropriately. She has monitored oncology, psychiatric and metabolic clinical trials for Eli Lilly. She has been a medical facilitator for the National Prescribing Service to encourage safe, effective and appropriate prescribing of medications amongst health professionals.

She has promoted a heart failure resource for patients to help them better understand how to manage their heart failure for the Heart Foundation. She is currently part of the Western Health Renal Research team to help with Ethics submissions for clinical trials and has helped facilitate a clinical trial using e-technology to help GPs detect, prevent and treat kidney disease.

Lauren Lancaster Graphic Designer and Website Content Officer

Lauren Lancaster
Graphic Designer and Website Content Officer

Lauren started her career as a Medical Scientist, but soon realised she wanted to do something more creative. Changing careers into marketing, she discovered her love for graphic and web design.

Her experience includes developing websites and implementing marketing and social media campaigns. She is responsible for updating the Immunisation Coalition website and creating digital assets for our events.

Karen Wood Graphic Designer and Website Content Officer

Karen Wood
Graphic Designer and Website Content Officer

Karen came to Immunisation Coalition with a diverse background in creativity, education, retail, and hospitality. Her experiences are tied together by her love of people, a drive to make a positive impact on the world, and a passion for simple and beautiful communication and storytelling.

She worked as a teacher in primary schools, prisons and TAFEs for over a decade before deciding to follow a more creative path and retraining as a graphic designer.

She is now a designer, copywriter, copy editor, boardgame developer and RPG creator.


The Immunisation Coalition (IC) is able to carry out its important work thanks to the generosity of its sponsors, grant givers and in-kind supporters. The IC generates revenue through unrestricted educational grants, sponsorships, provision of educational programs to HCPs, and by working with other health education entities. The sources of revenue include healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, SMEs, and in the past, Government funded bodies such as PHNs and PHUs.

Sponsors and grant givers have no influence on the editorial content of the Immunisation Coalition’s website, publications, or activities, with full control ensured through its Scientific Advisory Committee and Board of Directors.

Sponsors & Supporters

In Kind Supporters

Page Published: 7 March 2017 | Page Updated: 6 June 2022