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.
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 2022 Annual Report can be viewed here.
The Immunisation Coalition will improve the protection of all Australians against infectious diseases through advocacy for immunisation.
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
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)
- Dr Peter Eizenberg
- Dr Paul Griffin
- Prof Gary Grohmann
- A/Prof Lance Jennings
- Prof Colleen Lau
- A/Prof John Litt AO
- Dr Deborah Mills
- Dr Rodney Pearce
- Dr Kirsty Short
- Prof Paul Van Buynder
- A/Prof Michael Woodward
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.
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.