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).
Our vision and mission
Vision: The Immunisation Coalition will improve the protection of all Australians against infectious diseases by 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 Professor Robert Booy as Chairman.
Board of Directors
Prof Robert Booy Chairman of the Immunisation Coalition MBBS (Hons), MSc, MD, FRACP, FRCPCH Prof Robert Booy has been a Board member since 20 April 2012. He is Senior Professorial Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), and a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984). He also trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. Previously Professor/Head of Department of Child Health with the University of London (1999-2005), he was the recipient of a Wellcome training fellowship in epidemiology focusing on genetic factors important in meningococcal disease, and is also the recent recipient of an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. Professor Booy’s research interests extend from understanding risk factors for susceptibility to, and severity of, infectious diseases, especially influenza, and invasive disease caused by encapsulated organisms; the clinical, public-health, social and economic burden of these diseases (acutely and over the long-term) and means by which to prevent or control serious infections through vaccines, drugs and non-pharmaceutical measures. He is recognised as an expert in the influenza field, supervising many studies addressing the burden and prevention of influenza disease in children and adults in the UK, Australia and among Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. He has led intervention studies with new vaccines, new vaccine delivery methods and alternate methods for preventing disease and transmission such as antivirals and personal protective equipment like masks.
Dr Margie Danchin MBBS, FRACP, PhD Margie Danchin is a University of Melbourne graduate who currently works as a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and as a senior research fellow at MCRI. She has extensive expertise in vaccine research focused on clinical trials, vaccine safety and new strategies to enhance the performance of existing vaccines in different settings and is a member of the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group and the Rotavirus Vaccine Research Group, MCRI. She also has a keen interest in international child health, and has extensive research links with a number of research groups both nationally and internationally. She has a keen interest in Health Services Research and is a member of the steering group for the Australian Paediatric Research Network and for the Victorian Clinical Research Network.
Dr Paul Griffin MBBS, B.Sc. (Hons) Paul Griffin is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Director of Infectious Diseases at the University of Queensland and Mater Hospitals, South Brisbane, Australia. He has fellowships in Infectious Diseases from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, in Clinical Microbiology from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and from the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. For recognition of leadership and management Paul Griffin has obtained a Fellowship from the Institute of Managers and Leaders as well as an Associate Fellowship from the Australasian College of Health Service Management. He is the Principal Investigator and Medical Director at Qpharm Pty Ltd; a specialized contract research organisation within QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute specializing in early and late phase trials predominantly in Infectious Diseases where he has been the Principal Investigator on approximately 100 clinical trials. Concurrently he maintains a joint appointment as a Scientist at QIMR Berghofer/Mater Medical Research Institute. Finally, as a Clinical Microbiologist, he maintains an active interest in diagnostic microbiology.
Dr. Gary Grohmann B.Sc. (Hons), PhD, FASM Gary Grohmann was employed by the TGA in Canberra as the Director of Immunobiology (Vaccines), and Director of the WHO ERL, Office of Laboratories and Scientific services from 1997-2015. He is currently working as an independent consultant, primarily working with the WHO in Geneva on a number of influenza related projects in the Global Influenza Programme and the Essential Medicines Programme. He has been on a number of WHO steering committees, including the committee for the review of the IVTM database on influenza viruses and reassortant influenza viruses, and the WHO VCM committee that recommends virus strains for influenza vaccines (until 2015). He has also been a member of the Technical Advisory Group (2007 – 2015) of the Global Action Plan (GAP) for Influenza – a strategy to reduce the present global shortage of influenza vaccines for seasonal epidemics and pandemic influenza in all countries of the world, especially developing countries. His primary interests are in vaccines, vaccine regulation, medical and veterinary virology, and infectious diseases resulting from contaminated food and water as well as other environmental sources. He is currently a Director of Environmental Pathogens P/L and also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Sydney.
Dr Leanne Jones MBBS B Med Sc Dr Leanne Jones joined the Board on 22 July 2013. She is the former Chair and past board member of General Practice North in Launceston, Tasmania, and currently media advisor and GP advisor on immunisation for Medicare Local Tasmania. She has been a GP at Caledonian Medical Centre, Launceston since 1986.
Dr Ginni Mansberg MBBS A General Practitioner in Sydney’s Sans Souci, Ginni has a special interest in women’s health and paediatrics. She teaches at the Medical Faculty of the University of Notre Dame in the Discipline of General Practice. Her other professional interest is in communications, with a Post Graduate Diploma of Journalism from University of technology, Sydney. Ginni is the resident doctor on Channel 7’s Sunrise, Morning Show, Live Well and Daily Edition as well as presenter of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under on Foxtel Lifestyle You. Ginni is also the health expert for Women’s Health, Australia magazine as well as Practical Parenting and That’s Life! magazines. She is also a contributor to Woolworths Baby and Toddler Club. Dr Ginni is the author of three books; “Why am I so Tired?”, “How to Get your Mojo Back” and her latest book, “How to Handle your Hormones”. She is a wife and mum with a family of eight. She is also a proud ambassador for Barnardos Mother of the Year, General Practice Registrars Association, Australia and sits on the Advisory Boards of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and the Jodi Lee Foundation.
Marita Wall BA, LLB, LLM, GAIDC Marita Wall is an Ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. Her previous positions include:
- Acting Chair, Acting Deputy Chair and inaugural Member of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal; and
- Barrister at the Victorian Bar, where she appeared in numerous high profile cases, including matters before the High Court.
Marita is an expert in risk and compliance. She has been a regular speaker at conferences and authored numerous published papers. She completed her Master of Laws degree at the University of Melbourne, where she has lectured in the post graduate law program. Marita is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Marita Walmsley BSc (Hons), PhD, MBA Dr Marita Walmsley is currently a senior policy advisor with the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Marita has had a career-long involvement in innovation, science and technology. Originally a medical research scientist with expertise in molecular immunology, infectious diseases and autoimmunity, then as a director of a management consulting firm, Marita has provided commercialisation advice to Government, academia and the private sector. More recently, in a range of senior and executive roles within Government, she has managed some of Victoria’s larger science and technology programs and contributed widely to economic development policy initiatives. Marita holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a PhD (Immunology) from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Committees of the Immunisation Coalition
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, Dr Alan Hampson OAM, A/Prof Lance Jennings, A/Prof John Litt AO, Dr Deborah Mills, Prof Paul Van Buynder, A/Prof Michael Woodward.
Membership of the Immunisation Coalition consists of individuals from Australia and New Zealand, with medical and scientific expertise, and an interest in immunisation and infectious diseases. The core of the membership stems from the founding members of the Influenza Specialist Group, which has evolved into the Immunisation Coalition. All members have voting rights for matters under consideration at the annual general meeting. The committees of the Immunisation Coalition are populated by its members, who provide expert knowledge and experience for the effective management of the organisation. Directors are also drawn from the membership. In addition to Individual Members, there are Associate Members – members without voting rights – who represent a variety of associated organisations (as listed below). All membership applications (both individual and associate) are received by the Board for consideration, and assessed accordingly.
Immunisation Coalition Members:
Charles Alpren Alan Hampson Dell Lovett William Rawlinson Satyamurthy Anuradha Sharon Harris Holly Lyndon Patrick Reading David Armstrong Anthony Hochberg Raina MacIntyre Peter Richmond Katie Atwell Norman Hohl Ginni Mansberg Sue Rodger-Withers Karina Baigrie Philippa Holland Wilma Martin Tilman Ruff Ian Barr Ben Howden Elizabeth McCarthy Holly Seale Tony Bartone Jessica Hunter Brad McKay David Smith Robert Booy Aeron Hurt Mary-Louise McLaws Mekala Srirajalingam Lucy Bowyer Louis Irving Rob Menzies Rhonda Stuart Chau Minh Bui Shane Jackson Deborah Mills Steven Tong Richard Clark Tim James George Milne Paul Van Buynder Allan Cripps Lance Jennings David Muscatello Marita Wall Margie Danchin Leanne Jones Angela Newbound Marita Walmsley Sara Drew Marlena Kaczmarek Anthony Page Kristine Whorlow Dominic Dwyer Katherine Kedzierska Jane Pappin Michael Wise Peter Eizenberg Tom Kotsimbos Rodney Pearce Michael Woodward Sonja Elia Sandyl Kyriazis Leanne Phillips Michael Wright Alex Flintoff Kerryn Lajoie Caroline Pilot Megan Young Andrea Forde Alan Leeb David Plowman Paul Griffin Jennifer Lillibridge Wendy Pollock Gary Grohmann John Litt Debbie Proctor
To become a member of the Immunisation Coalition, you must have a genuine interest in immunisation and disease prevention in Australia. As a member of the Immunisation Coalition you are:
- Afforded the opportunity to attend meetings of the organisation that facilitate discussion on influenza and other infectious diseases;
- Entitled to attend the organisation’s Annual General, and to vote on any matters relating to the Immunisation Coalition;
- Invited to provide feedback on important awareness activities and projects that are being undertaken each year.
Membership of the Immunisation Coalition is by way of a 5 year fixed term. Membership applications must be made using an Immunisation Coalition membership application form (available here), and be supported by 2 existing members. The completed form, along with a CV, should be sent to email@example.com. Acceptance as a member is entirely at the discretion of the Board of Directors. A copy of the Immunisation Coalition’s constitution can be downloaded here.
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 receives unrestricted educational grants from a number of sources, including Government funded bodies (PHNs, PHUs), Industry, and generates revenue through educational programs to PHNs, and other health education entities. 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 Board of Directors.
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Page published: 7 March 2017
Last updated: 3 July 2019