Professor Allan Cripps Memorial Tribute on Invasive Pneumococcal Disease

Immunisation Coalition
Date: August 10, 2023: 19:00:00 - 21:00:00

This event aimed to highlight Prof Cripps’ key achievements and shed light on the advancements in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pneumococcal disease.

Our expert panel discussed pneumococcal disease, vaccine development, and the impact of vaccines on disease reduction in both adults and children. They also discussed the different serotypes and their effects across age groups, provided insights into invasive pneumococcal disease, immunisation recommendations, and compared polysaccharide and conjugated vaccine types.

The panel reviewed valent options and the future pneumococcal immunisation program for reducing disease burden. Additionally, strategies to increase immunisation rates among older adults and high-risk groups were covered.

Dr Sarah Chu graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. She holds a diploma in dermatology from the Australian Institute of Dermatology and a diploma in children’s health from Westmead Children’s Hospital and the University of Sydney. She is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and obtained a certificate in travel health.


Professor Robert Llewellyn Clancy AM is a leading Australian clinical immunologist and a pioneer in the field of mucosal immunology (260 Publications). He is known for his research and development of therapies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), commonly known as emphysema.


Nigel is a consultant general paediatrician and Head of the Immunisation service at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and Professor at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.
He completed a Masters of Public Health at Cardiff University (2006) and vaccinology PhD at the University of Melbourne (2011). He is also Director of SAEFVIC, the Victorian vaccine safety service, based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).

Professor Katie Flanagan is the Head of Infectious Diseases at Launceston General Hospital where her department provides a clinical infectious diseases service for the population of North and NW Tasmania. She is affiliated to the University of Tasmania, Monash University and RMIT where she is conducting a number of research projects. Her research interests are vaccinology and infectious diseases immunology.

Sanjay is a medical graduate and epidemiologist/research fellow in the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). Sanjay holds a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School of The University of Sydney. His PhD was on effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccinations in Australian children and epidemiology of pneumococcal disease in special risk groups.


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Dr Sarah Chu

Page Published: 20 July 2023 | Page Updated: 21 August 2023