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Immunisation Conference 2022

The Central Coast Local Health District, in partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District and the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network, is excited to present the following virtual immunisation conference:

2022 Coast to Country: Vaccination protection for all’

Hunter New England and Central Coast Authorised Nurse Immunisers, Authorised Midwife Immunisers, Practice Nurses, GPs, Aboriginal Immunisation Healthcare Workers and Health Worker students are invited to attend.

We have gathered leading specialists in immunisation to present topics which will inform and challenge us. In order to keep our valuable workforce safe we have decided on an online format.

Our 2022 conference will provide an excellent opportunity to build on your skills and knowledge around vaccines, current research, vaccines for special risk groups and where Australia sits in the global scene.

Listen, learn, interact and ask questions with like-minded peers from across Australia.

Date: Saturday 22, October 2022
Time: 10am – 2pm
Cost: $40
Registration: Eventbrite

By giving your details to attend this education session, you are consenting for your details to be shared with the presenters and sponsors.


Keynote Speakers

Master of Ceremonies - Patrick Cashman
Immunisation Coordinator at Hunter New England LHD NSW

Patrick Cashman RN, BHSc, MPH&TM, GCertAppMgt, has worked in Victoria, Tasmania, NT and NSW in emergency, infectious diseases and remote health. Currently the Immunisation Coordinator at Hunter New England LHD NSW. Operational and research interests include communicable diseases, health worker education, Aboriginal health and AEFI surveillance. Project manager for Vaxtracker ( PhD candidate University of Newcastle NSW in vaccine safety.

Prof David Durrheim
Director of Health Protection HNE LHD

Professor David Durrheim, AM, DrPH, MPH&TM, MBChB, FACTM, FAFPHM, FAAHMS is Director of Health Protection, Hunter New England Health, New South Wales, Australia, and Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He currently Chairs the Western Pacific Regional Measles and Rubella Verification Commission and is a member of the World Health Organisation's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) working groups on COVID-19 and Ebola vaccines. He is the Public Health Controller for Hunter New England's pandemic response.
David is an outspoken advocate for equitable global access to effective public health measures, particularly immunization. He has been instrumental in developing novel surveillance systems to detect and facilitate response to emerging infectious disease risks.
His research interests include vaccinology, novel infectious disease surveillance methods, control of zoonotic diseases, and strategies for reducing inequity in public health service delivery. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and has published several scientific monographs and chapters in leading public health texts.

Dr Kat Taylor
Public Health Physician and General Practitioner

Dr Kat Taylor is a Public Health Physician and General Practitioner and has worked in the field of public health for the past 10 years in South Australia and New South Wales. She commenced working for CCLHD as Director of the Public Health Unit in October 2020. During the pandemic she led the Public Health response for the LHD, providing regular COVID-19 updates for healthcare providers, external partner organisations and community members across the Central Coast. Kat has a particular interest in Aboriginal Health, emerging infectious diseases, and public health risk communication. She has recently taken some time out to enjoy motherhood, since the arrival of her second son Milo in 2022.

Professor Kristine Macartney
Paediatrician and Infectious Disease Specialist

Professor Kristine Macartney MBBS, BMedSci, MD, FRACP Director, NCIRS is a paediatrician and infectious disease specialist. She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales and has over 20 years of experience in vaccinology. She has experience working in the USA at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was a founding member of the US Vaccine Education Center. Kristine’s Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates.
Kristine is interested in all aspects of vaccine preventable disease research, particularly policy development, vaccine safety and prevention of viral diseases and is a staff specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Professor David Isaacs
Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

David was born in London and has an identical twin brother, Stephen, who is a child psychiatrist. David trained in London, Sydney and Oxford. He moved permanently to Sydney in 1989 to head a Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital, where he was the only member of the Department. David is Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney.
David has a post-graduate diploma in bioethics and has published over 400 papers, 100 of them on ethics, 33 humorous articles, 12 books on paediatric infectious diseases, neonatal infections and immunisations. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Dr Ketaki Sharma
Staff Specialist/Clinical Lecturer

Dr Ketaki Sharma MBBS, MPH, FRACP, is a general paediatrician and staff specialist at NCIRS. She holds a conjoint appointment as Clinical Lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. Ketaki is a member of the team at NCIRS that provides scientific technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and is also part of the New South Wales Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS). She is undertaking research on optimising vaccination during pregnancy to protect newborn infants from vaccine-preventable illnesses, and also has a special interest in vaccination of people with immunocompromise

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