National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) aims to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia and to support initiatives in the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, including disease surveillance, vaccine coverage and immunisation adverse events.

Led by NCIRS Director Professor Kristine Macartney, we conduct an extensive program of clinical trials and epidemiologic research, bringing together a group of experts and postgraduate students in public health, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioural sciences.

Please email us at ncirs.schn@health.nsw.gov.au for general enquiries.

Information on vaccine preventable diseases, including our research, can also be found on the NCIRS website

Current projects

NCIRS’s research and surveillance activities include, among others:

The centre also has a strong role in providing postgraduate training and supervision. 

Please visit the NCIRS website for more information on all our research programs.

The Research Team

Since our inception in 1997, we have grown from a team of 7 to a team of over nearly 70.  Below is a list of the NCIRS Executive Management team. For a full list of NCIRS staff, please visit Our People on our website.

> Professor Kristine Macartney, Director of NCIRS

Kristine is a paediatrician and infectious disease specialist. She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales, with almost 20 years of experience in vaccinology. She has a clinical appointment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as a Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and a conjoint academic appointment as Professor in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The University of Sydney.

For more information about Kristine, please visit NCIRS website & Kristine's University of Sydney profile page 

> Associate Professor Nicholas Wood, Associate Director, Clinical Research and Services

Nicholas is a staff specialist general paediatrician, Associate Professor and Academic Lead (Higher Degree Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at The University of Sydney. He holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He leads the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service and coordinates the Immunisation Adverse Events Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He also a senior investigator on the Primary Health network immunisation Support program. Please see visit NCIRS website here.

> Dr Clayton Chiu, Associate Director, Immunisation Policy Support and Guideline Development

Clayton is a public health physician and heads the Policy Support and Handbook team at NCIRS. He joined NCIRS in 2006 after graduating from the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program. He is also a conjoint lecturer of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, The University of Sydney. NCIRS website has more information about Clayton’s profile.

> Dr Frank Beard, Associate Director, Coverage, Evaluation, Surveillance and Social Science

Frank is a public health physician and heads the coverage, evaluation, surveillance and social research team at NCIRS. He graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland and then worked as a GP in Sydney for 15 years before undertaking his specialty training. Frank has a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in The University of Sydney School of Public Health. NCIRS website has more information about Frank’s profile.

> Dr Aditi Dey, Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer

Aditi is the manager of Surveillance at NCIRS and is involved in program evaluation, coverage of vaccines, and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunisation. Aditi completed her PhD, Master of Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Health Information Management) at The University of Sydney after her medical degree (MBBS, University of Delhi) and training in tropical medicine. She holds a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. NCIRS website has more information about Aditi’s profile.

> Dr Helen Quinn, Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer

Helen is a Senior Research Fellow at NCIRS and is the technical editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook. She has a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School. Following completion of a PhD in parasitology, Helen completed further training as an epidemiologist in the Masters of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) program. NCIRS website has more information about Helen’s profile.

> Chloe Damon, Acting Global Health and Strategic Programs Manager

Chloé is a public health and international development practitioner with over 10 years domestic and international experience across clinical, government, non-government and multilateral organisations. She is a program manager and has worked at NCIRS since 2017 on vaccine safety and global health portfolios. Chloé also serves on the Australian Red Cross Divisional Advisory Board for New South Wales. NCIRS website has more information about Chloe’s profile.

> Karyn Phillips, Research Operations Manager

Karyn provides business support for NCIRS. NCIRS website has more information about Karyn’s profile. 

> Stoy Drinic, Project Officer - Contracts and Grants Management

Stoy Drinic is a project officer at NCIRS and provides support and assistance in managing the grant and contract activities of the centre. NCIRS website has more information about Stoy’s profile.

Key publications

Our team have published over 1000 articles in our more than 20 years of operation.  For an up-to-date list of our publications, please visit http://www.ncirs.org.au/publications