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 for general enquiries.

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

Current projects

Our research and surveillance activities cover the broad areas of:

  • immunisation coverage and the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
  • vaccine preventable disease burden and serosurveillance
  • adverse events associated with immunisation
  • social research and risk communication
  • immunisation program evaluations
  • infectious disease modelling
  • indigenous health
  • clinical research

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

The research team

Since our inception in 1997, we have grown from a team of 7 to a team of 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, NCIRS Director

Kristine is the Director of NCIRS, a paediatrician and infectious diseases expert who leads the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) program, a joint initiative of NCIRS and the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Kristine's University of Sydney profile page and PAEDS website has more information.

> Professor Robert Booy, Head of Clinical Research

Robert is a Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Clinical Epidemiologist at NCIRS and The Children's Hospital at Westmead. he is widely recognised as an international leader in vaccinology of encapsulated bacteria (meningitis/sepsis), and serious viral respiratory infections. He is now investigating the ‘last great frontier’ of potentially preventable severe brain infection: encephalitis. More information can be found on Robert's University of Sydney profile page

> Professor Peter McIntyre, Senior Staff Specialist

Peter has a broad research interest in vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) and was Director of NCIRS for nearly 14 years. He is particularly interested in Haemophilus influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumoniae and pertussis, and VPDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has led numerous vaccine trials. Please visit Peter's University of Sydney profile page for more information.

 > Associate Professor Nicholas Wood, Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Nick is a paediatrician and Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health Senior Lecturer with an active research interest in maternal and neonatal immunisation. His work in the Adverse Events Clinic and Refugees Clinic underscores his interest in reactions to vaccination and immunisation in disadvantaged communities. More information is available on Nick's University of Sydney profile page.

> Other Research Team Members

  • Karyn Phillips, Research Operations Manager, email:
  • Dr Clayton Chiu, Public Health Physician and NCIRS executive member
  • Dr Frank Beard, Public Health Physician and NCIRS executive member
  • Dr Aditi Dey, Manager of Surveillance and NCIRS executive member
  • Dr Helen Quinn, Senior Research Fellow, technical editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook and NCIRS executive member

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