ARIA is an individual member–based alliance, with a diverse array of members who seek to fulfil ARIA’s . Membership is free and time contributed to general member activities is voluntary.
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Individuals who have relevant experience can self-nominate using pre-specified criteria found in the expression of interest (EOI) form to join ARIA. The EOIs are assessed by the steering committee on a monthly basis. Please contact the ARIA Secretariat if you have any questions about becoming a member: SCHN-NCIRSGlobal@health.nsw.gov.au
Aditi Dey is a member of the executive management team at NCIRS and a conjoint senior lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She completed her PhD, Master of Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Health Information Management) at the University of Sydney after a medical degree (MBBS, University of Delhi) and training in tropical medicine and later worked at the University of Sydney. She also worked in Thailand and India before joining NCIRS. At NCIRS, Aditi is a senior research fellow/manager of the coverage, evaluation and surveillance team and involved in the areas of program evaluation, coverage of vaccines, and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunisation. She has experience in supervision of research students and teaching and coordinating undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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Tom Snelling is a paediatrician, epidemiologist, and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney where he leads the Health and Clinical Analytics team. He has honorary affiliations with the Telethon Kids Institute, the Menzies School of Health Research, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. He is one of Australia's leading proponents of pragmatic and adaptive clinical trials, being the chief investigator of four competitively funded Bayesian adaptive clinical trials, including BEAT-CF, a MRFF-funded platform trial in the management of cystic fibrosis. He is a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. His research addresses the implementation of health policy and clinical practice, in particular the evaluation of vaccination and other public health strategies to minimise the burden of childhood infectious diseases. This work integrates clinical trials with case-control and cohort studies and disease modelling. His current work is investigating how best to prevent and treat gastroenteritis, pneumonia, pertussis and other lower respiratory infections. He was awarded a Medical Research Future Fund research grant from NHMRC to lead a Bayesian Evidence-Adaptive Trial to optimise management of Cystic Fibrosis.Contact ARIA Secretariat to get in touch with Tom:
Nicholas Wood is a staff specialist general paediatrician and 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 is a senior investigator on the Primary Health network immunisation Support program. He is interested in maternal and neonatal immunisation, as well as research into vaccine safety, including genetics and long-term outcomes of adverse events following immunisation.
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Margie Danchin is a consultant paediatrician within the Department of General Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), and an Associate Professor and David Bickart Clinician Scientist Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. As leader of the Vaccine Uptake Group, MCRI, she is an immunisation expert with over ten years of experience in vaccine research and clinical work, both in Australia and in resource poor settings. Her research includes vaccine social science, program evaluation, health system strengthening in low resource settings, vaccine safety and vaccine clinical trials to improve the uptake and use of currently available vaccines, particularly amongst high risk-groups and in low and middle-income countries. In Australia, she is the current chair of the Collaboration on Social Science in Immunisation (COSSI) Group, an initiative of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), and a trusted national spokesperson on vaccination issues and leader in vaccine acceptance with a strong advocacy role and prominent media profile. Internationally, she is engaged as a consultant with WHO to improve confidence and uptake of the EPI schedule in the Philippines, is a member of Sabin’s Vaccine and Acceptance Research Network (VARN) steering group and a member of the International Paediatric Association (IPA) Vaccine Trust Project Program Advisory Group. She is passionate about strong, respectful communication in healthcare and is leading collaborative development and promotion of clinician scientist pathways as Director of Clinician Scientist Pathways within the Melbourne Medical School (MMS).
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Julia Maguire is a communicable disease epidemiologist with 6 years’ experience in vaccine preventable diseases epidemiology, outbreak management and surveillance. She has worked in various countries within the region including Fiji, Bangladesh and Samoa.
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Sarah Sheridan is a public health physician with expertise in applied epidemiology and strong interest in vaccine preventable disease control. Her PhD was on the impact and effectiveness of vaccination programs in Queensland using routinely collected and linked data, particularly on pertussis and varicella. At NCIRS, Sarah predominantly focuses on providing technical support for the development of immunisation policy and practice. Following her basic clinical training, Sarah trained in public health, with an international focus, and undertook the Applied Master of Epidemiology during which she undertook multiple projects internationally, including in Lao PDR and Papua New Guinea. Sarah has maintained a strong interest in immunisation research using linked data as well as international public health and field epidemiology, undertaking projects in Samoa.
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Peter McIntyre is Professor in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health and the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is qualified as a paediatrician, specialising in infectious diseases, an epidemiologist, specialising in vaccine-preventable diseases and a public health physician. Peter was an ex-officio member of the National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) from 1999 to 2017 and, from 2005 to 2017, of the Communicable Disease Network of Australia (responsible for national communicable disease surveillance and control) and the National Immunisation Committee (responsible for implementation of immunisation programs). Internationally, he was appointed to the pertussis working party of the US Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practice in 2011 and has contributed to similar groups by the Public Health England in UK, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. For WHO, he has been a member of pertussis and pneumococcal working groups of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts between 2009 and 2014 and for 5 years (2012-17) was a member of the Immunisation and Vaccines Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC). In 2018 he was appointed to the International Vaccines Task Force by the World Bank, which reported to the World Health Assembly.
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Michael Gold is an allergist and immunologist with conjoint positions in the Discipline of Paediatrics, and Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide. He has research and clinical interest in the prevention of food allergy and vaccine safety. Michael was appointed to the World Health Organization Global Advisory Committee for Vaccine Safety in 2010 and have been an advisor to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration since 2006. He has been awarded a number of Australian national research grants, which have included being a principle investigator for projects that have researched novel methods of safety surveillance, including data linkage and m-Health. Michael has contributed to the development of a number of key WHO guidelines such as the global adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) surveillance manual and the WHO guideline on causality assessment, and recently led a WHO workgroup to develop a guideline for the recognition and management of immunisation stress-related responses. He has participated in numerous WHO AEFI training courses to strengthen AEFI surveillance and causality assessment systems in low- and middle-income countries. Michael contributes to the Vaccines for Africa (VACFA) initiative through research collaborations and has presented at the annual VACFA course, at the University of Cape Town, since 2013.
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Kerrie Wiley is a social scientist and research fellow with the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, whose research focuses on the social and behavioural aspects of immunisation and their implications for policy and practice. Her current research activities include understanding the factors that contribute to vaccine uptake globally and comparing these factors internationally; the decision-making processes of non-vaccinating parents; immunisation policy acceptability among a well-informed citizenry; the ethical considerations in responding to vaccine refusal; barriers and facilitators to Q fever vaccination among Australian cattle farmers; attitudes to immunisation in pregnancy among women and antenatal health care providers; exploring the shared decision making approach to immunisation in pregnancy; exploring the availability and quality of immunisation information on the internet; immunisation and preventive health practices among Australian Hajj pilgrims; and exploring the role of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in immunisation decisions. Kerrie is a current member of the World Health Organization ‘Measuring Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination’ (BeSD) Working Group.
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