Wed, 03/11/2021 | News

NCIRS researchers recognised in health awards

Congratulations to the NCIRS researchers who have been recognised as finalists in the 2021 NSW Premier's Awards.

The NSW Premier’s Awards celebrate excellence in the delivery of public service to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses in partnership with public sector agencies and departments.


KVKaitlyn Vette is a finalist for the Anthea Kerr Award which recognises future public sector leaders under 35 years of age.

Kaitlyn is a dedicated, passionate and highly collaborative emerging leader in public health who has provided outstanding leadership of critical research projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an epidemiologist at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), she has collaboratively delivered on several multi-organisational projects investigating the true rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection in NSW and nationally. Kaitlyn is dedicated in her pursuit of public service, with broad experience in managing infectious disease threats in the public sector at state, national and international levels. She is well renowned for her authenticity, diligence and ability to bring people together to excel in achieving outcomes.


Professor Kristine Macartney is a finalist for the NSW Public Servant of the Year Award for exemplary work and outstanding leadership.

Professor Kristine Macartney has provided outstanding expert leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with innovative actions at state, national and global levels in the public health, vaccine response and subsequent vaccination rollout. Kristine’s initiative, leadership and agility has driven expansion of existing and spearheaded new programs to enhance understanding of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, guide introduction of novel COVID-19 vaccines, actively monitor vaccine safety and assist COVID-19 vaccine roll out in Asia-Pacific countries. A highly engaging and passionate leader, Kristine’s technical skill and innate ability to motivate, support and inspire collaboration have contributed to the success of NSW and Australia’s COVID-19 response. She has tirelessly supported multiple state, national and global health leaders and advised governments, health professionals and the public through the ever-changing and complex COVID-19 vaccine program introduction.

Congratulations Kaitlyn and Kristine!