With the winter months fast approaching, it’s time to discuss the 2019 Influenza program. Professor Kristine Macartney, NCIRS Director provided an overview of the vaccines available, funded, and recommended for 2019. Watch the webinar for everything you need to know for this year’s flu season.


Dr Margie Danchin and Dr Jessica Kaufman then presented on MumBubVax, a multi-component intervention in development to support midwife conversations with pregnant women about vaccination during pregnancy (including influenza and pertussis) to improve maternal and childhood vaccine uptake. 


The content developed for MumBubVax has now been incorporated into the SKAI website; see SKAI Pregnancy & Newborn.


Video resources
Slides and audio from the webinar are available below.
The session was chaired by Dr Frank Beard, Public Health Physician at NCIRS.



Professor Kristine Macartney
Director of NCIRS

Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician and infectious disease specialist. She is a medical graduate of the University of NSW and has almost 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. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She is interested in all aspects of vaccine preventable disease research, particularly policy development, vaccine safety and prevention of viral diseases. She is the Senior Editor of The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Kristine 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, University of Sydney.

Dr Margie Danchin
Paediatrician, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI)

Dr Margie Danchin is a paediatrician at the Royal Children Hospital, Melbourne and clinician researcher and Team leader, Vaccine acceptance, Uptake and Policy, within the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research is focused on developing new interventions to improve vaccine confidence and uptake among different populations and in different settings, vaccine program evaluation and on improving vaccine policy in Australia


Dr Jessica Kaufman
Postdoctoral researcher in vaccine acceptance and communication, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

cid:1D5A6B43-52BC-40A3-BA6B-429C47508825@lanJessica Kaufman is a post-doctoral researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Centre for Health Communication and Participation (La Trobe University), and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne. Her current research projects include designing and testing new interventions to improve uptake and acceptance of maternal and childhood vaccines, vaccine program evaluation, and developing a database of instruments to measure vaccine-related attitudes, knowledge and decision making.


Last updated November 2023