Professor Kristine Macartney MBBS, BMedSci, MD, FRACP
Director, 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.

Associate Professor Nicholas Wood MBBS, MPH, FRACP, PhD
Associate Director, Clinical Research and Services, NCIRS
Senior Staff Specialist

Nicholas Wood is a staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. Nick 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.  Nick 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.

Dr Clayton Chiu MBBS, MRCP (UK), MPH&TM, GradDipAppEpi, FAFPHM
Associate Director, Immunisation Policy Support and Guideline Development, NCIRS
Public Health Physician/Lecturer

Clayton Chiu is a public health physician, trained in adult internal medicine and public health. His main interests are in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, immunisation for prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases, and knowledge translation to support development of population vaccination policies. He is also a conjoint lecturer of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, The University of Sydney.

Dr Frank Beard MBChB, BA, MPH, MHA, Grad Dip App Epi, FAFPHM
Associate Director, Coverage, Evaluation, Surveillance and Social Science, NCIRS
Public Health Physician/Senior Lecturer

Frank Beard is a public health physician who heads the coverage, evaluation, surveillance and social research team at NCIRS and has a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in The University of Sydney School of Public Health. 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. After becoming a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 2004, he moved to Queensland and worked for 8 years in the Communicable Diseases Unit. He joined NCIRS in 2013. His main interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable disease, vaccine coverage analysis  and immunisation program evaluation.

Dr Aditi Dey MBBS, DTM&H, GradDipApplSc (HIM), MPH, PhD
Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer

Aditi Dey is Manager, Surveillance at NCIRS and holds a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney. Aditi has 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. Aditi worked at the University of Sydney and also in Thailand and India before joining NCIRS. At NCIRS, she is involved in program evaluation, coverage of vaccines, and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunisation. Aditi has experience in supervision of research students and teaching and coordination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Dr Helen Quinn BSc (Hons), PhD, MAppEpid
Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer

Helen is a Senior Research Fellow at NCIRS and 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. Helen has worked at NCIRS for over 15 years, across the areas of disease surveillance, immunisation policy and vaccine safety. She is the technical editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Michael Wong
Head, Global Health and Strategy  

Michael Wong heads the Global Health team at NCIRS. In this role, he leads the secretariat for Australia’s Expert Technical Assistance Program for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access: Policy, Planning and Implementation (AETAP – PPI), in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security and other Australian institutions. Michael is a biomedical engineer with public health leadership experience across global, country and remote rural settings. Previously, Michael has worked as a senior advisor with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an advisor at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and for six years worked at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. He has worked in senior vaccine service delivery roles in the Indo-Pacific, including in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health and currently conducts additional research through the University of Sydney’s School of Aerospace, Mechatronic & Mechanical Engineering. 

Karyn Phillips BAppSc (HIM)
Head, Business and Research Operations 

Karyn Phillips provides business support for NCIRS. She is a graduate from the Australian College of Health Services Executives Management Training Program, with qualifications in Health Information Management. Karyn has experience in business management, including organisational and financial management for hospital services, as well as experience in patient services and quality management. 

Stoy Drinic BSc
Research Grants and Contracts Manager 

Stoy Drinic manages the research grants and contracts at NCIRS. Stoy has over 10 years’ experience in research administration and management gained at funding agencies and in the university sector. Stoy has expertise in pre- and post- award grants management, project management and operational planning. Stoy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Newcastle.

Last updated October 2021