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 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.

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 the Manager of 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 the past 13 years, across the areas of disease surveillance, immunisation policy and vaccine safety. She is the technical editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Michael Wong
Acting Head, Global Health and Strategy  

Michael is a systems engineer with more than 10 years’ experience in global health and complex settings. Before joining NCIRS, Michael was a senior advisor with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and until 2018, led global health policy roles at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters. His previous roles also include: Assistant Secretary for the WHO Committee on Government Donors & Foundations (Maternal & Child Health); Advisor (Sustainable Development Goals) at the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General and Communications Officer in the HIV/AIDS program at the Lowy Institute (later Kirby Institute). He trained in systems engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a graduate of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health and current Research Affiliate in Space Engineering at the University of Sydney.

Chloe Damon BNursing, MIPH
Program Manager, Global Health and Strategy 

Chloé Damon is a public health and international development practitioner with over 10 years domestic and international experience across clinical, government, non-government and multilateral organisations. She is a Program Manager and forms part of the Executive Management Team at NCIRS, where she has worked since 2017 on vaccine safety and global health portfolios. Prior to this, Chloé worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Solomon Islands and provided oversight of sexual reproductive health, child health, nutrition and gender portfolios, including coordination of a United Nation Joint Programme involving WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the Ministry of Health. Her interests include strengthening partnership relationships, the empowerment of women and girls through health, and the prevention of vaccine preventable diseases, particularly in vulnerable and underserved populations. Chloé also serves on the Australian Red Cross Divisional Advisory Board for New South Wales. 

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 March 2021