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About

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) was officially launched in 1997.

We are a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland. We provide New Zealanders with a local source of independent, factual information based on international and New Zealand scientific research regarding vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits and risks of immunisation. We also provide information and training for health professionals, national immunisation coordination and policy advice and research into many aspects of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.

We provide a variety of products and services for consumers, health professionals, government agencies and the media to improve the understanding and quality of immunisation in New Zealand.

IMAC Vision

To take a visionary role in creating and sustaining healthier communities protected from vaccine preventable diseases through the effective delivery of immunisation services.

IMAC Aims

  1. Communities understand immunisation and its role in the control of vaccine preventable diseases.
  2. Immunisation service delivery is an effective part of integrated health, education and social services.
  3. High standards of immunisation service delivery are set and maintained.
  4. A well resourced, knowledgeable and equitable health professional workforce.
  5. The delivery of original immunisation research that builds scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice.
  6. Equity in access to immunisation services and resources.
  7. The principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi underpin the development and delivery of all proposals, projects, research and services. 

The Team

Director 
Dr Nikki Turner
MBChB, MPH, Dip Obs, DCH, FRNZCGP

National Manager
Loretta Roberts
RN

Director of Immunisation Research and Vaccinology
Helen Petousis-Harris
PhD, MRSNZ

Well Child Tamariki Ora Facilitator / Clinical Advisor
Dr Marguerite Dalton
MBChB, DCH, DCCH, BSc, FRCPCH, FRACP

Communications Manager
Theo Brandt
BSC (Hons.)

Regional Immunisation Advisors

Northern Region
Lisbeth Alley
RGON, PGDipPH

Midland Region
Asmitha Patchay
RN, MN (Clinical), PGCertMgt

Central Region
Bernadette Heaphy
RN, PGDipHSc, BN

South Island
Anna Wall
RN

Advisory Team

0800 Team Leader / 0800 Immunisation Advisor
Leeann Knight
RN, PGCertHSc, BN

0800 Immunisation Advisor / Technical Writer
Karin Batty
RN, PGCertHSc, PBCertCardiothoracicN, AdvCertMgt

0800 Immunisation Advisor
Robyn Johnson
RN, PGCertHSc, BHSc (Nursing)

0800 Immunisation Advisor
Jan Apps
RN

0800 Immunisation Advisor / Central & Southern Regions
Immunisation Education Facilitator

Bernie Costello
RN, Diploma Midwifery, BA Social Sciences

Education Team

Programme Coordinator - Education
Carolyn Fry
PGDipPH, DipTchng, BSc(Hons)

E Learning Coordinator
Trish Wells-Morris
RN, RM, PGDipN

Education Administrator
Sarah Dingle

Office Assistant
Annette Morgan

Northern Region
Immunisation Education Facilitator

Rita Muller
RN, PGCert Well Child/Tamariki Ora

Northern Region
Pacific Immunisation Educator

To be advised

Central Region - Waikato
Immunisation Education Facilitator

Maria Crawford
RCompN, PGDipN, BN

Central Region - Taranaki
Immunisation Education Facilitator

Trish Wells-Morris
RN, RM, PGDipN

Central & Southern Regions
Immunisation Education Facilitator

To be advised

Midland Region
Māori Immunisation Facilitator

Mitch Fray
RCompN, BMid

Research Team

Research Fellow 
Anna Howe
PhD, PGDipSc (HUNT), BCApSc (HUNT), BSc (ANAT), BA (ANTH)

Research Fellow
Janine Paynter
PhD

Medical Writer
Mary Nowlan
PhD

Project Manager
Donna Watson
MA(Psych)

Project Manager 
Barbara McArdle
MCE, BHSc

National Influenza Strategy Group (NISG)

Chair
Barbara McArdle
MCE, BHSc

Administration
Erin Gillette

 

Last updated: Aug 2017