IMAC Conference and Workshops

IMAC holds an Immunisation Workshop every year. The one day workshop programme is designed for front-line vaccinators, health care workers and immunisation coordinators. The workshops are a mixture of speaker presentations and concurrent group discussions. The topics tend to focus on practical aspects of service delivery and communication, but there are also clinical and technical updates. Please scroll down this page for 2014 flyer and registration form.

Every second year, the workshop is combined with the National Immunisation Conference. The conference has a more academic focus, presenting recent research from areas of immunology, vaccinology, policy development and other topics. The conference attendees are usually a mix of workshop attendess and additional health professional, local and central government staff.

Both the workshop and conference attract international speakers and attendees. They are excellent opportunities to network with your local, national and international colleagues. We vary the location of the workshop and conferences to allow different regions of New Zealand, but always with airport access from major cities.

The 9th New Zealand Immunisation Conference and pre-conference Workshop
Immunisation for the whole of life
3–5 September 2015

The conference and workshop will be held at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) in Hamilton. Whilst acknowledging the importance of a timely start to immunisation, we will refresh our thinking into how immunisation is a life-long health behaviour-and not just for babies!

We are very honoured to introduce Dr Noni MacDonald as our key note international speaker. Dr MacDonald has long been recognised in Canada as an advocate for children and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease. At Conference she will explore aspects of vaccine hesitancy, and how better to engage with this group.

We are also very pleased to invite Dr Kristine Macartney- an Australian paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases. A graduate of the University of New South Wales, she gained much of her experience in the United States working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She was also a member of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and is interested in all aspects of vaccine preventable disease research. Kristine is currently the Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and 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 Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Sydney.

 Visit the conference website for more information.

Call for abstracts

Workshop: If you wish to present at the workshop portion of this event, please view the information here.

Conference: Abstracts for oral or poster presentations can now be submitted using the online form on the conference website. The call for abstracts closes at 8pm on 8 June 2015.


Delegates can register for the conference via the conference website, and start planning their accommodation.  There are many excellent options within minutes of the venue

Please follow the links below to access the programme and content from past conferences.

  • 2014: Inaugural New Zealand influenza Symposium
  • 2014: National Immunisation Workshop
  • 2013: 8th NZ Immunisation Conference and Workshop
  • 2012: National Immunisation Workshop
  • 2011: 7th NZ National Immunisation Conference and Workshop
  • 2010: National Immunisation Workshop
  • 2009: 6th NZ National Immunisation Conference and Workshop
  • 2008: National Immunisation Workshop
  • 2007: 5th New Zealand National Immunisation Conference and Workshop
  • 2006: National Immunisation Symposium