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About the Conference and Workshop

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) has been organising the New Zealand Immunisation Conference for more than two decades. After a break since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are again offering a two-day Conference, preceded by a one-day Workshop.

This is a great opportunity to join colleagues and peers at the University of Auckland Business School's Sir Owen G Glenn Building to increase your understanding of vaccine-preventable disease control and immunisation delivery services.


On 16 & 17 November 2023, the Conference programme will include a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Immunisation programmes and policy
  • Maternal vaccination
  • Vaccination in the Pacific Islands and NZ Pacific communities
  • Communications, countering misinformation and vaccine safety
  • Learnings, connections and supporting underserved groups
  • New vaccines and vaccine technologies

The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to present their academic research, and other delegates to present their experiences and practices related to service delivery or policy decisions.

We will welcome local and international conference presenters, including these invited guests coming to New Zealand to attend the Conference:

Professor Michelle Giles is Clinical and Health Systems Research Lead, at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, infectious diseases physician and clinician scientist. Her key interest is in improving the health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies through evidence-based clinical management. She leads a number of research projects on maternal immunisation.

Dr Robert Thomsen is Deputy Director General, Public Health Services, Samoa will join us to present on the 2019 measles outbreak in Samoa. A state of emergency was declared during the outbreak and lasted more than a month, and a mass vaccination campaign addressed low immunisation coverage.  

Professor Margie Danchin is a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and Clinician Scientist, University of Melbourne, and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). As leader of the Vaccine Uptake Group at MCRI, her research focuses on vaccine confidence and uptake, particularly amongst high risk-groups and in low and middle-income countries, and on effective risk communication.

Pre-conference Workshop

The Workshop on 15 November is aimed at those directly providing and supporting immunisation services. The national and international programme content will be relevant to vaccination practice in New Zealand.


All registration options require online registration and an individual Immunisation Advisory Centre Learning Management System (IMAC LMS) account. After selecting a registration option, you will be directed to Create new account or Sign in (using an existing username & password).

A registration link is at the top of this page.

Registration options and prices


COST (incl GST)



Standard registration

1-day pre-conference Workshop,

followed by 2-day Conference


15, 16 & 17



2-day Conference only


November 16 & 17


1-day pre-conference Workshop only


November 15


Live Zoom into Conference Day 1

Plenary Sessions

November 16


Live Zoom into Conference Day 2

Plenary Sessions

November 17


Prepaid discounted parking ($13/day) and 16 November Evening Event tickets ($20) can also be purchased when registering for events.

Online registration dates

  • Zoom registrations will be available up to and on the day unless Zoom attendance capacity has been reached.

Payment options

Payment is by credit card. Upon successful registration, a receipt will be emailed. If you are wanting to register and pay for more than one person at a time, each registration needs to be created individually.

If your organisation has given approval to pay your registration fee and has requested an invoice for payment, please email imacconf@auckland.ac.nz with the following details:

  • Name of your organisation
  • Participant/s name and individual email address...
  • Contact name (someone else from your organisation)
  • Email address for contact and organisation accounts email
  • Which events you wish to register for  
  • Venue parking tickets, if required (one required for each day)
  • If invoice request is for more than one person and parking tickets are requested, please note name of person parking will be assigned to.

Registration will be confirmed by email on receipt of payment of invoice. Invoice option only available for in-person events. Zoom plenary sessions payable by credit card.

Thursday 16 November evening event

Available to Conference attendees - for more information see the Social programme tab

Prepaid parking

Discounted all-day venue parking can only be purchased at registration. For more information see the Venue & parking tab.

Planning travel to venue

The Conference will likely start at 8:30am, and the Workshop at 9am or shortly after.

Depending on Auckland traffic, it may take up to 1 hour to travel from the airport to the venue.

For those who are flying domestically on the Friday evening, we suggest you book your flight to depart from 5.30pm onwards. This will allow you to attend until the end of Day 2 with sufficient time to reach the airport and your departure gate.

After the Workshop/Conference

  • A certificate of attendance will be available to download.
  • A link to complete an evaluation survey will be emailed to collect your feedback.
  • Conference attendees will received access to recordings of the plenary sessions.


Please email imacconf@auckland.ac.nz

Programme outline

Draft Conference Programme

The Conference will close on Friday 17 November by 3.30pm.

Draft Workshop Programme

Plenary presenters

Information about confirmed presenters will be posted here as it becomes available.

Margie Danchin

Group Leader and Paediatrician, Vaccine Uptake, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Professor Margie Danchin is a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and Clinician Scientist, University of Melbourne, and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute(MCRI). As leader of the MCRI Vaccine Uptake Group, her research focuses on vaccine confidence and uptake, particularly amongst high risk-groups and in low and middle-income countries, and on effective risk communication. Margie is also committed to efforts to improve vaccine confidence and uptake in the Western Pacific Region, and globally.

Margie works closely with the media, is co-host of the RCH Kids Health Info podcast and is passionate about effective science communication.

She also chairs the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance, is a member of Australian Expert Technical Assistance Program for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access: Policy, Planning and Implementation Advisory Board and is on the steering committee for the MCRICOVID Governance Committee and Melbourne Children’s Global Health.

Michelle Giles

Vaccine Research Leader, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; Deputy Chair of ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation)

Professor Michelle Giles is an adult infectious diseases physician with clinical appointments at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Alfred Health and Monash Health in Melbourne. She also holds academic appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and in the Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Melbourne.

Professor Giles’ clinical and research focus is on infections in pregnancy and maternal immunisation. She is Director of the Infections in Pregnancy service at Monash Health and has established three perinatal infectious diseases clinics embedded within antenatal services. Her research in maternal immunisation has covered uptake, safety, access, cost effectiveness and non-specific protective effects on preterm birth. She is currently a sitting member on the Technical Advisory Group on Group B Streptococcus vaccines to the World Health Organization.

Nuha Mahmoud

Team coordinator Pacific Health Security and Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization, Suva, Fiji

Dr Nuha Mahmoud is a medical doctor by profession and holds an MSc in Disease Control. She brings over 24 years of experience in clinical medicine, public health, emergency response, and research - working at national and international levels. Nuha joins Western Pacific Regional Office/Division of Pacific Technical Support from her most recent role as Head of Sub-Office in Aden, Yemen, where she managed a diverse portfolio of emergency and non-emergency programmes. Nuha previously worked in Liberia as WHO Technical Coordinator for Ebola, in Darfur and in South Sudan, and she has extensive experience in tropical/communicable disease management/response. 

She is a member of Leishmaniasis East African Research Platform(LEAP) and independent consultant of African Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) with 11 years’ experience as member on Data Monitoring and Safety Board (DSMB) on clinical trials on combination therapy.

Kathleen Neuzil   (via Zoom)

Professor in Vaccinology and Director, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland

Dr Kathleen Neuzil is the Myron M. Levine Professor in Vaccinology, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine. An internationally recognised research scientist and advocate in the field of vaccinology, Dr Neuzil has authored more than 300 scientific publications and book chapters on vaccines and infectious diseases. Her clinical and epidemiological studies on vaccine-preventable diseases span dozens of countries and multiple vaccines, including influenza, rotavirus, HPV, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid and COVID-19.  

Dr Neuzil is co-PI of the NIH-funded Leadership Group for the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit network and part of an evaluation team for COVID vaccines and therapeutics in the US. Her 20 years’ involvement in domestic and international vaccine policy included membership on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. She is a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization and of the National Academy of Medicine.

Robert Thomsen

Deputy Director General, Public Health Services, Samoa

AuliaimalaeTagloa Dr Robert Thomsen has held the role of Samoa’s Deputy Director General, Public Health Services since 2019.

After graduating with Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery from the University of the South Pacific Fiji before the Medical school changes to the National University of Fiji, his initial role as House Surgeon in Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia was followed by a variety of Medical Officer roles, and then 12 years as Assistant CEO, Health Service Performance and Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Health, Samoa.

Two major infectious disease events, both requiring strong public health leadership, have occurred while Robert has been in his current role. The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa resulted in more than 80 deaths and lead to a state of emergency declaration and a mass vaccination campaign. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic with the first confirmed case of the virus in Samoa in November 2020. In August 2021 a nationwide door to door, mass vaccination ‘Do It For Samoa’ campaign was launched.

Ashley Bloomfield

Professor, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Sir Ashley Bloomfield trained in medicine at the University of Auckland and specialised in public health medicine. He has 25years’ experience in public policy and health leadership, including at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Sir Ashley was New Zealand’s Director-General of Health from June 2018 to July 2022 and led the country’s health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) in the 2023 New Year's Honours for services to public health and is now a Professor at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health. Sir Ashley's professional areas of interest are non-communicable disease prevention and control and addressing health inequities.

Lisa Connor

Vaccine Evaluation Team Leader, Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, Malaghan Institute

Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in Immunology at Victoria University of Wellington NZ and a Research Associate at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. She obtained her PhD from the University of Otago in 2010 and conducted postdoctoral training at the Trudeau Institute, NY, USA and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington NZ.

In 2018, Lisa was awarded an HRC Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship and joined the School of Biological Sciences as a Lecturer. Her research focuses on the immune response to vaccination, particularly in developing mucosal vaccines for effective immunity in the respiratory tract. In 2020, Lisa became the team leader of the vaccine evaluation team for the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, responsible for testing the immunogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates.

Tevita Funaki

CEO, The Fono

Born in Auckland and raised in Tonga during his youth, Tevita completed a B. Com at Otago University. Further education included studying Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management and Behavioural Economics at Harvard.

Prior to joining The Fono (Primary healthcare service) in July 2010 as CEO, Tevita was the Pacific Health Manager for ProCare Health Ltd and the National Pasifika Liaison Advisor for Massey University. Currently, Tevita is the Chairman of ProCare Health Ltd board and Director of the Co-operative Board representing Pacific interests. He is the only independent member of the Te Whatu Ora Health Services Committee. He also holds governance and advisory positions on a wide range of national and regional forums that impact Pacific communities.

Tevita has established networks and relationships with Pasifika communities across New Zealand, and in particular Auckland Pasifika communities. He has a strong commitment to the wellbeing and prosperity of Pasifika peoples.

Natalie Gauld

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics & Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, the University of Auckland

Dr Natalie Gauld is a pharmacist passionate about reducing barriers to medicines access, including in vaccination. She has reclassified many vaccinations to make administration by pharmacists easier, and has conducted research in access to medicines including leading the Waikato study of pharmacy funding of maternal vaccinations and surveying pharmacists. At Counties Manukau from 2020-2022, Natalie was involved in increasing the number of pharmacies in high priority areas delivering vaccinations, increasing uptake of MMR vaccines through pharmacy, and introducing funded maternal Tdap in pharmacy.

Natalie is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her work with pharmacy and health, a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ), and has the PSNZ's Gold Medal. In 2019, Natalie received the Distinguished Alumnus award for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago. Natalie is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Paediatrics and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, at the University of Auckland, and is self-employed at Natalie Gauld Ltd.

Leo Goldie-Anderson

Senior Disability Lead, Strategy, Planning & Performance, Te Whatu Ora - Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley

Leo Goldie-Anderson is a proud disabled person and advocate for inclusive, accessible and rights-based health services. They are a senior disability lead for Te Whatu Ora, and have been providing disability equity leadership across the healthcare system since 2019, including throughout the COVID-19 response.

Matire Harwood

Head of Department General Practice and Primary Healthcare, University of Auckland

Associate Professor Matire Harwood, Ngāpuhi, (MBChB, PhD) is a Māori health academic at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, where she is Head of Department, teaches and undertakes research. She is a General Practitioner at Papakura Marae health clinic in South Auckland.  

She has served on several national Boards and Advisory Committees including Waitematā District Health Board, Health Research Council, COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group at the Ministry of Health and is a member of the Hauora Māori Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health, tasked with overseeing the implementation of the new Māori Health Authority, Te Aka Whai Ora.  

Matire has received numerous awards for her work including the 2017 L’Oréal UNESCO New Zealand ‘For Women In Science Fellowship’ for research in Indigenous health, the Health Research Council’s Te Tohu Rapuora 2019 award for leadership in research to improve Māori health and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Community Service Medal in 2022.

Claire MacDonald

Midwifery Advisor, New Zealand College of Midwives

Claire is a Midwifery Advisor at Te Kāreti o ngā Kaiwhakawhānau ki Aotearoa | NZ College of Midwives, and has a Public Health and Equity portfolio. She led the College’s national Covid-19 response, including vaccination. Her work on maternal immunisation involves raising the needs of midwives and whānau with Te Whatu Ora, IMAC and national health sector entities, and promoting current and reputable information on vaccination to midwives and the public. Claire was a member of Te Whatu Ora National Immunisation Taskforce and now Te Whatu Ora Childhood Immunisation Taskforce.

Claire has a Master of Public Health and is dedicated to improving and being accountable for health equity in maternity.

Helen Petousis-Harris

Director of Vaccine Datalink and Research Group, University of Auckland and Co-Director of the Global Vaccine Data Network

Helen Petousis-Harris is a Vaccinologist, Co-Director of the Global Vaccine Data Network(GVDN), and Associate Professor at the School of Population Health at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland. She is a media spokesperson on vaccines and vaccination, and a science communicator. She was previously Chair of the World Health Organization Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety(GACVS). Helen has been involved in immunisation-related research in New Zealand since 1998, including clinical, social science, epidemiological and health systems. Her main research areas are vaccine safety and vaccine effectiveness.

Jemma Titheridge

Marketing Team Lead, Health Promotion Directorate, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand

Jemma Titheridge has been involved in a range of immunisation social marketing initiatives including Karawhiua, a COVID-19 vaccination campaign for Māori communities, and the Guardians of the Future MMR catch-up campaign. She has been involved with Te Whāinga o te Mārama, the project she will present on, since its inception in 2021. Jemma is passionate about sharing the theory and practice of social marketing with kaimahi in health and beyond, as well as applying whānau and community-based approaches to all of her work.

Jemma holds a Bachelor of Design, Hons (Visual Communication) from Massey University. She grew up in Marlborough and Aitutaki and has made Wellington her home for the past 12 years.

Esther Willing

Senior Lecturer in Hauora Māori, Director of Kōhatu – Centre for Hauora Māori, University of Otago

Dr Esther Willing (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngā Ruahine) is a Senior Lecturer in Hauora Māori and the Director of Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori. Her research interests include health policy and health systems research and she is passionate about improving Māori health outcomes and addressing health inequities in Aotearoa.

Esther is currently involved in research on immunisation uptake and coverage for hapu māmā and tamariki, guidelines for prioritising intensive care resources to support equity and discourse and framing of Māori health.

Share your mahi - submit an abstract

Abstract submissions are CLOSED. Submitters have been informed of the outcome by email.

All accepted presenters will be need to be registered for the Conference by 15 September to be included in the programme. See the Registration tab above for more information before registering via the Register Now link at the top of the page.  

Oral presentation streams

  1. Academic Research – for project-based qualitative or quantitative research conducted to answer key questions about immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases. Abstracts will be required to include details on background, methods, results and conclusions.
  2. Policy & Practice – to present experiences and practices related to service delivery or policy decisions. Abstracts will be required to include clear context, process, analysis and outcomes.

Abstract themes

  • Immunisation programmes and policy
  • Maternal vaccination
  • Vaccination in the Pacific Islands and NZ Pacific communities
  • Vaccine safety and communication
  • Learnings, connections and supporting underserved groups
  • New vaccines and vaccine technology

ANZIC2023 Oral and poster abstract guidelines and rules for submission

Social programme

Networking after the Workshop

15 November 2023

Immediately following the Workshop, drinks and nibbles will be available onsite for attendees. There is no charge for this event.

Conference Evening Event

16 November 2023

Lula Inn @6pm 149 Quay St, Viaduct Harbour. The Lula Inn is walkable from the Conference venue and to most city centre accommodation.

The Evening Event, for those attending the Conference, includes dinner and will provide a great opportunity to relax and catch up with colleagues.

We’re aiming for a casual, fun event and, after plenty of time for tasty food and great conversations, there’ll be an opportunity to take to the dance floor. We have the whole venue booked until 10pm and from then on it will be open to the public.

Tickets are $20 incl GST and can be purchased at the same time as payment for the Conference.

You will be given your ticket upon registering on the morning of the Conference. Please ensure you have it with you for admission to the function that evening.

Accommodation and travel

Nearby accommodation to the venue

Visit this link to Google Maps to find moderately-priced accommodation near the Conference venue.

Google Maps can also show walking times and routes between accommodation options and the Conference venue.

Several larger hotels are offering Conference discounts (please click on hotel name for discount info):


Grand Millennium Auckland


VR Queen Street (use promo code IMAC2023 at the bottom of the page)  

Travelling to the venue

If you will be flying home within New Zealand on the Friday evening, we suggest you book your flight to depart after 5.30pm. This allows you to attend until the end of Day 2 with sufficient time to reach the airport and your departure gate.

For information on getting to and from the airport visit aucklandairport.co.nz/transport

Travel within Auckland

For information on using public transport within Auckland, try the Auckland Transport Journey Planner and also see how to pay for public transport. For most public bus services, you will need an AT HOP card as the bus services do not currently take cash or EFTPOS cards.

Venue and Parking


The Sir Owen G Glenn Building is situated at 12 Grafton Road, Auckland CBD.  The Workshop and Conference registration desk will be situated on Level 0 and will be signposted.

See venue on Google Maps  

See map showing Owen G Glenn main entrance and entrance to the carpark

The carpark is open 6.30am to 11.30pm and has five levels of car parking. After 11.30pm, after exiting the barrier arm, the security grille will rise as your car approaches.

Onsite pre-paid parking

When completing online registration, you can pre-purchase discounted all-day parking tickets ($13/day) for the Owen G Glenn Building carpark.

This is by far the most cost-effective and stress-free way for those travelling by car to the venue, with covered secure parking in the basement of the venue.

  • All-day discounted parking tickets must be pre-paid during registration and cannot be purchased at the Conference or Workshop.
  • Purchase one ticket for each day you are in attendance, when paying for registration.
  • On entering the car park remove your ticket from the barrier arm and take it with you.
  • At registration on your first day, you will be given your pre-purchased tickets.
  • Insert a pre-purchased ticket at the barrier arm when exiting the carpark building.
  • The pre-purchased parking ticket allows you to exit the carpark building once.

Onsite casual parking

Casual hourly parking is available at $5 per hour, to a maximum of $25, Monday to Friday.

  • On entering the car park take your ticket at the barrier arm and take it with you.
  • When you return to the car park, pay for the parking at the pay station by the lifts before returning to your vehicle.
  • Insert your ticket to raise the barrier arm and exit the carpark.


Please email imacconf@auckland.ac.nz  

Last updated:
August 2023