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Media Release Dr Michael Wooldridge

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LEADERS IN THE FIELD TO RUN NEW IMMUNISATION RESEARCH CENTRE

A consortium of nationally recognised leaders in the fields of immunisation, vaccine-preventable diseases and child health has won the tender to establish the Federal Government's National Centre for Immunisation Research.

Research conducted by the centre will be crucial in identifying why Australia's immunisation rates are so low and in assisting us to devise methods to overcome the barriers to immunisation, the Federal Minister for Health and Family Services, Dr Michael Wooldridge said today.

The consortium is headed by Associate Professor Margaret Burgess and will be based at the New Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.

"Dr Burgess has campaigned tirelessly for immunisation over many years and her experience and enthusiasm will be an invaluable asset to the Government as we try to lift the rate of childhood immunisation in Australia," Dr Wooldridge said.

The Government has committed an initial $1 million over two years to establishing the Centre under the Seven Point Immunise Australia Program announced in February.

"The Centre has a brief to improve the quality of Australian data on vaccine-preventable diseases, identify areas where further research is needed and to provide opportunities for postgraduate and post-doctoral training of scientific and medical staff in immunisation research.

"The consortium will build upon the work Dr Burgess has already been doing with the Centre for Immunisation Research at the New Children's Hospital and will also draw upon the expertise of a number of her colleagues at the hospital as well as immunisation and infectious diseases from the NSW Department of Health, the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

"I look forward to drawing on the Centre's research findings to help frame future initiatives to ensure Australian children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases," Dr Wooldridge said.

Contact:

Lyn Dunlevy, Dr Wooldridge's office 06 277 7220 Kathryn Ager, Royce Communications, 03 9820 3733

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Director:

Professor Margaret Burgess, Director, Centre for Immunisation Research, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Investigators:

Ms Sue Campbell-Lloyd, Immunisation Coordinator, AIDS Infectious Disease Branch, NSW

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Dr Mark Person, Director, Public Health Unit, South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service

Professor Lyn Gilbert, Director, Centre for Infectious Disease and Microbiology Laboratory Services, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital and Head, Microbiology, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Mr Mark Hanlon, Chief Laboratory Scientist, Department of Immunology, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Professor Mark Harris, School of Community Medicine, University of New South Wales and Director, Department of General Practice, South Western Sydney Area Health Service

Dr Tim Heath, Research Fellow, Centre for Immunisation Research, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Associate Professor David Isaacs, Head, Department of Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Dr Alyson Kakakios, Physician in Charge, Immunology Laboratory, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Dr Jeremy McAnulty, Medical Adviser, AIDS Infectious Diseases Branch, NSW Department of Health

Dr Peter McIntyre, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Clinical Associate Professor Craig Mellis, Head, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead

Professor Kim Oates who is the Douglas Burrows Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney

Dr Jennifer Peat, Statistician, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, New Children's Hospital, Westmead, Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney

Dr Peter Robertson, Head, Serology, South Eastern Area Laboratory Service, NSW

Associate Professor John Zeigler, Head, Department of Immunology and Allergy, Sydney Children's Hospital and University of New South Wales.

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