The Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) provides medical advice that is independent and based on science. They provide this advice to the Minister for Health and the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) on issues of safety, quality and effectiveness of vaccines supplied in Australia.

This includes issues relating to assessment before the vaccine is put on the market and monitoring once it is on the market. The ACV also monitors vaccine use in national immunisation programs to ensure it is safe.

The ACV is established under Regulation 39F of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 and the Minister for Health appoints the members. The ACV was established in January 2017. This was in response to joining the roles of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines (ACSOV) and the pre-market functions for vaccines of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (ACPM). The membership includes professionals with expertise in specific scientific, medical or clinical fields, or consumer health issues.


Name Experience

Professor Allen Cheng (Chair)

Professor Allen Cheng is an infectious diseases physician. His current appointments are as Director, Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology at Alfred Health, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University, and as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research.

Professor Cheng has diverse clinical experience in metropolitan and regional hospitals in Australia and internationally, and research interests in clinical infectious diseases, tropical medicine and influenza epidemiology. His PhD thesis was on the bacterial disease melioidosis. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

From 2009 to 2016, Professor Cheng was a member of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines, and he is currently a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Professor Cheng provides expertise in the field of infectious diseases in adults and children.

Ms Karen Booth

Ms Karen Booth is a registered nurse and accredited immuniser and currently works as a primary health care nurse consultant.

Ms Booth is President of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association, and is a member of the National Immunisation Committee (NIC). Other committee and advisory roles include participation in the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, a taskforce on pandemics. She contributed to the development of nationally consistent immuniser accreditation programs and is on the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines.

Ms Booth provides expertise in vaccine program implementation, the provision of immunisation treatment by an individual, and nursing.

Professor Jim Buttery

Professor Jim Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher.

Professor Buttery has been the Director of SAEFVIC, the Victorian immunisation safety service, since its formation in 2007. He is the Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, Monash University; Head, Infection and Immunity, Monash Children's Hospital; and Head, Monash Immunisation, Monash Health. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the Brighton Collaboration and the President of the World Society of Paediatric Infectious Disease. He previously served on the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines.

Professor Buttery provides expertise in infectious diseases in children, epidemiology, vaccine program implementation, and paediatrics.

Professor Michael Gold

Professor Michael Gold is a paediatric allergist and immunologist who holds positions in the Discipline of Paediatrics at the University of Adelaide and is Head of Allergy and Immunology at the Women's and Children's Health Network.

Professor Gold’s extensive research and clinical interests include vaccine safety surveillance using data linkage, and febrile seizure following vaccination in children. He also researches in the prevention of food allergy. Professor Gold was a member of the World Health Organization Global Advisory Committee for Vaccine Safety from 2010 to 2016. He has served on the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines.

Professor Gold provides expertise in the field of immunology and paediatrics.

Professor Paul Johnson

Professor Paul Johnson is an infectious diseases physician in clinical practice and is the Deputy Director of the Infectious Diseases Department at Austin Health.

Professor Johnson trained at the Austin Hospital Clinical School and Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital before moving to the Department of Microbiology at the Royal Children's Hospital. Here he commenced a long-standing research program on the diagnosis, transmission and environmental reservoir of Mycobacterium ulcerans infections. Professor Johnson continues his clinical role at Austin Health and is Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans.

Professor Johnson provides expertise in the field of infectious diseases in adults and children.

Dr Ling Li

Dr Ling Li is a biostatistician and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.

Dr Li has a PhD in statistics from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of Sydney. She has a strong record in study design, health data linkage, meta-analysis and statistical modelling. Her research interests include randomised controlled trials and observational studies, in both methodology development and application, and the quality use of pathology services.

Dr Li provides expertise in the field of biostatistics.

Associate Professor Kristine Macartney

Associate Professor Kristine Macartney is the Deputy Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. She is also an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney.

Associate Professor Macartney’s doctoral thesis was on rotavirus infection and mucosal immunity. She is the senior technical editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (10th edition) and has research interests in viral vaccine- preventable diseases, vaccine safety and policy-making. Associate Professor Macartney served on the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines throughout its period of operation.

Associate Professor Macartney provides expertise in the fields of infectious diseases in children, virology, epidemiology and paediatrics.

Ms Louise Miller Frost

Ms Louise Miller Frost is an experienced director and executive in the health and community services sectors.

Ms Miller Frost has managed clinical services and dealt with clinical governance frameworks, risk management and ethical issues. Her qualifications include a Master of Public Health. She has worked as a consumer representative in the health sector on both national and state committees and currently sits on the SA Board of the Medical Board of Australia and the University of Adelaide's Advisory Committee for Masters Public Health and Masters Health Economics. Ms Miller Frost is the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director of Catherine House Inc, a women's homelessness service.

Ms Miller Frost provides expertise in consumer health issues.

Dr Nicholas Silberstein

Dr Nicholas Silberstein has extensive experience as a general practitioner in Melbourne, and his day-to-day work involves administration of vaccines to children and adults, both for the National Immunisation Program schedules as well as for travel.

Dr Silberstein has also undertaken placements as a medical coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières and related organisations in developing countries. The topic of his Masters thesis was 'Rates of vaccination in two-year-old children in Western Australia'. Dr Silberstein is a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

Dr Silberstein provides expertise in the provision of immunisation treatment by an individual.

Dr Lauren Wilson

Dr Lauren Wilson obtained her PhD from the Australian National University. She has published on coronavirus and holds patents relating to anti-viral compounds.

Dr Wilson has been the research leader in the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory at the Canberra Hospital, and has had various senior roles related to infectious diseases with other government agencies. She is currently undertaking a Secretary of Defence Research Fellowship. Dr Wilson is actively involved in mentoring and enjoys volunteering for scientists in schools to help inspire students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Dr Wilson provides expertise in virology, public health and infectious diseases.


For further information, please contact us via our postal address, email, phone or fax.

Advisory Committee on Vaccines
Department of Health
MDP 71
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

Email: acv [at]

Phone: +61 2 6232 8734
Fax: +61 2 6203 1250

Last updated: 
Friday, December 22, 2017