The National Immunisation Committee’s (NIC) role is to provide advice on the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The NIC also represent the needs and views of vaccination providers and consumers.

The Terms of Reference of the National Immunisation Committee are to:

  1. Progress and oversee implementation of the National Immunisation Strategy.
  2. Provide advice on the strategic direction of the NIP, including policy and program advice that supports the implementation of the Program.
  3. Represent the views of key immunisation stakeholder groups. These include health professionals, peak bodies, consumers and researchers and the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.
  4. Consult and collaborate with other peak immunisation related committees. These include the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), Jurisdictional Immunisation Coordinators (JIC) and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).
  5. Provide advice on the development and implementation of NIP communication strategies.


Current NIC membership as 1 July 2017.

Voting members




Dr Masha Somi

Chair, Department of Health Representative

Assistant Secretary, Immunisation Branch, Department of Health

Dr Vicky Sheppeard

Deputy Chair, Jurisdictional Representative, CDNA Nominee

Director, Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA)

Ms Carolyn Banks

Jurisdictional Representative

Manager, Communicable Diseases Control Business and Immunisation Health Protection Service, Australian Capital Territory Health

Ms Karen Booth

Technical Representative

President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

Dr Penny Burns

Technical Representative

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Ms Sue Campbell-Lloyd AM

Jurisdictional Representative

Manager, Immunisation Unit, New South Wales Ministry of Health

Ms Kate Cheney

Member Representative

Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

Ms Katrina Clark

Member Representative

National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Dr Jane Cook

Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Representative

Assistant Secretary, Medicines Regulation Division Pharmacovigilance and Special Access Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

A/Prof Michael Douglas

Member Representative

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

Ms Simone Duncombe

Jurisdictional Representative

Manager, Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania

Prof Paul Effler

Jurisdictional Representative

Medical Coordinator, Prevention and Control Program, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health, Western Australia

Ms Janice Finlayson

Member Representative

Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses Australia ( MCaFHNA)

Mr Noel Lally

Jurisdictional Representative

Manager, Immunisation Section, Communicable Disease Control Branch, South Australia Health

Ms Alison Marcus

Consumer Representative

Member, Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)

Ms Karly Maurer

Member Representative

Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)

Prof. Peter McIntyre

Member Representative

Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Ms Janine Mohamed

Member Representative

CEO, The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)

Dr Dennis Pashen

Technical Representative

Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)

Mr Stephen Pellissier

Jurisdictional Representative

Manager, Immunisation Health Protection Branch, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

Ms Karen Peterson

Jurisdictional Representative

Manager, Immunisation Program, Communicable Diseases Unit, Queensland Health

Dr Rosalind Webby

Jurisdictional Representative

Head of Immunisation, Centre for Disease Control, Department of Health, Northern Territory

Ms Mary-Anne Williams

Member Representative

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Dr Anne Wilson

Member Representative

Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Related committees and groups

The NIC reports to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) through the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).


For further information, please contact us via post:

NIC Secretariat
Department of Health
Immunisation Branch
GPO Box 9848-MDP 13 


Last updated: 
Friday, December 15, 2017