National Immunisation Committee

Page last updated: 20 February 2017

NIC Terms of Reference

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

  • Lead policy development and evaluation with respect to implementation of the National Immunisation Program and provide advice on strategic directions. Although NIP vaccines are the main focus and priority of the NIC, this does not preclude consideration of implementation issues for other vaccines.
  • Consult and collaborate with stakeholders and other peak immunisation related committees (including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation - ATAGI and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia - CDNA) in the development of national immunisation priorities, strategies and service delivery.
  • Provide advice on communication strategies and materials for informing providers and the community about immunisation policy and programs.
  • Establish task-oriented and/or time-limited working groups as required.

NIC Membership

Current NIC Membership (at 17 February 2017)

Voting Members
Name Role Position/Organisation
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
Mr Stephen Pellissier Jurisdictional Representative Manager, Immunisation Health Protection Branch, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Ms Karen Booth Technical Representative President of the Board, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
Ms Sue Campbell-Lloyd Jurisdictional Representative Manager, Immunisation Unit, New South Wales Health
Dr Jane Cook Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) Representative Head, Post-Market Surveillance Branch , Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA)
Dr Rosalie Schultz Technical Representative Member, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
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 Queensland State Representative, Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia ( MCaFHNA)
Dr Pauline Glover Member Representative Member, Australian College of Midwives ( ACM)
Mr Ian Hawkins Member Representative Member, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)
Dr Anne Wilson Member Representative Member, Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Ms Katrina Clark Member Representative National Indigenous Immunisation Coordinator, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
Ms Alison Marcus Consumer Representative Member, Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)
Prof. Peter McIntyre Member Representative Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
Dr Dennis Pashen Technical Representative Member, Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)
Ms Karen Peterson Jurisdictional Representative Manager, Queensland Health Immunisation Program, Communicable Diseases Unit, Chief Health Officer Branch, Queensland Health
Ms Maureen Watson Jurisdictional Representative Nursing Director, Immunisation Section, Communicable Disease Control Branch, Department of Health, South Australia
Dr Rosalind Webby Jurisdictional Representative Head of Immunisation, Centre for Disease Control, Department of Health, Northern Territory
NACCHO Representative Vacant Member, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Further Information

Postal address:

NIC Secretariat
Department of Health
Immunisation Branch
GPO Box 9848-MDP 13
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Email: NIC Secretariat