Steering Group

The consortium will engage at least annually (and more frequently where relevant to specific

projects) with a cross-sectoral Steering committee comprised of key opinion leaders in:



Dr Jenny Firman, Principal Medical Adviser, Office of Health Protection; Australian Government Department of Health

Ms Rhonda Owen, Assistant Secretary, Health Emergency Management Branch, Australian Government Department of Health



Prof Raina MacIntyre, Head, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

Prof Niels Becker, Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University



Prof Terry Nolan, Head, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, and Member WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE)

Prof Peter McIntyre, Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases


Infectious Diseases

Prof Sharon Lewin, Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne and Lead, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Emergency Infectious Disease Response (APPRISE)


Global health

Prof Margaret Hellard, Head, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute

A/Prof Steve Graham, Centre for International Child Health,
Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne



Ms Jenny Herz, Director, Biointelect Pty Ltd



Ms Rebecca Newton, Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration

Scientific Advisory Committee

A separate Scientific Advisory Committee has been convened to provide guidance on technical aspects of the work, and presentation of high impact policy-relevant translational outputs. This group comprises leading modelers and epidemiologists from the region and internationally, with specific expertise in provision of modelling- informed advice for policy.

Name Location Expertise
Dr Ben Cowling School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong Influenza epidemiology, biostatistical modelling
Dr Niel Hens University of Hasselt Centre for Statistics Social contact patterns, estimation from serosurveys
Dr Eddie Holmes


Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases & Biosecurity, and Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney Molecular epidemiology and viral evolutionary genetics


Prof Matt Keeling


Mathematics Institute & School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick Spatial and stochastic effects on disease dynamics & control
A/Prof Vernon Lee


Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Head, Biodefence Centre, Singapore Armed Forces,
Advisor to the Public Health Group, Ministry of Health, Singapore

Infectious disease epidemiology, policy


Prof Mick Roberts


Royal Society Fellow and Chair of Mathematics, Massey University, NZ Epidemiologic modelling, including vaccine effects
Dr Steven Riley


Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London Epidemiologic modelling, incorporating heterogeneity
Dr Jacco Wallinga


Head, Unit Modelling Infectious Disease Epidemiology, RIVM, Netherlands Impact of targeted control measures on dynamics



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