'Vaccine Heroes' Immunisation Conference 2019

'Vaccine Heroes: Promoting Vaccines for All' was the theme for the Biennial Immunisation Conference held at the NEX Convention Centre in Newcastle over Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August. More than 600 health professionals from across NSW and interstate attended the conference over the Friday evening and Saturday sessions.

A collaboration between the HNECC Primary Health Network and the Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts, the conference celebrated the work of everyday 'Vaccine Heroes'; immunisation providers including nurses, doctors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, pharmacists, medical, nursing and healthcare students. Conference presenters provided updated information on a range of topics including:

  • Australian Immunisaton Register (AIR)
  • Maternal vaccinations
  • HPV coverage
  • Changes in immunisation over the past 25 years
  • Travel vaccines
  • Cold Chain Management
  • The Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

The majority of presentations delivered during the conference have been added to this site. Go to the 'Presentations' listing and click on the presentation to download and view it. Click on 'more ...' to view all presentations and other relevant conference resources (e.g. programs, poster abstracts).


CONFERENCE VIDEO

Check out the Vaccine Heroes Conference video highlighting some of our key presenters and themes.


CONFERENCE EVALUATION / FEEDBACK

Conference participants were invited to provide evaluation and feedback using the slido online platform. The following information includes responses to evaluation questions, and a selection of comments provided by attendees.

EVALUATION QUESTIONS

Comments

  • More interaction
  • …. can we please have something or someone from the private sector as so much isn’t relevant at all to us, we have no access to the programs you have and don’t know what to do or where to go
  • Would have liked discussion on meningococcal
  • Would have appreciated more on clinical management following AEFI
  • Repeat of topics Friday night & Saturday (AIR & Handbook) was disappointing
  • Ask presenters to slightly shorten presentations to allow questions. Love the use of slido. Great way of screening questions and getting to pertinent issues.
  • Not so much of an immunisation update this year. I like to attend every year to get my head around any changes.
  • A nursing practical skills focused update would be good
  • … It would be good to have a bit more General Practice-specific content. Like Practice Nurses sharing how they run immunisation clinics or how they stay on top of immunisation recalls.
  • Maybe next time there could be streams of education
  • Wonderful international speakers. Thank you for organising such a quality event. Nurses don’t usually get such expert education.
  • I would like more info on the efficacy of different vaccines.
  • I really loved the Q&A panel, more of that would have been great
  • More on updating our knowledge for all programs – e.g. school program, HCW vaccination. Perhaps consider concurrent sessions


Comments

  • Awesome, informative. You all make us feel a million bucks as immunisers.
  • Good subjects and presenters in good order, may be look to occupational vaccinations
  • … one 30-minute talk from an aboriginal woman who is a Health worker does not even begin to bridge the gap.
  • Incredible presenters. Greatly appreciate their time and all the effort that has gone into the making of this conference.
  • The conference is a great way to network and talk to others who are involved in the same line of work. A very valuable conference.
  • As a Staff Health nurse, I found the conference very informative.
  • I would have liked to have heard more about the vaccination schedule, changes / additions in the pipe- line.
  • On the positive side, the speakers and topics ARE LEGEND!
  • I am in awe. I feel I am doing well in immunisation world. Good to have contact with others in different fields of immunisation.
  • There was too much statistical data, organisational goals and information which I can’t take back to my clinical practice to provide better care.
  • The maternal vaccinations was great and the vaccination specialisation talk was great too as it taught us clinical information.
  • I really felt inspired and privileged that I was a health professional who immunises.
  • Please address all questions submitted on slido. Please be inclusive of those from the Central Coast as well as the local heroes.


Comments

  • LOVED all speakers. With their presence it reinforces we are ALL part of a massive SUPER HERO TEAM.
  • Patty is an excellent mc and the sexual health doctor was brilliant and very engaging.
  • Can we run it on a weekday? Great food, Information brilliant
  • Better access to food. Minimize congestion.
  • Closer front-facing screens on each side of stage would have been helpful, not necessarily easy to implement.
  • Such a great event - loved slido & polling. Great way to engage audience and get our questions answered – loved lanyard, great way to support community - great speakers.
  • Ask presenters to slightly shorten presentations to allow questions
  • Catering could be better for special needs
  • The first speaker should keep her political views elsewhere
  • I enjoyed Friday night but was disappointed to have the content repeated the next day.
  • The concept of the talks was good but needed clinical education. We are nurses and similar, not researchers, administrators, QI personnel.
  • A video of the conference would be good to be able to refer to afterwards or to share with the people we work with.
  • Patrick is great at introducing everyone! With passion and caring!
  • This was one of the most informative conferences I have been to for ages


Comments

  • This was one of the best immunisation conferences I’ve ever attended.
  • … What an amazing and dynamic team to organise and re enthuse is! Thankyou
  • Great job, Scan code to enter was great idea, Great speakers, Thankyou
  • Excellent night very informative also a little fun after a hard Friday at work well done PHN ...
  • It will be hard to beat this venue
  • A very valuable conference. Congratulations to the organisers. So well done and run!!!
  • Very well organised & I love the sing song at the end very clever.
  • I absolutely enjoyed the conference. Venue was perfect, food was awesome.
  • The Kids were just great
  • … it was good you had a lot of staff at the stairs. They were all so friendly and efficient, a great start to the day!
  • Next time can we please buy T-shirts like the staff wore?
  • Great speakers, well organised, wonderful communication and lovely food.
  • Both ‘end book’ speakers were entertaining with their wealth of knowledge that they could transform with clarity, respect and empowerment. The ‘in between speakers’ transpired their knowledge with the same emphasis. Thank you so much and see you down the Central Coast in 2021.



'Vaccine Heroes: Promoting Vaccines for All' was the theme for the Biennial Immunisation Conference held at the NEX Convention Centre in Newcastle over Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August. More than 600 health professionals from across NSW and interstate attended the conference over the Friday evening and Saturday sessions.

A collaboration between the HNECC Primary Health Network and the Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts, the conference celebrated the work of everyday 'Vaccine Heroes'; immunisation providers including nurses, doctors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, pharmacists, medical, nursing and healthcare students. Conference presenters provided updated information on a range of topics including:

  • Australian Immunisaton Register (AIR)
  • Maternal vaccinations
  • HPV coverage
  • Changes in immunisation over the past 25 years
  • Travel vaccines
  • Cold Chain Management
  • The Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

The majority of presentations delivered during the conference have been added to this site. Go to the 'Presentations' listing and click on the presentation to download and view it. Click on 'more ...' to view all presentations and other relevant conference resources (e.g. programs, poster abstracts).


CONFERENCE VIDEO

Check out the Vaccine Heroes Conference video highlighting some of our key presenters and themes.


CONFERENCE EVALUATION / FEEDBACK

Conference participants were invited to provide evaluation and feedback using the slido online platform. The following information includes responses to evaluation questions, and a selection of comments provided by attendees.

EVALUATION QUESTIONS

Comments

  • More interaction
  • …. can we please have something or someone from the private sector as so much isn’t relevant at all to us, we have no access to the programs you have and don’t know what to do or where to go
  • Would have liked discussion on meningococcal
  • Would have appreciated more on clinical management following AEFI
  • Repeat of topics Friday night & Saturday (AIR & Handbook) was disappointing
  • Ask presenters to slightly shorten presentations to allow questions. Love the use of slido. Great way of screening questions and getting to pertinent issues.
  • Not so much of an immunisation update this year. I like to attend every year to get my head around any changes.
  • A nursing practical skills focused update would be good
  • … It would be good to have a bit more General Practice-specific content. Like Practice Nurses sharing how they run immunisation clinics or how they stay on top of immunisation recalls.
  • Maybe next time there could be streams of education
  • Wonderful international speakers. Thank you for organising such a quality event. Nurses don’t usually get such expert education.
  • I would like more info on the efficacy of different vaccines.
  • I really loved the Q&A panel, more of that would have been great
  • More on updating our knowledge for all programs – e.g. school program, HCW vaccination. Perhaps consider concurrent sessions


Comments

  • Awesome, informative. You all make us feel a million bucks as immunisers.
  • Good subjects and presenters in good order, may be look to occupational vaccinations
  • … one 30-minute talk from an aboriginal woman who is a Health worker does not even begin to bridge the gap.
  • Incredible presenters. Greatly appreciate their time and all the effort that has gone into the making of this conference.
  • The conference is a great way to network and talk to others who are involved in the same line of work. A very valuable conference.
  • As a Staff Health nurse, I found the conference very informative.
  • I would have liked to have heard more about the vaccination schedule, changes / additions in the pipe- line.
  • On the positive side, the speakers and topics ARE LEGEND!
  • I am in awe. I feel I am doing well in immunisation world. Good to have contact with others in different fields of immunisation.
  • There was too much statistical data, organisational goals and information which I can’t take back to my clinical practice to provide better care.
  • The maternal vaccinations was great and the vaccination specialisation talk was great too as it taught us clinical information.
  • I really felt inspired and privileged that I was a health professional who immunises.
  • Please address all questions submitted on slido. Please be inclusive of those from the Central Coast as well as the local heroes.


Comments

  • LOVED all speakers. With their presence it reinforces we are ALL part of a massive SUPER HERO TEAM.
  • Patty is an excellent mc and the sexual health doctor was brilliant and very engaging.
  • Can we run it on a weekday? Great food, Information brilliant
  • Better access to food. Minimize congestion.
  • Closer front-facing screens on each side of stage would have been helpful, not necessarily easy to implement.
  • Such a great event - loved slido & polling. Great way to engage audience and get our questions answered – loved lanyard, great way to support community - great speakers.
  • Ask presenters to slightly shorten presentations to allow questions
  • Catering could be better for special needs
  • The first speaker should keep her political views elsewhere
  • I enjoyed Friday night but was disappointed to have the content repeated the next day.
  • The concept of the talks was good but needed clinical education. We are nurses and similar, not researchers, administrators, QI personnel.
  • A video of the conference would be good to be able to refer to afterwards or to share with the people we work with.
  • Patrick is great at introducing everyone! With passion and caring!
  • This was one of the most informative conferences I have been to for ages


Comments

  • This was one of the best immunisation conferences I’ve ever attended.
  • … What an amazing and dynamic team to organise and re enthuse is! Thankyou
  • Great job, Scan code to enter was great idea, Great speakers, Thankyou
  • Excellent night very informative also a little fun after a hard Friday at work well done PHN ...
  • It will be hard to beat this venue
  • A very valuable conference. Congratulations to the organisers. So well done and run!!!
  • Very well organised & I love the sing song at the end very clever.
  • I absolutely enjoyed the conference. Venue was perfect, food was awesome.
  • The Kids were just great
  • … it was good you had a lot of staff at the stairs. They were all so friendly and efficient, a great start to the day!
  • Next time can we please buy T-shirts like the staff wore?
  • Great speakers, well organised, wonderful communication and lovely food.
  • Both ‘end book’ speakers were entertaining with their wealth of knowledge that they could transform with clarity, respect and empowerment. The ‘in between speakers’ transpired their knowledge with the same emphasis. Thank you so much and see you down the Central Coast in 2021.



  • Rebuilding trust in vaccines key focus of Newcastle immunisation conference

    3 months ago
    Newcastle herald story

    The Newcastle Herald interviewed conference presenter, Associate Professor Margie Danchin. This is the published article.

    WITH 43 per cent of parents having concerns about vaccinations, the need to build trust and confidence in the Childhood Immunisation Program is so important in re-establishing good coverage, Associate Professor Margie Danchin says.

    "This year the World Health Organisation identified vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 global threats to public health," she said. "So there is a real recognition - globally - that we need to build and sustain confidence in vaccines, and my personal belief is that that needs to start...

    The Newcastle Herald interviewed conference presenter, Associate Professor Margie Danchin. This is the published article.

    WITH 43 per cent of parents having concerns about vaccinations, the need to build trust and confidence in the Childhood Immunisation Program is so important in re-establishing good coverage, Associate Professor Margie Danchin says.

    "This year the World Health Organisation identified vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 global threats to public health," she said. "So there is a real recognition - globally - that we need to build and sustain confidence in vaccines, and my personal belief is that that needs to start in pregnancy."

    Professor Danchin, a paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital - and lead of the Vaccine Acceptance, Uptake and Policy Group at Murdoch Children's Research Institute - said the rapidity with which misinformation could be spread via social media was one of the major contributors to diminishing vaccine confidence, as well as safety scares. She will share her knowledge and experience with more than 550 local doctors, nurses, students and allied health professionals at the "Vaccine Heroes" conference in Newcastle on Saturday.

    She said many parents had concerns about the number of vaccines given in the first two years of life, whether vaccine ingredients were toxic, and whether they affected the immune system.

    So far this year, there have been 150 cases of measles in Australia. In 2018, there were 103 in total. In 2017, there were 81. In the Philippines, there have been more than 40,000 recent cases of measles, mostly in children, and over 400 deaths.

    "That was mostly attributed to a loss of trust and confidence in the childhood vaccination program as a result of a vaccine scare related to a new dengue vaccine in 2016, which was associated with some deaths.

    "Parents became frightened and fearful, and they didn't only stop vaccinating their children against dengue, they stopped vaccinating against measles. As a result, that altered their confidence in routine vaccines, and they had a really bad outbreak."

    In Australia, 43 per cent of parents had some concerns about vaccination, Professor Danchin said.

    "If you look at the national coverage figures, you'd say we were fairing quite well... but if you look at smaller areas - like the inner city areas of both Melbourne and Sydney, they have coverage around the mid-to-high 80s for the two year old time point, which is quite low when you see the national coverage for that time point is around 91 per cent," she said. "The national vaccine figures can actually mask under-vaccination and pockets of low coverage around the country. We need to build trust, and sustained confidence, that vaccines are good and safe and they work."