Measles and the potential crisis of childhood immunisations

WEBINAR: Tuesday 6 September 2022, 7.30 - 8.45 pm

This is an NRHCC update on:

  • Measles and its epidemiology, vaccine coverage, signs and symptoms and actions to take - Bryn Thompson, Specialist GP, ARPHS.
  • Childhood immunisations - are we looking at a crisis – Dr Owen Sinclair, Paediatrician, Te Whatu Ora - Waitematā.
  • The current international perspective – recent developments, the next 12-24 months, Australian indigenous rates of immunisation and lessons learned – Chris Maher, Senior Specialist Adviser, Health Emergencies, Respond Global.

As always, the team will answer as many questions as time permits.


Bryn Thompson, Specialist GP

Bryn is a General Practitioner who has worked at Auckland Regional Public Health Service for 5 years.

Passionate about wellness and disease prevention, he contributes across many areas at ARPHS including contact tracer training, disease surveillance, enteric diseases, acute rheumatic fever, outbreaks and house officer supervision.



Owen Sinclair, Paediatrician

Owen is a Māori general paediatrician (Te Rarawa) and is one of only 6 Māori general paediatricians in Aotearoa. He is involved in a number of national committees trying to address ethnic inequities in health.

Regarding immunisation Owen is Chair of the national immunisation task force and the Metro Auckland immunisation governance group. He is also a member of CV-Tag and the CV-IMB.


Chris Maher

Chris is a Senior Specialist Advisor, Health Emergencies, at Respond Global an emergency response consultancy focusing on international health crises and disaster. His career has included being on the frontline of polio eradication and immunisation programme management. In 2021, he was appointed Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor to the global programme in 2012. In January 2018 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Australia by the Government of Australia, in recognition of his work in this area. More recently Mr Maher was Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the WHO in Geneva. He is a Current Senior Adviser to UNICEF Australia on Vaccines and Immunisation.


This webinar is supported by an educational grant from:


This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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