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World Pneumonia Day: Championing the fight to stop pneumonia

Monday 13 November 2023

This webinar is to mark World Pneumonia Day which occurs annually on the 12th of November. World Pneumonia Day was established by the Stop Pneumonia Initiative in 2009 to raise awareness of the toll of pneumonia and to advocate for global action to protect against, help prevent and effectively treat pneumonia.

Pneumonia remains a leading killer of children and adults globally. Despite available interventions, pneumonia claims the lives of 800,000 children per year predominantly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Childhood deaths from pneumonia are preventable using vaccines, diagnostic tools and treatments, but issues of availability, access, and cost remain obstacles in LMICs. 

Event details

  • Date: Monday 13th November 2023
  • Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm AEDT
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Meet the Chair

Associate Professor Claire von Mollendorf: Team leader, New Vaccines, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Meet the speakers

The webinar includes three speakers from the region. 

Professor Trevor Duke: Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. 

Professor Pope Kosalaraksa: Department of Paediatrics, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Professor Anna Ong-Lim: Division of Infectious and Tropical Disease in Paediatrics, Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines, Manila

Australia Awards Fellowship vaccine research training program

Thursday 26 October – Sunday 29 October 2023

Our partner at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is holding the second part of our Australia Awards Fellowship vaccine research training program.

Event details

  • Date: Thursday 26 October – Sunday 29 October 2023
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Join online for free via Zoom.

Event program

Read the full program: pdfAustralia Awards Fellowship – UGM Program – Oct 2023.pdf215.41 KB

COVID-19 vaccine mandates – the good, the bad and the ugly

19 September 2023

During the pandemic, COVID-19 vaccine mandates were commonly used worldwide. In Australia, adults and teenagers needed to be vaccinated to keep their job or enter public places such as cafés, movie theatres and gyms. In Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim society, vaccine mandates were implemented despite no Halal vaccine being available.

In this seminar, we will have a vaccinologist, physician, bioethicist and political scientist speaking on the implications of mandates in Indonesia and Australia. We will hear about the research being undertaken to understand the effectiveness and consequences of Australia's COVID-19 vaccine mandates. We will also be joined by a panel of DFAT Australian Award Fellows who will discuss COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the ramifications of this policy in their context.

Join us online for this free event, everyone is welcome! Contact us with any questions at 

Event details

Meet the Co-Chairs

Professor Fiona Russell: Group Leader, Asia-Pacific Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Director, Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne

Professor Margie Danchin: Group Leader, Vaccine Uptake, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne

Meet the speakers

Professor Jarir at Thobari: Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Dr Chris Lemoh: Infectious Disease & General Physician, Senior Clinical Fellow, Department of Medicine, Western Health, The University of Melbourne

Dr Euzebiusz Jamrozik: Postdoctoral Fellow, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Associate Professor Katie Attwell: Associate Professor, VaxPolLab, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia

Australia Awards Fellowship Vaccine Research Training Masterclasses

14-19 September 2023

Murdoch Children's Research Institute is hosting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia Awards Fellows for Vaccine Research Training Masterclasses for immunisation policy decisions. The masterclasses will focus on south-to-south learning to help find solutions to common vaccine policy and immunisation challenges. Each masterclass will cover various topics including basic vaccinology and using research evidence for immunisation policy making, using a case-based approach. Through discussion, we aim to identify priority vaccine research needs for the region and the elements needed to establish an Asia-Pacific Vaccine Research Network. If these masterclasses interest you, please join us virtually via Zoom. 

Event details

Draft program

pdfMasterclasses AAF Fellowship Training – September252.05 KB

Why do we need a new tuberculosis vaccine?

27 July 2023

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's leading infectious killers.

Although it is curable, drug-resistant TB is a growing problem. Millions of infected people are either not diagnosed or not treated, putting them at risk of dying and/or infecting others. While the BCG vaccine is effective in preventing severe forms of TB in young children, it does not adequately protect adults and adolescents, who account for most transmission.

In this webinar, we heard about why we need to develop a new vaccine, the limitations of the current vaccine, what new vaccines are on the horizon and the challenges associated with their development.

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The topics addressed in this webinar include:

  • Burden of tuberculosis and multidrug resistant tuberculosis
  • Limitations of BCG vaccine and challenges of developing a new vaccine
  • What new vaccines are on the horizon?

Meet the Co-Chairs

Professor Steve Graham: Group Leader, International Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Professor of International Child Health, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne

Professor Fiona Russell: Group Leader, Asia-Pacific Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Director, Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne

Meet the speakers 

Dr Trisasi Lestari: Researcher and Lecturer, Center for Tropical Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Research Consultant, Menzies School of Health Research

Professor Nigel Curtis: Group Leader, Infectious Diseases, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Head, Infectious Diseases, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Melbourne

Professor Jamie Triccas: Professor of Medical Microbiology and Theme Leader, Immunity and Inflammation, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney

About the Asia-Pacific Vaccine Research Network

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has been awarded an Australian Awards Fellowship grant by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide training in vaccine research which informs immunisation policy and establish an Asia-Pacific Vaccine Research Network. This is in collaboration with Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia. The Fellows include National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group members, vaccinologists, vaccine researchers, clinicians and Ministry of Health personnel from across seven countries in the region. This Asia-Pacific Vaccine Research Network Seminar Series is part of an ongoing professional development program.