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16 May 2024

A Course in Vaccinology and Immunisation Science

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05 Jun 2024
6.00 - 7.30pm


On behalf of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, we are pleased to announce a course in Vaccinology and Immunisation Science will take place over eight x 1 ½ hour live virtual sessions running from 5 June to 11 September 2024.

Who is this course for?

This practical online course is for people relatively new to the area and for those wanting to broaden and update their understanding of vaccines. Learn about the scientific basis of vaccines, vaccine development and the principles underpinning the introduction and running of immunisation programs.

This includes, but is not limited to, practitioners, academics and researchers, such as primary healthcare and specialist doctors, community and immunisation nurses and pharmacists, those working in public health, government (all levels) and health policy, pharmaceutical industry, regulators, aged care workers, journalists and ethics committee members. We particularly welcome registrations from the Asia Pacific and South Asia regions.

How will the course run?

The course is run over eight session, delivered online each fortnight on Wednesdays at 6pm (AEST). Each 1.5 hour session will be facilitated by world-leading Australian and international experts. Sessions will include principles and case studies with opportunities for learner questions and contributions.

Access to course materials, including an extensive preview video library, will only be provided to registrants. Course completion certificates will also be provided.

How much does this course cost?

In 2024, registration for this eight module course is A$200 (standard). Full-fee remission is available for students (undergraduate and postgraduate), Indigenous healthcare workers and those from low and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Course Learning Outcomes

Develop an understanding of:

  • The vaccine and immunisation ecosystem, from fundamental immunology through modern bioengineering (structure and function-based design) and vaccine platforms, to advanced manufacturing capability and deployment.
  • How vaccine efficacy, effectiveness, safety and impact are measured.
  • The key players in the vaccine lifecycle from industry, regulatory and advisory bodies, healthcare providers, governments and consumers.
  • How immunisation promotes equity, how vaccine acceptance is developed and maintained, and how hesitancy and confidence are modified.
  • How these elements play out in both established and emerging economies, including in Indigenous and displaced population.


5th June - Immunology & Modern Vaccine Design

19th June - Vaccine Evaluation: Clinical Trials & Real World Evidence

3rd July - Economics & Regulation

17th July - Role of Industry

31st July - Immunisation Program Advice & Delivery 

14th August - Immunisation Effectiveness Evaluation 

28th August - Vaccine Safety, Confidence & Hesitancy 

11th September - The Future