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Current challenges in measles control


September 14 and 15 2015
(9:00am – 4:30pm)

UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney, NSW 2052

The UNSW SPHCM and the Australian Response MAE network (ARM) welcome you to a workshop on maintaining measles elimination in Australia.


In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that measles elimination had been achieved by Australia – a success of the National Immunisation Program which has ensured high levels of measles vaccination coverage since the measles control campaign of 1998. Despite the elimination of endemic measles in Australia, there remains a risk of importation from countries experiencing transmission. Measles remains a global problem, particularly in Asia, with travel being a major vector for importation into Australia. Movement of people between Australia and New Zealand also appears to contribute to measles epidemics. The larger and longer than usual measles outbreaks in recent years in Australia have heightened the need to close the immunity gaps; with young adults, unimmunised children and selected culturally and linguistically diverse groups being the main risk groups. The uncertainty around waning measles immunity and recent serosurvey results are also of potential concern to maintaining measles elimination in Australia.


Day 1 – Measles elimination in Australia: policy, surveillance and research

Location: Tyree Room, Scientia Building

Keynote speaker: Dr Kathleen Harriman, Chief of Vaccine Preventable Diseases Epidemiology Section of Immunization Branch, California Department of Public Health.
Dr Harriman will speak on Disneyland measles outbreak and measles control in the USA.

Guest speakers: from Australia and New Zealand

Breakout sessions: Policy, surveillance & research


Day 2 - Hands on skills development in measles outbreak investigation

Location: Room 305, Samuels Building

Aim: to provide measles first line responders with outbreak investigation training using case based scenarios, focusing on data collection, analysis and interpretation

Who: priority will be given to for ARM network members