All posts by Kristine Macartney

Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases. She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales, and gained much of her experience in the United States where she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She was also a member of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and is interested in all aspects of vaccine preventable disease research. Associate Professor Macartney has a clinical appointment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as a Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and a conjoint academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Sydney.

Forget ‘no jab, no pay’ schemes, there are better ways to boost vaccination

Immunisation in Australia isn’t compulsory – and doesn’t need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease; we have high and stable coverage rates of around 93%. Getting childhood immunisation to the 95% target rate would be even better, providing more individual protection and “community immunity”. However, […]

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