Equity in Disease Prevention: vaccines in the elderly workshop

Date Published:
8 Jul 2014
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The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence - Immunisation in Under Studied and Special Risk Populationswith the Public Health Association of Australia held an international workshop on Vaccination in the Elderly, featuring cutting edge presentations on the latest issues in elderly immunization on Friday June 20th in Melbourne, heard the latest scientific developments and thought-provoking discussions in ageism in health care.

The workshop brought together national and international stakeholders in immunisation, ageing and health, primary care, health services providers for the elderly group, insurance, researchers, government and non government organisations, community representatives, federal and state government policy makers and advocacy groups.

Keynote Speaker Mr Max Walker AM, former Australian test cricketer and AFL player, spoke about the importance of healthy ageing in society Read more

Other keynote speakers included Professor David Goldblatt,Professor of Vaccinology and Immunology and Head of the Immunobiology Unit at the Institute of Child Health, University College London (UCL). He is a Consultant Paediatric Immunologist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) where he is also Director of Clinical Research and Development and Director of the National Institute for Health Research GOSH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre. He is Director of the WHO Pneumococcal Reference Laboratory.

Featured Panel discussion: How good is good enough for the elderly? This session highlighted ethical issues, value judgement, ageism in healthcare and how this may impact adversely on older people.

See Washington Post and Conversation piece by Raina MacIntyre here

Open this link  to see workshop presentations and photos

Watch videos from the workshop:

Raina MacIntyre presentation video

Max Walker’s presentation video

Panel presentations highlights video