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Opening Plenary

Thursday, July 27, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Ballroom 2


Tribal Experiences Brisbane

Welcome to Country

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM


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A/prof James Mcmahon
ID Physician
Alfred Health

ASHM Welcome

9:05 AM - 9:10 AM


Heidi Carroll
Deputy Executive Director, Communicable Diseases Branch
Queensland Health

Government Welcome


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Dr. Jerome Kim
Director General
International Vaccine Institute, Korea

The history and evolution of vaccines, as well as vaccine equity

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

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Jerome H. Kim, M.D., is an international expert on the development and evaluation of vaccines and is the Director General of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver safe, effective, and affordable vaccines for Global Health. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii in Biology and received his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim has authored over 300 publications.
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A/prof Kirsty Short
School of Chemistry and Molecular BiosciencesFaculty of Science
The University of Queensland


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

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A/Prof Kirsty Short is a virologist at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland. Her focus is all aspect of influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis and transmission.
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Ms Rebecca Armstrong

The Evil Genius: One Family’s Experience of COVID-19

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


Rebecca Armstrong is a producer for ABC TV’s Australian Story program. She’s used to being behind the camera asking people about their experiences, not talking about her own. Last year Rebecca’s father died of COVID-19, and just how this nightmare scenario unfolded was not at all what the family expected.

Chair Person

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Catherine Bennett
Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair In Epidemiology
Deakin University

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Paul Young
Professor of Virology
The University of Queensland