Meningococcal Australia works to:

  • Educate the community about meningococcal disease
  •  Lobby for appropriate prevention and treatment pathways
  • Liaise and consult with the state-based meningococcal charities.

Our Medical advisor is Professor Robert Booy, Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, Children’s Hospital Westmead, Sydney NSW.

Prof. Robert Booy

Prof. Robert Booy

Professor Robert Booy is Head of the Clinical Research team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) where he joined in March, 2005. He is a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984) and trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane.

He has held a range of positions in the UK including Professor of Child Health with the University of London; Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary¿s Hospital, London; Research Fellow with the University of Oxford; and was the recipient of a Wellcome training fellowship in epidemiology focusing on genetic factors important in meningococcal disease.

Professor Booys research interests extend from understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to, and severity of, infectious diseases especially influenza and invasive disease caused by encapsulated organisms, the clinical, public-health, social and economic burden of these diseases (acutely and over the long-term) and means by which to prevent or control serious infections through vaccines, drugs and non-pharmaceutical measures.

Over the past 10 years, Professor Booy has been increasingly recognised as an expert in the influenza field, supervising many studies addressing the burden and prevention of influenza disease in children and adults in the UK, Australia and among Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. In addition he has led intervention studies with new vaccines, new vaccine delivery methods and alternate methods for preventing disease and transmission such as antivirals and personal protective equipment.

MA Directors/Board members:

Eliza Ault-Connell- Paralympic athlete and meningococcal disease survivor

Barry Young – Director of The Amanda Young Foundation

Dr Phoebe Williams – Paediatrics Registrar and meningococcal disease survivor

Emily Staughton- Experience working with NFP's and background in communications

The state based Foundation members aim to provide support, education and awareness, and financial assistance to survivors and their families:
- The Amanda Young Foundation (Perth, WA)
- The Violet Foundation Supporting Meningococcal (Sydney, NSW)
- The Paige Weatherspoon Foundation (Kadina, SA)
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As we a non government funded Non-For Profit charity, we rely on donations from the Community and Corporate citizens to assist us with our projects. We have been very fortunate to have received funding from GSK Australia and Pfizer Australia to allow us to continue to educate our communities through the attendance of Parenting EXPO's and educational produce materials.