Associate Professor Nikki Mary Turner

MBChB, Dip Obs Auck., DCH London., FRNZCGP., MPH Hons MD Auck.

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Director - IMAC


Nikki is an academic General Practitioner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) and a Associate Professor in the Division of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland. She is also an honorary Associate Professor for the University of Otago, Wellington. Her roles include Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) at the University of Auckland. She has developed and evolved IMAC from its inception in 1996 into a national communication, coordination, education and research centre.  She works part time as a General Practitioner at the NUHS Broadway clinic in Strathmore, Wellington                 

Nikki's academic interests are in immunisation, primary health care and preventive child health. She represents the RNZCGP (College of General Practitioners) in child health interests, and is a health spokesperson for the Child Poverty Action Group. She is a member of the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and Chair of the Measles and Rubella elimination subcommittee.


Research | Current

  • Immunisation
  • Preventative child health
  • Primary healthcare



MPH honors, MD


Associate Professor, Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Auckland

Director, The Immunisation Advisory Centre

General Practitioner, Wellington

Areas of expertise

Immunisation, Primary Care, Preventative child health

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group  of Experts (SAGE) on immunisation
  • Chair of the Measles Rubella subcommittee to SAGE, WHO
  • Member of the PTAC Immunisation subcommittee, for Pharmac and the Ministry of Health
  • Chair of the New Zealand National Verification Committee (NVC) for measles and rubella
  • Member of the QIF Expert Advisory Group  for the Ministry of Health WellChild Tamariki Ora programme
  • Member of the Homecare Medical (HCM) clinical governance committee
  • Health spokesperson for the Child Poverty Action Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Griffin, J. B., Yu, L., Watson, D., Turner, N., Walls, T., Howe, A. S., ... Petousis-Harris, H. (2018). Pertussis Immunisation in Pregnancy Safety (PIPS) Study: A retrospective cohort study of safety outcomes in pregnant women vaccinated with Tdap vaccine. Vaccine10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.07.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Howe, Yannan Jiang
  • Turner, N. M., MacRae, J., Nowlan, M. L., McBain, L., Stubbe, M. H., & Dowell, A. (2018). Quantifying the incidence and burden of herpes zoster in New Zealand general practice: a retrospective cohort study using a natural language processing software inference algorithm. BMJ open, 8 (5)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021241
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Nowlan
  • Charania, N. A., Watson, D. G., & Turner, N. M. (2018). Perceptions of caregivers and providers regarding the potential introduction of the varicella vaccine to the childhood immunisation schedule in New Zealand: A qualitative exploratory study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54 (1), 28-35. 10.1111/jpc.13661
  • Lawton, B., Howe, A. S., Turner, N., Filoche, S., Slatter, T., Devenish, C., & Hung, N. A. (2018). Association of prior HPV vaccination with reduced preterm birth: A population based study. Vaccine, 36 (1), 134-140. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.11.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Howe
  • Chisholm, H., Howe, A., Petousis-Harris, H., & Turner, N. (2017). Breakthrough pertussis in New Zealand infants and young children. Paper presented at 10th New Zealand Immunisation Conference and pre-conference Workshop 2017, Wellington, New Zealand. 7 September - 9 September 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Petousis-Harris, Hannah Chisholm, Anna Howe
  • Dowell, A., Darlow, B., Macrae, J., Stubbe, M., Turner, N., & McBain, L. (2017). Childhood respiratory illness presentation and service utilisation in primary care: A six-year cohort study in Wellington, New Zealand, using natural language processing (NLP) software. BMJ Open, 7 (7)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017146
  • Taylor, L., Turner, N. M., & Poutasi, C. (2017). Identifying best practice in childhood immunisation: A study into best practice in achieving high rates of childhood immunisation shows the keys include effective teamwork, creating good connections with parents and caregivers, and taking a systematic approach. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 23 (6), 25-27. Related URL.
  • Howe, A., Petousis-Harris, H., Paynter, J., Griffin, J., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2017). Inequities in pneumococcal disease following introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in NZ. Paper presented at PHAA Communicable Disease Control Conference 2017, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 26 June - 28 June 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Howe, Helen Petousis-Harris, Janine Paynter


Contact details

Alternative contact

Department of Primary Care and General Practice

University of Otago, Wellinton

PO Box 7343




Office hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays 8.30 tll 5.

Most days I am based in the Wellington office, Level 8, Peterwick Tower, 38 Waring Taylor St, Wellington CBD

Tuesdays: clinical day at NUHS Broadway, Strathmore, Wellington

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 389
New Zealand

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