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)

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  • Howe, A. S., Pointon, L., Gauld, N., Paynter, J., Willing, E., & Turner, N. (2020). Pertussis and influenza immunisation coverage of pregnant women in New Zealand. Vaccine, 38 (43), 6766-6776. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.08.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Howe, Natalie Gauld, Janine Paynter
  • Lawton, B., Howe, A. S., Turner, N., Filoche, S., Slatter, T., Devenish, C., & Hung, N. A. (2020). Retraction notice to "Association of prior HPV vaccination with reduced preterm birth: A population based study" [Vaccine 36 (2018) 134-140]. Vaccine, 38 (42)10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.09.029
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Howe
  • Charania, N. A., Paynter, J., Lee, A. C., Watson, D. G., & Turner, N. M. (2020). Vaccine-Preventable Disease-Associated Hospitalisations Among Migrant and Non-migrant Children in New Zealand. Journal of immigrant and minority health, 22 (2), 223-231. 10.1007/s10903-019-00888-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Paynter, Arier Lee
  • Wong, S.-S., Waite, B., Ralston, J., Wood, T., Reynolds, G. E., Seeds, R., ... Webby, R. J. (2020). Hemagglutinin and Neuraminidase Antibodies Are Induced in an Age- and Subtype-Dependent Manner after Influenza Virus Infection. Journal of virology, 94 (7).10.1128/JVI.01385-19
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Jazmin Duque
  • Nowlan, M., Murfitt, D., & Turner, N. (2019). Age is not just a number-synopsis of the 5th New Zealand Influenza Symposium 2019. The New Zealand medical journal, 132 (1507), 77-82.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mary Nowlan
  • Wilson, N., Turner, N., & Baker, M. G. (2019). One hundred years ago in 1919: New Zealand's birth reduction shock associated with an influenza pandemic. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132 (1507), 57-62. Related URL.
  • Turner, N. (2019). A measles epidemic in New Zealand: Why did this occur and how can we prevent it occurring again?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132 (1504) Related URL.
  • Petousis-Harris, H., Jiang, Y., Yu, L., Watson, D., Walls, T., Turner, N., ... Griffin, J. B. (2019). A Retrospective Cohort Study of Safety Outcomes in New Zealand Infants Exposed to Tdap Vaccine in Utero. Vaccines, 7 (4).10.3390/vaccines7040147
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Howe, Helen Petousis-Harris, Yannan Jiang


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

Level 8, Room 801
New Zealand

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