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)

  • 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.
  • Turner, N. M., Charania, N. A., Chong, A., Stewart, J., & Taylor, L. (2017). The challenges and opportunities of translating best practice immunisation strategies among low performing general practices to reduce equity gaps in childhood immunisation coverage in New Zealand. BMC Nursing, 1610.1186/s12912-017-0226-2
  • Strategic Advisory Group of Experts, & Turner, N. M. (2017). Meeting of the Strategic Group of Experts on immunization, April 2017 - conclusions and recommendations. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 22 (92), 301-320. Related URL.
  • Darvishian, M., van den Heuvel, E. R., Bissielo, A., Castilla, J., Cohen, C., Englund, H., ... Martinez-Baz, I. (2017). Effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccination in community-dwelling elderly people: an individual participant data meta-analysis of test-negative design case-control studies. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 5 (3), 200-211. 10.1016/S2213-2600(17)30043-7
  • Turner, N. M., Taylor, L., Chong, A., & Horrell, B. (2017). Identifying factors behind the general practice use of the term 'decline' for the childhood immunisation programme in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9 (1), 69-77. 10.1071/HC16031
  • Radke, S., Petousis-Harris, H., Watson, D., Gentles, D., & Turner, N. (2017). Age-specific effectiveness following each dose of acellular pertussis vaccine among infants and children in New Zealand. Vaccine, 35 (1), 177-183. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.11.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Petousis-Harris
  • Rouse, A. P., Roberts, L., Turner, N., McArdle, B., Nowlan, M., Taylor, L., & Webber, R. (2017). Outreach immunisation services in New Zealand: Review of service delivery models. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9 (1), 62-68. 10.1071/HC16012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Rouse, Barbara McArdle, Mary Nowlan


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 location

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

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