Prof. Nikki Turner

Academic, General Practitioner and Medical Director

Prof. Nikki Turner


Professor (Hon) Nikki Turner is an academic, General Practitioner and the Medical Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, University of Auckland.

Nikki has developed and evolved the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) since its inception in 1997. IMAC is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national centre for evidence-based clinical advice and guidance, quality standards, facilitation, education, training and promotion for vaccines and the national immunisation schedule programme. Nikki also directs an active research programme focused on vaccination coverage and equitable uptake and vaccine preventable diseases.

Nikki’s interests are in immunisation, equity, primary and public health care. She resides in Wellington and works part time as a General Practitioner at NUHS Broadway Clinic. 

Professor (Hon) Nikki is also on multiple national advisory groups for immunisation clinical and policy issues including COVID vaccines for the NZ government, Ministry of Health and Pharmac. Until 2020 she was a member of the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation and Chair of the SAGE Working Group on Measles and Rubella elimination. 

Academically, Nikki is widely published with over 100 academic publications in the arenas of immunisation, vaccinology, and child health. She represents the RNZCGP (Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners) in immunisation interests, and is a health spokesperson for the Child Poverty Action Group.