Dr James Fielding is an experienced public health practitioner with expertise in applied infectious diseases epidemiological research, surveillance and outbreak investigation. With an undergraduate degree in microbiology, he completed postgraduate studies in applied infectious diseases epidemiology, and a PhD on influenza epidemiology and vaccine effectiveness following the 2009 pandemic. James has worked in infectious disease investigation and control at state, national and international levels. James has a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching; he lectures in infectious diseases epidemiology and supervises Masters and PhD students. James’ research interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly varicella-zoster virus, measles and influenza.