“I am passionate about inspiring the next generation”

– Prof. Robert Booy

Omega was birthed with the simple idea.

Can we inspire the next generation of scientists to create the next vaccine which will immunise millions against future deadly, infectious diseases?

Now, more than ever, our students should learn the science of immunisation and ‘Be the Omega‘, the change the world will need.

Meeting the year 9 biological science curriculum components

The lessons have been designed to meet the Year 9 Biological Science Curriculum Components from The Australian National Curriculum.

See more here at The Australian Curriculum.

Biological sciences

Describing how the requirements for life (for example oxygen, nutrients, water and removal of waste) are provided through the coordinated function of body systems such as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous and excretory systems

Explaining how body systems work together to maintain a functioning body using models, flow diagrams or simulations

Investigating the response of the body to changes as a result of the presence of micro-organisms

Scientific understanding, including models and theories, is contestable and is refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on technological advances and are often linked to scientific discoveries

People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities

Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research

Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically

Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies

About Prof. Robert Booy

Professor Robert Booy is a Senior Professorial Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) in Australia where he has worked since March 2005.

He is a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984) and trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.

He held a range of positions in the UK between 1999 to 2005 including Professor of Child Health with the University of London, Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary’s Hospital London, and Research Fellow with the University of Oxford.

About Omega

Omega is a series of 10 lessons developed to comply with the Australian Biological Science Curriculum requirements available as a free digital learning resource.

It is a remarkable journey into the science of infectious diseases, epidemics and immunisation.


  • Learn the science of what infectious diseases do and how vaccines work
  • Explore the history and social impacts of infectious disease and vaccines
  • Use mathematics and apply critical thinking to prevent disease outbreak

Classroom or home lessons

Innovation and equal access, inspiration for all

This mobile and web based program provides hands-on learning that enables students to see and experience disease from the safety of the classroom.

Students will have unprecedented exposure to infectious disease experts, cutting edge research projects, higher learning, industry groups and companies.

Each lesson contains:

  • Short videos of explanations and interviews.
  • Relevant theory, examples or background content.
  • Short quiz that can be used as testing or discussion questions.