Associate Professor Julie Leask

Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Early Career Researchers)
Public Health, School of Public Health
National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS)

A27 - Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Research interests

Julie's research interests include immunisation controversies, psychological and sociological aspects of infectious diseases, risk communication, and the mass media. She blogs at

Teaching areas

Health and Risk Communication (School of Public Health) - course coordinator;

Vaccines in Public Health (School of Public Health) - lecturing and assessment;

Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion - session on health communication.

She has an interest in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake research.

In 2011, Julie was awarded a prize for Excellence in Teaching: Postgraduate Research Supervision within the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health.

International links

United Kingdom. (London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine; Imperial College London, Harvard School of Public Health) Member MOTIV Think Tank: Motors of Trust in Vaccination.
New Zealand. (University of Auckland and Immunization Advisory Centre) International Program Development Fund grant to study under-immunisation in disadvantaged children..
United Kingdom. (University of Leeds) International Program Development Fund grant to study under-immunisation in disadvantaged children..
United Kingdom. (University of Leeds) Evaluation of a decision aid to assist parental decisions about MMR vaccination.
Global. (Decade of Vaccines Collaboration) Advisor, Research and Development Working Group.
United Kingdom. (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Advisory committee: Monitoring trust in vaccination project..
United Kingdom. (University of York, University College London, Cardiff University, Glasgow Calledonian University, Imperial College London) A framework for communicating vaccine risk with parents in primary care settings.
United Kingdom. (Imperial College London, University of York, Cardiff University, University of East Anglia.) Collaboration to test a framework for vaccine communication.


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Chow, M., Yin, J., Heron, L., Morrow, A., Dierig, A., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2014), The impact of influenza-like illness in young children on their parents: a quality of life survey. Quality of Life Research. 23(5), 1651-1660. [Abstract]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Heron, L., Yin, J., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2014), Quality of life for parents of children with influenza-like illness: development and validation of Care-ILI-QoL. Quality of Life Research. 23(3), 939-951. [Abstract]
  • Dierig, A., Heron, L., Lambert, S., Yin, J., Leask, J., Chow, M., Sloots, T., Nissen, M., Ridda, I., Booy, R. (2014), Epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in children enrolled in a study of influenza vaccine effectiveness. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 8(3), 293-301. [Abstract]


  • Yin, J., Salkeld, G., Lambert, S., Dierig, A., Heron, L., Leask, J., Yui Kwan Chow, M., Booy, R. (2013), Estimates and determinants of economic impacts from influenza-like illnesses caused by respiratory viruses in Australian children attending childcare: a cohort study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 7(6), 1103-1112. [Abstract]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper Robbins, S., Wood, N., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013), Pregnant women's intention to take up a post-partum pertussis vaccine, and their willingness to take up the vaccine while pregnant: A cross sectional survey. Vaccine. 31(37), 3972-3978. [Abstract]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2013), Impact of children's influenza-like illnesses on parental quality of life: A qualitative study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 49(8), 664-670. [Abstract]
  • Kilham, H., Leask, J. (2013), The Royal Australasian College of Physicians immunisation position statement. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 49(6), 427-431. [Abstract]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Ho, J., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013), Uptake of influenza vaccine by pregnant women: a cross-sectional survey. Medical Journal of Australia. 198(7), 373-375. [Abstract]
  • Wiley, K., Leask, J. (2013), Respiratory vaccine uptake during pregnancy. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 1(1), 9-11. [Abstract]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Cooper Robbins, S., Leask, J. (2013), Condition-specific quality of life questionnaires for caregivers of children with pediatric conditions: a systematic review. Quality of Life Research. 22(8), 2183-2200. [Abstract]
  • Ward, K., Hull, B., Leask, J. (2013), Financial incentives for childhood immunisation - a unique but changing Australian initiative. The Medical Journal of Australia. 198(11), 590-592. [Abstract]
  • Crosby, K., Richters, J., Hooker, C., Leask, J. (2013), Filthy fingernails and friendly germs: lay concepts of contagious disease transmission in developed countries. In: When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research. (pp.67-84).United Kingdom: Elsevier Inc..


  • Leask, J., Kinnersley, P., Jackson, C., Cheater, F., Bedford, H., Rowles, G. (2012), Communicating with parents about vaccination: a framework for health professionals. BMC Pediatrics. 12(1), 154. [Abstract]
  • Betsch, C., Brewer, N., Brocard, P., Davies, P., Gaissmaier, W., Haase, N., Leask, J., Renkewitz, F., Renner, B., Reyna, V., Rossmann, C., Sachse, K., Schachinger, A., Siegrist, M., Stryk, M. (2012), Opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0 for vaccination decisions. Vaccine. 30(25), 3727-3733. [Abstract]
  • Nicholson, M., Leask, J. (2012), Lessons from an online debate about measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunization. Vaccine. 30(25), 3806-3812. [Abstract]
  • Hooker, C., King, C., Leask, J. (2012), Journalists' views about reporting avian influenza and a potential pandemic: a qualitative study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 6(3), 224-229. [Abstract]
  • Chow, M., King, C., Booy, R., Leask, J. (2012), Parents intentions and behavior regarding seasonal influenza vaccination for their children: A survey in child-care centers in Sydney, Australia. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 7(2), 89-96.
  • Ward, K., Chow, M., King, C., Leask, J. (2012), Strategies to improve vaccination uptake in Australia, a systematic review of types and effectiveness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(4), 369-377.
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Pang, C., Leask, J. (2012), Australian Newspaper Coverage of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination, October 2006-December 2009. Journal of Health Communication. 17(2), 149-159. [Abstract]
  • Hooker, C., Leask, J., King, C. (2012), Media ethics and infectious disease. In: Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (pp.161-178).United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.


  • Booy, R., Rashid, H., Yin, J., Khandaker, G., Leask, J. (2011), Mandating influenza vaccination in health-care workers. Lancet. , 1626. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Braunack-Mayer, A., Kerridge, I. (2011), Consent and public engagement in an era of expanded childhood immunisation. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47(9), 603-607. [Abstract]
  • Robbins, S., Leask, J., Hayles, E., Sinn, J. (2011), Midwife attitudes: An important determinant of maternal postpartum pertussis booster vaccination completion. Vaccine. 29(34), 5591-4. [Abstract]
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Leask, J., Booy, R. (2011), Parents' attitudes towards the influenza vaccine and influencing factors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47(7), 419-422. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J. (2011), Target the fence-sitters. Nature. 473(7348), 443-445. [Abstract]
  • Seale, H., Leask, J., Macintyre, C. (2011), Awareness, attitudes and behavior of hospital healthcare workers towards a mandatory vaccination directive: Two years on. Vaccine. 29(21), 3734-3737. [Abstract]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Robbins, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011), Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine. 29(16), 2895-2901. [Abstract]
  • Ward, K., Seale, H., Zwar, N., Leask, J., Macintyre, C. (2011), Annual influenza vaccination: coverage and attitudes of primary care staff in Australia. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 5(2), 135-141. [Abstract]


  • Leask, J., Chow, M., King, C., Booy, R. (2010), Caregivers' intentions regarding pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccination for their children. The Medical Journal of Australia. , 485-486. [Abstract]
  • Brotherton, J., Leask, J., Jackson, C., McCaffery, K., Trevena, L. (2010), National survey of general practitioners' experience of delivering the National Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program. Sexual Health. 7(3), 291-298. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Booy, R., McIntyre, P. (2010), MMR, Wakefield and The Lancet: what can we learn?. The Medical Journal of Australia. 193(1), 5-7. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Robbins, S. (2010), "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine. 28(17), 3066-70. [Abstract]
  • Seale, H., Ward, K., Zwar, N., Van, D., Leask, J., Macintyre, C. (2010), Examining the knowledge of and attitudes to pandemic influenza among general practice staff. The Medical Journal of Australia. 192(7), 378-380. [Abstract]
  • Seale, H., Leask, J., MacIntyre, C. (2010), Attitudes amongst Australian hospital healthcare workers towards seasonal influenza and vaccination. Influenza and Other Respiratory viruses. 4(1), 41-6. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Helms, C., Chow, M., Robbins, S., McIntyre, P. (2010), Making influenza vaccination mandatory for health care workers: the views of NSW Health administrators and clinical leaders. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin. 21(9-10), 243-247. [Abstract]
  • Jackson, C., Cheater, F., Peacock, R., Leask, J., Trevena, L. (2010), Evaluating a web-based MMR decision aid to support informed decision-making by UK parents: A before-and-after feasibility study. Health Education Journal. 69(1), 74-83.
  • Leask, J., Hooker, C., King, C. (2010), Media coverage of health issues and how to work more effectively with journalists: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 10, 535. [Abstract]


  • Leask, J., Jackson, C., Trevena, L., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J. (2009), Implementation of the Australian HPV vaccination program for adult women: Qualitative key informant interviews. Vaccine. 27(40), 5505-12. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., McIntyre, P. (2009), Vaccine refusal and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases. New England Journal of Medicine. , 723. [Abstract]
  • Seale, H., Leask, J., Macintyre, C. (2009), Do they accept compulsory vaccination? Awareness, attitudes and behaviour of hospital health care workers following a new vaccination directive. Vaccine. 27(23), 3022-3025. [Abstract]
  • Trevena, L., Leask, J. (2009), Decision aids for MMR vaccination. In: Shared Decision-Making in Health Care: Achieving evidence-based patient choice. (pp.345-352).United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Isaacs, D., Kilham, H., Leask, J., Tobin, B. (2009), Ethical issues in immunisation. Vaccine. 27, 615-618.
  • Seale, H., Leask, J., Po, K., MacIntyre, C. (2009), "Will they just pack up and leave?" - attitudes and intended behaviour of hospital health care workers during an influenza pandemic. BMC Health Services Research. 9, 30. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J. (2009), How do general practitioners persuade parents to vaccinate their children? A study using standardised scenarios. NSW Public Health Bulletin. 20(7-8), 119-124.


  • Leask, J., Macartney, K. (2008), Parental decisions about vaccination: Collective values are important. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 44(10), 534-535. [Abstract]
  • Pearce, C., Leask, J., Ritchie, J. (2008), Tapping midwives' views about the neonatal hepatitis B vaccine: how welcome is a move towards a health promoting orientation?. Health promotion journal of Australia. 19(2), 161-163. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Quinn, H., Macartney, K., Trent, M., Massey, P., Carr, C., Turahui, J. (2008), Immunisation attitudes, knowledge and practices of health professionals in regional NSW. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 32(3), 224-229. [Abstract]
  • McIntyre, P., Leask, J. (2008), Improving uptake of MMR vaccine. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 336, 729-730. [Abstract]
  • Isaacs, D., Leask, J. (2008), Should influenza immunisation be mandatory for healthcare workers? No. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 337(0), a2140. [Abstract]