Associate Professor Julie Leask

Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Adjunct A/Prof, Sydney Nursing School

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Biographical details

Julie Leask is an Associate Professor at The University of Sydney, School of Public Health. She holds a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. She is a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) where she established the Social Science Unit. She is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Immunisation in Under-Studied and Special-Risk Populations.

Julie is a social scientist with a partiuclar interest in risk communication. Her research focuses on immunisation and she works with a team of postdoctoral researchers, PhD and MPhil candidates with a shared focus on improving immunisation policy, programs and practice. She also does some teaching and research in environmental health and water fluoridation.

Julie has a background in public health, nursing and midwifery with a Master of Public Health (1998) and PhD (2003) from the University of Sydney on "Understanding Immunisation Controversies" where she was also Associate Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine (1997).

Julie has advised numerous international governments and agencies on immunisation uptake, communication and social research priorities. This includes the Global Vaccine Action Plan, WHO Europe, the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the New Zealand government. She has also advised governments and professional organisations in Australia.

In 2011, she was invited by the journal Nature to write an overview of vaccination acceptance in industrialised nations. In 2013 Julie gave the keynote address Communication Strategies During an Infectious Disease event for the Sheela Basrur Symposium in Toronto Canada.

Julie was a member of the Australian Academy of Science Working Group that wrote theScience of Immunisation, Questions and Answers. She co-wrote the Immunisation Policy for the Royal Australian College of Physicians and has advised the Council of the NHMRC on public acceptance of vaccination. In 2002 she convened the first national workshop on the Perception and Communication of Vaccine Riskin Melbourne. This was followed by a 2012 national workshop on Ethical Issues in Immunisation and in 2015, a workshop on Immunisation Advocacy.

Research interests

Julie's research interests include immunisation controversies, psychological and sociological aspects of infectious diseases, risk communication, environmental health and the mass media. She blogs at http://julieleask.wordpress.com and is on twitter as @JulieLeask

Teaching and supervision

Health and Risk Communication (School of Public Health) - assistant coordinator and co-developer;

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

Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion - teaching on focus groups, communication, immunisaiton;

Public Health - Ethics and Law - vaccination policy

Health Policy - vaccination policy

Nursing - immunisation policy and coverage

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

Current research students

Project title Research student
Social Determinants Associated with Severe Influenza or Pertussis in Children Samantha CARLSON
Gaining insight into the refusal of childhood vaccinations - from birth to five years old-in the Byron Shire Community. Catherine HELPS

Current projects

  1. Strategies and Resources to Assist Hesitant parents with vaccination (SARAH project)
  2. Developing a measure of Vaccination Attitudes, Beliefs and Concerns (V-ABC)
  3. Under-vaccination in Australia - addressing a lack of acceptance and of opportunity.
  4. Gaba Binggi: Good Needles: developing an understanding of how Two Aboriginal communities see and experience immunisation during pregnancy
  5. An investigation of how Aboriginal Medical Services in NSW contribute to childhood immunisation
  6. Gaining insight into the refusal of childhood vaccinations from- birth to five years old in the community
  7. Vaccination decision journeys - from pregnancy through the first six months
  8. Tracking online sentiment regarding vaccination
  9. When parents won't vaccinate - qualitative study of provider experiences and responses to non-vaccination
  10. Midwives attitudes to vaccination: a narrative literature review
  11. PASiDEM (Parent Adolescent Shared Interactive Decision Making) Pilot Study

Associations

International Assocation of Immunisation Managers

Public Health Association of Australia

Awards and honours

  • Public Health Impact Award, PHAA NSW, 2015
  • Sax Institute Research Action Award, 2015 (inaugural)
  • NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, 2013-2017
  • University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2014
  • Teaching Award: Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision. Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney.
  • University Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney 2000-2001.

In the media

Television: ABC News, ABC News 24, ABC The Drum, 7 News, Nine News, The Project, SBS Insight, Al Jazeera television

Radio: ABC radio national, ABC local radio, ABC Counterpoint, SBS radio, BBC radio 4, numerous commercial

Print: The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, The Australian, Reuters Health, Canberra Times, numerous magazines.

Online: Mamamia, The Conversation, The Drum, The Wire, Discover Magazine

International links

Canada

(Laval University) Holly Witteman, collaborator on SARAH project (above).

United Kingdom

(Cardiff University (Paul Kinnersley) ) SARAH - Strategies and Resources to Assist Hesitant parents with vaccination: a collaboration to develop communication pathways in primary care that support parents and providers

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

United States

(Emory University, National Vaccine Program Office, Seattle University and LSHTM) International Collaboration on Vaccine Acceptance

Selected grants

2016

  • Reducing vaccine preventable diseases in children: using national active hospital-based surveillance to evaluate and improve immunisation program performance; Macartney K, Blyth C, Marshall H, Leask J, McIntyre P, Elliott E, Snelling T, Clark J, Buttery J, Wood N; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.

2015

  • Parents’ Immunisation Needs and Attitudes (PINA-A Survey); Danchin M, Attwell K, Leask J, Wiley K, Giles M, Willaby H; Murdoch Childrens Research Institute/Research Support.

2013

  • A multi-disciplinary international collaboration to improve communication about vaccination.; Leask J, Trevena L, Sevdalis N, Cath J, Larson H, Kinnersley P, Cheater F; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • Improving communication about immunisation through social sciences research; Leask J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Career Development Fellowships.

2012

  • Improving communication about immunisation through social sciences research; Leask J, Leask J, Leask J, Trevena L; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.
  • CRE - Immunisation in under studied and special risk populations:closing the gap in knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach; MacIntyre C, McIntyre P, Booy R, Leask J, Wood N, Jones C, Dwyer D, Menzies R; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Centres for Research Excellence.

2010

  • Research Fund; Leask J, Howard K, Negin J, Wiley K; Australian International Health Institute/Research Support.

2008

  • Social, Economic and Health benefits of vacciniating Children in day care centres against influenza; Leask J, Lambert S, Booy R, Sloots T, Lambert S, Leask J, Sloots T, Lambert S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • A randomised trial of a web-based toolkit for applying evidence in the general practice cervical cancer prevention visit; Trevena L, McCaffery K, Barratt A, Leask J, Brotherton J, Dobbins T; Cancer Council New South Wales/Research Project Grants.

2006

  • Economic and Social Benefits of treating and preventing influenza in Aged Care Facilities; Booy R, MacIntyre C, Dwyer D, Lindley R, Leask J, Beutels P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Crosbie, K., Richters, J., Hooker, C., Leask, J. (2013). Filthy fingernails and friendly germs: lay concepts of contagious disease transmission in developed countries. In Cathy Banwell, Stanley Ulijaszek, Jane Dixon (Eds.), When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research, (pp. 67-84). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Academic Press.
  • Trevena, L., Leask, J. (2012). Decision aids for MMR vaccination. In Adrian Edwards & Glyn Elwyn (Eds.), Shared Decision-Making in Health Care: Achieving evidence-based patient choice, (pp. 345-352). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Hooker, C., Leask, J., King, C. (2012). Media Ethics and Infectious Disease. In Christian Enemark, Michael J Selgelid (Eds.), Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (pp. 161-178). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Journals

  • Leask, J. (2016). Media researchers must understand the audience too. European Journal of Public Health, 26(4), 534-535. [More Information]
  • Hayles, E., Cooper, S., Sinn, J., Wood, N., Leask, J., Skinner, R. (2016). Pertussis vaccination coverage among Australian women prior to childbirth in the cocooning era: A two-hospital, cross-sectional survey, 2010 to 2013. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 56(2), 185-191. [More Information]
  • Beard, F., Hull, B., Leask, J., Dey, A., McIntyre, P. (2016). Trends and patterns in vaccination objection, Australia, 2002-2013. Medical Journal of Australia, 204(7), 275.e1-275.e6. [More Information]
  • Dunn, A., Leask, J., Zhou, X., Mandl, K., Coiera, E. (2015). Associations Between Exposure to and Expression of Negative Opinions About Human Papillomavirus Vaccines on Social Media: An Observational Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(6), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Skinner, R., Davies, C., Cooper, S., Stoney, T., Marshall, H., Jones, J., Collins, J., Hutton, H., Parrella, A., Zimet, G., McCaffery, K., Leask, J., Kang, M., McGeechan, K., et al (2015). HPV.edu study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled evaluation of education, decisional support and logistical strategies in school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination of adolescents. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Kinnersley, P. (2015). Physician Communication With Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: the Start, Not the End, of the Story. Pediatrics, 136(1), 180-182. [More Information]
  • Leask, J. (2015). Should we do battle with antivaccination activists? Public Health Research and Practice, 25(2), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Leask, J. (2015). Understanding Pregnant Women's Attitudes and Behavior Toward Influenza and Pertussis Vaccination. Qualitative Health Research, 25(3), 360-370. [More Information]
  • Forbes, T., McMinn, A., Crawford, N., Leask, J., Danchin, M. (2015). Vaccination uptake by vaccine-hesitant parents attending a specialist immunization clinic in Australia. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 11(12), 2895-2903. [More Information]
  • Dierig, A., Heron, L., Lambert, S., Yin, K., 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. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Heron, L., Yin, K., 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. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Willaby, H., Kaufman, J. (2014). The big picture in addressing vaccine hesitancy. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 10(9), 2600-2602. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Yin, K., 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. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Yin, J., Salkeld, G., Lambert, S., Dierig, A., Heron, L., Leask, J., 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. [More Information]
  • Ward, K., Hull, B., Leask, J. (2013). Financial incentives for childhood immunisation - a unique but changing Australian initiative. Medical Journal of Australia, 198(11), 590-592. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013). Pregnant women's intention to take up a post partum pertussisvaccine, and their willingness to take up the vaccine while pregnant: A cross sectional survey. Vaccine, 31(37), 3972-3978. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Leask, J. (2013). Respiratory vaccine uptake during pregnancy. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 1(1), 9-11. [More Information]
  • Kilham, H., Leask, J. (2013). The Royal Australasian College of Physicians immunisation position statement. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(6), 427-431. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Berry, J., Ryan, P., Gold, M., Braunack-Mayer, A., Duszynski, K., Xafis, V., Carlson, J., Richards, B., Leask, J., et al (2012). A randomised controlled trial to compare opt-in and opt-out parental consent for childhood vaccine safety surveillance using data linkage. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(10), 619-625. [More Information]
  • Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • 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), 1-11. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, M., Leask, J. (2012). Lessons from an online debate about measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunization. Vaccine, 30(25), 3806-3812. [More Information]
  • Betsch, C., Brewer, N., Brocard, P., Davies, P., Gaissmaier, W., Haase, N., Leask, J., Renkewitz, F., Renner, B., Reyna, V., et al (2012). Opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0 for vaccination decisions. Vaccine, 30(25), 3727-3733. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Berry, J., Gold, M., Ryan, P., Duszynski, K., Braunack-Mayer, A., Xafis, V., Carlson, J., Richards, B., Leask, J., et al (2012). Public perspectives on consent for the linkage of data to evaluate vaccine safety. Vaccine, 30, 4167-4174. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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, 603-607. [More Information]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Cooper, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011). Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine, 29(16), 2895-2901. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Rashid, H., Yin, K., Khandaker, G., Leask, J. (2011). Mandating influenza vaccination in health-care workers. The Lancet, 378(9803), 1626-1626. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Leask, J., Hayles, E., Sinn, J. (2011). Midwife attitudes: An important determinant of maternal postpartum pertussis booster vaccination. Vaccine, 29(34), 5591-5594. [More Information]
  • Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Leask, J. (2011). Target the fence-sitters. Nature, 473(7348), 443-445. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Cooper, S. (2010). "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine, 28(17), 3066-3070. [More Information]
  • 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), 41-46. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Chow, M., King, C., Booy, R. (2010). Caregivers' intentions regarding pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccination for their children. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(8), 485-486. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(7), 378-380. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Helms, C., Chow, M., Cooper, S., McIntyre, P. (2010). Making influenza vaccination mandatory for health care workers: the views of NSW Health administrators and clinical leaders. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21(9-10), 243-247. [More Information]
  • 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, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Booy, R., McIntyre, P. (2010). MMR, Wakefield and The Lancet: what can we learn? Medical Journal of Australia, 193(1), 5-7. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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, 30-1-30-8. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Isaacs, D., Kilham, H., Leask, J., Tobin, B. (2009). Ethical issues in immunisation. Vaccine, 27(5), 615-618. [More Information]
  • 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., 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), 5505-5512. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., McIntyre, P. (2009). Vaccine refusal and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases. New England Journal of Medicine, 361(7), 723. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • McIntyre, P., Leask, J. (2008). Improving uptake of MMR vaccine. British Medical Journal, 336(7647), 729-730. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Macartney, K. (2008). Parental decisions about vaccination: Collective values are important. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 44(10), 534-535. [More Information]
  • Isaacs, D., Leask, J. (2008). Should influenza immunisation be mandatory for healthcare workers? No. BMJ (online), 337, a2140. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Sheikh-Mohammed, M., MacIntyre, C., Wood, N., Leask, J., Isaacs, D. (2006). Barriers to access to health care for newly resettled sub-Saharan refugees in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(11-12), 594-597. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Sheikh-Mohammed, M., MacIntyre, C., Leask, A., Wood, N. (2006). Community perceptions about infectious disease risk posed by new arrivals: A qualitative study. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(11- 12), 591-593. [More Information]
  • Wallace, C., Leask, J., Trevena, L. (2006). Effects of a web based decision aid on parental attitudes to MMR vaccination: a before and after study. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 332(7534), 146-149. [More Information]
  • Burgess, D., Burgess, M., Leask, J. (2006). The MMR vaccination and autism controversy in United Kingdom 1998-2005: inevitable community outrage or a failure of risk communication? Vaccine, 24(18), 3921-8. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Hawe, P., Burgess, M. (2006). What maintains parental support for vaccination when challenged by anti-vaccination messages? A qualitative study. Vaccine, 24(49-50), 7238-7245. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Leask, A., Silove, N. (2005). Evidence for autism in folklore? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 90(3), 271. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Williams, A., McIntyre, P., O'Dea, D. (2004). Are General Practice Registrars Prepared For Immunisation? A Cross Sectional Survey. Australian Family Physician, 33(8), 665-667.
  • Chapman, S., Leask, J., Ackermann, D. (2004). Media Coverage Of Anthrax Vaccination Refusal By Australian Defence Force Personnel. Vaccine, 23(3), 411-417.
  • MacIntyre, C., Leask, J. (2003). Immunization myths and realities: Responding to arguments against immunization. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 39(7), 487-491.
  • Leask, J., McIntyre, P. (2003). Public opponenets of vaccination: A case study. Vaccine, 11, 4700-4703.
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S. (2002). "The cold hard facts" Immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases in Australia's newsprint media 1993-1998. Social Science and Medicine, 54(3), 445-457.
  • Davies, P., Chapman, S., Leask, J. (2002). Anitvaccination activists on the world wide web. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 87(1), 22-25.
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S. (2001). 'The cold hard facts' immunisation and vaccine preventable disease in Australia's newsprint media 1993-1998. Social Science and Medicine, 54, 445-457.
  • Leask, J., Hawe, P., Chapman, S. (2001). Focus group composition: a comparison between natural and constructed groups. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25, 152-154.
  • Chapman, S., Leask, J. (2001). Paid celebrity endorsement in health promotion: a case study from Australia. Health Promotion International, 16, 333-338.

2016

  • Leask, J. (2016). Media researchers must understand the audience too. European Journal of Public Health, 26(4), 534-535. [More Information]
  • Hayles, E., Cooper, S., Sinn, J., Wood, N., Leask, J., Skinner, R. (2016). Pertussis vaccination coverage among Australian women prior to childbirth in the cocooning era: A two-hospital, cross-sectional survey, 2010 to 2013. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 56(2), 185-191. [More Information]
  • Beard, F., Hull, B., Leask, J., Dey, A., McIntyre, P. (2016). Trends and patterns in vaccination objection, Australia, 2002-2013. Medical Journal of Australia, 204(7), 275.e1-275.e6. [More Information]

2015

  • Dunn, A., Leask, J., Zhou, X., Mandl, K., Coiera, E. (2015). Associations Between Exposure to and Expression of Negative Opinions About Human Papillomavirus Vaccines on Social Media: An Observational Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(6), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Skinner, R., Davies, C., Cooper, S., Stoney, T., Marshall, H., Jones, J., Collins, J., Hutton, H., Parrella, A., Zimet, G., McCaffery, K., Leask, J., Kang, M., McGeechan, K., et al (2015). HPV.edu study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled evaluation of education, decisional support and logistical strategies in school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination of adolescents. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Kinnersley, P. (2015). Physician Communication With Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: the Start, Not the End, of the Story. Pediatrics, 136(1), 180-182. [More Information]
  • Leask, J. (2015). Should we do battle with antivaccination activists? Public Health Research and Practice, 25(2), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Leask, J. (2015). Understanding Pregnant Women's Attitudes and Behavior Toward Influenza and Pertussis Vaccination. Qualitative Health Research, 25(3), 360-370. [More Information]
  • Forbes, T., McMinn, A., Crawford, N., Leask, J., Danchin, M. (2015). Vaccination uptake by vaccine-hesitant parents attending a specialist immunization clinic in Australia. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 11(12), 2895-2903. [More Information]

2014

  • Dierig, A., Heron, L., Lambert, S., Yin, K., 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. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Heron, L., Yin, K., 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. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Willaby, H., Kaufman, J. (2014). The big picture in addressing vaccine hesitancy. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 10(9), 2600-2602. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Yin, K., 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. [More Information]

2013

  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Yin, J., Salkeld, G., Lambert, S., Dierig, A., Heron, L., Leask, J., 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. [More Information]
  • Crosbie, K., Richters, J., Hooker, C., Leask, J. (2013). Filthy fingernails and friendly germs: lay concepts of contagious disease transmission in developed countries. In Cathy Banwell, Stanley Ulijaszek, Jane Dixon (Eds.), When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research, (pp. 67-84). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Academic Press.
  • Ward, K., Hull, B., Leask, J. (2013). Financial incentives for childhood immunisation - a unique but changing Australian initiative. Medical Journal of Australia, 198(11), 590-592. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013). Pregnant women's intention to take up a post partum pertussisvaccine, and their willingness to take up the vaccine while pregnant: A cross sectional survey. Vaccine, 31(37), 3972-3978. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Leask, J. (2013). Respiratory vaccine uptake during pregnancy. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 1(1), 9-11. [More Information]
  • Kilham, H., Leask, J. (2013). The Royal Australasian College of Physicians immunisation position statement. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(6), 427-431. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

2012

  • Berry, J., Ryan, P., Gold, M., Braunack-Mayer, A., Duszynski, K., Xafis, V., Carlson, J., Richards, B., Leask, J., et al (2012). A randomised controlled trial to compare opt-in and opt-out parental consent for childhood vaccine safety surveillance using data linkage. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(10), 619-625. [More Information]
  • Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • 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), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Trevena, L., Leask, J. (2012). Decision aids for MMR vaccination. In Adrian Edwards & Glyn Elwyn (Eds.), Shared Decision-Making in Health Care: Achieving evidence-based patient choice, (pp. 345-352). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, M., Leask, J. (2012). Lessons from an online debate about measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunization. Vaccine, 30(25), 3806-3812. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Leask, J., King, C. (2012). Media Ethics and Infectious Disease. In Christian Enemark, Michael J Selgelid (Eds.), Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (pp. 161-178). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Betsch, C., Brewer, N., Brocard, P., Davies, P., Gaissmaier, W., Haase, N., Leask, J., Renkewitz, F., Renner, B., Reyna, V., et al (2012). Opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0 for vaccination decisions. Vaccine, 30(25), 3727-3733. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Berry, J., Gold, M., Ryan, P., Duszynski, K., Braunack-Mayer, A., Xafis, V., Carlson, J., Richards, B., Leask, J., et al (2012). Public perspectives on consent for the linkage of data to evaluate vaccine safety. Vaccine, 30, 4167-4174. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

2011

  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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, 603-607. [More Information]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Cooper, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011). Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine, 29(16), 2895-2901. [More Information]
  • Booy, R., Rashid, H., Yin, K., Khandaker, G., Leask, J. (2011). Mandating influenza vaccination in health-care workers. The Lancet, 378(9803), 1626-1626. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Leask, J., Hayles, E., Sinn, J. (2011). Midwife attitudes: An important determinant of maternal postpartum pertussis booster vaccination. Vaccine, 29(34), 5591-5594. [More Information]
  • Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Leask, J. (2011). Target the fence-sitters. Nature, 473(7348), 443-445. [More Information]

2010

  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Cooper, S. (2010). "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine, 28(17), 3066-3070. [More Information]
  • 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), 41-46. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Chow, M., King, C., Booy, R. (2010). Caregivers' intentions regarding pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccination for their children. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(8), 485-486. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(7), 378-380. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Helms, C., Chow, M., Cooper, S., McIntyre, P. (2010). Making influenza vaccination mandatory for health care workers: the views of NSW Health administrators and clinical leaders. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21(9-10), 243-247. [More Information]
  • 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, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Booy, R., McIntyre, P. (2010). MMR, Wakefield and The Lancet: what can we learn? Medical Journal of Australia, 193(1), 5-7. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

2009

  • 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, 30-1-30-8. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Isaacs, D., Kilham, H., Leask, J., Tobin, B. (2009). Ethical issues in immunisation. Vaccine, 27(5), 615-618. [More Information]
  • 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., 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), 5505-5512. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., McIntyre, P. (2009). Vaccine refusal and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases. New England Journal of Medicine, 361(7), 723. [More Information]

2008

  • 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. [More Information]
  • McIntyre, P., Leask, J. (2008). Improving uptake of MMR vaccine. British Medical Journal, 336(7647), 729-730. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Macartney, K. (2008). Parental decisions about vaccination: Collective values are important. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 44(10), 534-535. [More Information]
  • Isaacs, D., Leask, J. (2008). Should influenza immunisation be mandatory for healthcare workers? No. BMJ (online), 337, a2140. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

2006

  • Sheikh-Mohammed, M., MacIntyre, C., Wood, N., Leask, J., Isaacs, D. (2006). Barriers to access to health care for newly resettled sub-Saharan refugees in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(11-12), 594-597. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Sheikh-Mohammed, M., MacIntyre, C., Leask, A., Wood, N. (2006). Community perceptions about infectious disease risk posed by new arrivals: A qualitative study. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(11- 12), 591-593. [More Information]
  • Wallace, C., Leask, J., Trevena, L. (2006). Effects of a web based decision aid on parental attitudes to MMR vaccination: a before and after study. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 332(7534), 146-149. [More Information]
  • Burgess, D., Burgess, M., Leask, J. (2006). The MMR vaccination and autism controversy in United Kingdom 1998-2005: inevitable community outrage or a failure of risk communication? Vaccine, 24(18), 3921-8. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Hawe, P., Burgess, M. (2006). What maintains parental support for vaccination when challenged by anti-vaccination messages? A qualitative study. Vaccine, 24(49-50), 7238-7245. [More Information]

2005

  • Leask, J., Leask, A., Silove, N. (2005). Evidence for autism in folklore? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 90(3), 271. [More Information]

2004

  • Leask, J., Williams, A., McIntyre, P., O'Dea, D. (2004). Are General Practice Registrars Prepared For Immunisation? A Cross Sectional Survey. Australian Family Physician, 33(8), 665-667.
  • Chapman, S., Leask, J., Ackermann, D. (2004). Media Coverage Of Anthrax Vaccination Refusal By Australian Defence Force Personnel. Vaccine, 23(3), 411-417.

2003

  • MacIntyre, C., Leask, J. (2003). Immunization myths and realities: Responding to arguments against immunization. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 39(7), 487-491.
  • Leask, J., McIntyre, P. (2003). Public opponenets of vaccination: A case study. Vaccine, 11, 4700-4703.

2002

  • Leask, J., Chapman, S. (2002). "The cold hard facts" Immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases in Australia's newsprint media 1993-1998. Social Science and Medicine, 54(3), 445-457.
  • Davies, P., Chapman, S., Leask, J. (2002). Anitvaccination activists on the world wide web. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 87(1), 22-25.

2001

  • Leask, J., Chapman, S. (2001). 'The cold hard facts' immunisation and vaccine preventable disease in Australia's newsprint media 1993-1998. Social Science and Medicine, 54, 445-457.
  • Leask, J., Hawe, P., Chapman, S. (2001). Focus group composition: a comparison between natural and constructed groups. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25, 152-154.
  • Chapman, S., Leask, J. (2001). Paid celebrity endorsement in health promotion: a case study from Australia. Health Promotion International, 16, 333-338.

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