Associate Professor Julie Leask
Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Early Career Researchers)
A27 - Edward Ford Building
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Dr Julie Leask is an Associate Professor at The University of Sydney, School of Public Health and Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS). She holds a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and is Sub-Dean (Early Career Researchers) in the Sydney Medical School. She is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRCCentre of Research Excellencein Immunisation in Under-Studied and Special-Risk Populations.
Julie is a social scientist specialising in immunisation. Her research is currently focusing on finding ways to improve communication about immunisation in clinical and public settings. She 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).
At NCIRS, Julie leads a program of research on public and professionals' beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding immunisation. She works with a team of researchers including two research fellows (Hal Willaby and Kerrie Wiley); two PhD candidates (Catherine King and Paul Corben) and two MPhil candidates (Telphia Joseph and Amy Creighton). Julie has a special interest in health risk communication and develops and teaches postgraduates in this area.
Julie has advised numerous international governments and agencies on immunisation uptake and communication. In 2013 she gave thekeynoteaddress Communication Strategies During an Infectious Disease event for theSheela BasrurSymposium in Toronto Canada. In 2012 Julie was an advisor to the President's Cancer Panel onAchieving Widespread Uptake of HPV Vaccine. She also informed the development of theGlobal Vaccine Action Planin 2011 in the area of social science research priorities. That year, she published anarticlein Nature on vaccine acceptance in industrialized nations. In 2009, she was a panelist and speaker at an Institute of Medicine meeting in Washington DC to review communication priorities in the USNational Vaccine Plan. Julie is a member of the MOTIV international Think Tank (Motivators of Trust in Immunisation) and an advisor to Dr Heidi Larson'sVaccine Confidence Projectbased at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which monitors public concerns about vaccination. In 2002 she convened the first national workshop on thePerception and Communication of Vaccine Riskin Melbourne.
Nationally, Julie was a member of the Australian Academy of Science Working Group that wrote theScience of Immunisation, Questions and Answers. She co-wrote theImmunisation Policyfor the Royal Australian College of Physicians and has advised the Council of the NHMRC on public acceptance of vaccination.
In 2011, Julie was awarded a prize for Excellence in Teaching: Postgraduate Research Supervision within the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health.[Hide detail]
Julie's research interests include immunisation controversies, psychological and sociological aspects of infectious diseases, risk communication, and the mass media. You can follow Julie on Twitter @JulieLeask
Health and Risk Communication (School of Psychology) - lecturing and assessment;
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 building the capacity of 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.
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.