Julie Leask is a behavioural scientist and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney and visiting fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. She has academic qualifications in nursing and midwifery, a Master of Public Health (USYD, 1998) and PhD in public health (USYD, 2002). Her research focuses on risk communication, responding to vaccine hesitancy, and strengthening vaccination programs and policy and she has 117 publications in this field. She currently leads a program of research to support vaccination communication in primary care. She currently serves on the Tailoring Immunization Programme Advisory Group of Experts for the WHO European Office. In 2015 Julie won the Public Health Impact Award (PHAA NSW branch) and the Sax Institute Research Action Award.

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