Professor Julie Leask
“My entire professional life has been about supporting parents, both as a midwife and an immunisation researcher. Each day I see a parent or caregiver with a young child, I am feel a renewed sense of respect and commitment to them as a parent and as a researcher. I want to support them to make good quality decisions for their children.”
Julie Leask’s professional life has been all about supporting parents. Her undergraduate education was in nursing (UTS, 1990) then midwifery. She then completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney in 1998 followed by a PhD in 2002 on Understanding Immunisation Controversies. She now works as a behavioural scientist specialising in immunisation. She is a Professor in the Sydney Nursing School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She is also a Professorial Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). Currently, Julie leads a program of research on vaccination acceptance. She has held advisory roles with the World Health Organization, the US Government, and the Australian Academy of Science. In 2015, Julie won the PHAA NSW branch Public Health Impact Award and the Sax Institute Research Action Award.