In this webinar, our expert panel will address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and discuss topics such as the speed at which the vaccines were developed, the role of technology in developing and distributing vaccines, vaccine safety and the possible long-term impacts on health that are yet to be identified.
- Associate Professor Christopher Blyth
Clinician Scientist, Division of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia Medical School; Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute; Head of Infectious Diseases, Perth Children’s Hospital; Clinical Microbiologist; PathWest Laboratory Medicine
- Professor Julie Leask
Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
- Professor Mieke van Driel
Chair in General Practice, Head, Discipline of Primary Care & General Practice, The University of Queensland
- Associate Professor Phil Russo
President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
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About the speakers
Associate Professor Chris Blyth is a clinician scientist with the Division of Paediatrics in the UWA Medical School. He is a Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute, Head of Infectious Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital, and a Clinical Microbiologist at PathWest Laboratory Medicine. Professor Blyth undertook his undergraduate medical degree at UWA before embarking on postgraduate training in paediatrics, infectious diseases and microbiology in Perth and Sydney. He returned to Perth in 2010 as a clinical academic and established the Department of Infectious Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Professor Julie Leask is a social scientist and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She was named overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2019. Julie has 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 refusal, and strengthening vaccination programs and policy and she has 124 publications in the field. She is visiting professorial fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance where she established the Social Science Unit between 2002 and 2014.
Professor Mieke van Driel was appointed to the Chair in General Practice at The University of Queensland in November, 2011. She is Head of the Primary Care Clinical Unit and Head of the Discipline of General Practice in the Faculty of Medicine. After training as a General Practitioner in The Netherlands, Mieke worked in primary health care assistance projects for Médecins Sans Frontières in Asia and Africa. With a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she embarked on an academic career at the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1998. Her PhD thesis on the implementation of evidence in clinical care explored the medical, contextual and policy related aspects of evidence that can facilitate its use in day to day patient care. She has published on the implementation of evidence in clinical practice and conducted trials and systematic reviews that support recommendations for appropriate use of medicines and other interventions. Prof van Driel is a member of the Oxford University Leadership in Primary Care Research Program and editor of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Acute Respiratory Infections Review Group and several other international journals.
Associate Professor Phil Russo has worked in infection prevention and control for over 25 years in a number of different positions including: several roles in infection prevention in major Victorian hospitals, inaugural Operational Director of the VICNISS Coordinating Centre and National Manager of Hand Hygiene Australia. Phil has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and completed his PhD on HAI Surveillance in 2016. Phil was the Chair of the National Consultative Steering Committee, which outlined the road-map for the establishment of ACIPC, and has been a Board Member of the College since 2014, previously Chairing the Research Committee. He is also a member of the HAI Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission, and the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee. His current role is Director, Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research.