• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 119 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Researcher in vaccine hesitancy, politics and public policy


A political scientist, Dr Attwell is interested in the intersection of policy, identity, attitudes and behaviour as they pertain to health consumers, healthcare providers and governance. In 2014 Dr Attwell researched, designed, delivered and evaluated the internationally-recognised public health campaign, “I Immunise”. She has also researched the values and attitudes of midwives towards immunisation and the discourses they use around the topic. Current projects include analysing governance strategies for addressing vaccine refusal, exploring the epistemology of vaccine hesitant parents, conceptualising the role of group identity in vaccination decision-making, and designing and piloting strategies for conversational interventions with pregnant women regarding vaccination of themselves and their babies.


  • Community
  • vaccination policy
  • vaccine hesitancy
  • Governancesocial identity
  • social identity

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 119 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article
3 Citations (Scopus)

Hearts, minds, nudges and shoves: (How) can we mobilise communities for vaccination in a marketised society?

Attwell, K. & Smith, D. T., 22 Oct 2018, In : Vaccine. 36, 44, p. 6506-6508 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Is immunisation education in midwifery degrees adequate?

Attwell, K., Yusuf, A. & Frawley, J., 19 Sep 2018, In : Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Life-course immunization as a gateway to health

Philip, R. K., Attwell, K., Breuer, T., Di Pasquale, A. & Lopalco, P. L., 23 Oct 2018, In : Expert Review of Vaccines. 17, 10, p. 851-864

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Communicable Diseases
Delivery of Health Care
3 Citations (Scopus)

Midwives’ attitudes, beliefs and concerns about childhood vaccination: A review of the global literature

Attwell, K., Wiley, K. E., Waddington, C., Leask, J. & Snelling, T., 22 Oct 2018, In : Vaccine. 36, 44, p. 6531-6539

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citations (Scopus)

Recent vaccine mandates in the United States, Europe and Australia: A comparative study

Attwell, K., Navin, M. C., Lopalco, P. L., Jestin, C., Reiter, S. & Omer, S. B., 19 Nov 2018, In : Vaccine. 36, 48, p. 7377-7384

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Services Needs and Demand