Katie Attwell

Dr

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Dr Attwell is a early-mid career researcher and Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow. Dr Attwell has engaged in community, systems and behavioural research in the area of vaccination uptake since 2014, the year of her ground-breaking and internationally recognised “I Immunise” campaign, which drew on behavioural insights to address alternative lifestyle-based vaccine hesitancy in Fremantle, Western Australia. Dr Attwell is one of the world’s leading experts on mandatory childhood vaccination, the subject of her current three year research grant. She also leads the interdisciplinary West Australian project “Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government”, which engages in community and government research in readiness for a vaccine roll-out for COVID-19, funded by Wesfarmers and the Health Department of Western Australia.  Dr Attwell is a Scientific Committee Member of the Annual Vaccine Acceptance Meeting, Fondation Merieux, Les Pensieres Center for Global Health, Veyrier du Lac, France, and a founding Governance Committee Member of the Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI). She is a Fellow of the Public Policy Institute (UWA) and an Honorary Fellow of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth.

Funding overview

Australian Research Council

Advancing Solutions for Addressing Vaccine Rejection: The Drivers and Impact of Mandatory Vaccination

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award DE190100158

2014-2019 – $67,113, 2019-2020 – $137,260, 2020-2021 – $135,762.50,  2021-2022 $65,615.50.

 

National Health and Medical Research Council

 

Developing evidence based strategies for addressing childhood vaccination rejection

Associate Investigator: “an investigator who provides intellectual input into the research and whose participation warrants inclusion of their name on publications” (NHMRC).

2017-2020 – $743,927


 

Category Two Government Grants

Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government

2020 - $99,818

Attwell,K., Blyth, C., Carlson, S., Harper, T., Rizzi, M., Tchilingirian, J., Effler, P., Hughes, C.,  Swift, V.

 

Midwives as Change Agents in Antenatal Vaccine Decision Making: An Implementation Feasibility Study.

2017-2018 – $31,686

Attwell K., (Chief Investigator), Snelling, T., Danchin, M.

Department of Health, Western Australia

 

Vaccine Mandates and Co-opted Governance in Southeast Michigan

2018-2019 – US$8297.10 (AUD $12,013.46)

Navin, M. and Attwell, K.

Southeastern Michigan Health Association, Michigan, United States.

 

Category Three Industry Grants

I Immunise

2012 – $20,000

Attwell, K. with Immunisation Alliance of Western Australia.

 

Internal UWA grants

No Jab, No Play: Which Way

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Research Accelerator Grant

2018-2021 $70,000

Attwell, K. (Chief Investigator), Savage, G., Lawrence, D., Dawson, V., Lee, J.

 

Vaccine injuries, bad science and good policy 

UWA Research Income Grant Growth 

2019 - $20,000

Rizzi, M. and Attwell, K.  

 

Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Building UWA’s Social Research in Health Profile

UWA Research Income Growth Grant

2018 - $18,101

Cover, R.Fozdar, F.Carr, S.Mavaddat, N.Thompson, S.Attwell, K. & Phillips, B.

 

Social Research on Health: Addressing Anti-Health Messaging in a Digital Era

UWA Research Impact Grant

2018 – $18,054

Cover, R.Fozdar, F.Elfving-Hwang, J.Han, S.Attwell, K.Bartlett, A.Carr, S.Mavaddat, N. & Atkins, M.

 

Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Grants, Telethon Kids Institute

 

Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government

2020 - $99,818

Attwell,K., Blyth, C., Carlson, S., Harper, T., Rizzi, M., Tchilingirian, J., Effler, P., Hughes, C.,  Swift, V.

 

Parental Immunisation Needs and Attitudes – Antenatal (PINA-A)

2015 – $15,000

Attwell, K. (Chief Investigator), Danchin, M., Amato, J., Willaby, H., Wiley, K., Giles, M., Marshall, H.

 

Midwives’ Attitudes and Communications regarding Immunisation

2014 – $15,000

Attwell, K. (Chief Investigator), Snelling, T., Waddington, C., Wiley, K., Leask, J.

 

Other grants

Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Promotion, Advocacy and Resilience

World Universities Network

2018 – $33,306

Cover, R.Baldassar, L.Fozdar, F.Attwell, K.Bartlett, A.Carr, S.Mavaddat, N. & Christian, H.

 

Understanding parental (mis)trust in vaccines for children: a qualitative study

Research Consultancy, Flinders University

2017 – $19,000

Attwell, K.

 

Joyce Riley Research Top-Up Bursary

Graduate Women WA

2008 – $3,000

Attwell, K.

Community engagement

Selected Media Appearances

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination by ABC online, 28 August 2020.

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination on ABC Perth 'Focus', 26 August 2020. 

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination on RTR-fm, 25 August 2020.

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination on CGTN-China Global Television Network, 20 August 2020.

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination by Body + Soul, 20 August 2020.

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination on ABC Radio Brisbane 'Drive', 19 August 2020.

Interviewed about mandatory COVID vaccination on 'The Feed', SBS TV, 16 June 2020. 

Interviewed about anti-vaccination messaging during COVID by Sydney Morning Herald, 14 June 2020.

Interviewed about conspiracy theories and COVID vaccination by Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2020.

Interviewed about COVID vaccination by Pharmacy Daily, 3 June 2020. 

Interviewed regarding anti-vaccination and COVID by ABC Online, 31 May 2020.

Interviewed about COVID and anti-vax conspiracies by 6PR Radio Perth, 20 May 2020.

Interviewed about COVID vaccination and anti-vax messaging in COVID by ABC Radio Perth, 7 May 2020.

Interviewed about anti-vax sportspeople, influencers and mandatory flu vaccination by The New Daily, 7 May2020.     

Interviewed on Sky News about mandatory childhood vaccination in Australia, 4 December 2019.  

Interviewed about "No Jab, No Play” mandatory vaccination policy by ABC Adelaide, 26 July 2019.

Interviewed about values and vaccination research by 98.1FM, NSW, 3 July 2019.

Interviewed about values and vaccination research by ABC Goldfields, 3 July 2019.

Interviewed about values and vaccination research by 2LM / ZZZ Lismore, 3 July 2019.

Interviewed, photographed and featured in “Defence Against the Dark Diseases”, The West Australian 11 June 2019.

Interviewed by 96FM Perth about vaccine hesitancy and influenza, 30 May 2019.

Interviewed about “No Jab, No Play” by ABC Southwest, 1 May 2019.

Interviewed about “No Jab, No Play” by ABC Perth, 11 December 2018.

Interviewed for Scitech ‘Particle’ article ‘Rejecting Vaccines as a way to fit in’, 25 June 2018.

Interviewed for ABC Perth “Drive” regarding anti-vaxer billboard, 15 June 2018.

Research written up in ‘Anti-Vaxer parents? They’re just trying to fit in’, WAToday, 24 May 2018.

Interviewed by Paula Krueger on ABC Perth (reporting lead author research).

Interviewed by Miles Kemp for ‘Natural jab for anti-vaxers’, page 3, The Adelaide Advertiser’  23 March 2018 (article reporting my author research).

Interviewed by Leon Byner for 5AA radio in Adelaide / SA, 22 March 2018 about lead author research.

Interviewed by Liam Croy in ‘UWA study shows attacking alternative medicines is not the answer to get parents to vaccinate kids’, The West Australian, 27 November 2017 (article reporting lead author research).

Interviewed by ABC Perth radio, Friday 24 November (reporting lead author research).

Interviewed by Cathy O’Leary in ‘Mind games in push for better health,’ The West Australian, 8 January 2016.

Policy Seminar written up by Science WA* ‘Targeted approach could sway non vaccinators.’ Rob Payne, 18 December 2015. (*online science news service promoting WA’s achievements in science and technology, Scitech.)

Interviewed about “I Immunise” campaign and research project by ABC radio news 4 March 2014.

Interviewed about “I Immunise” campaign and research project in Offspring Magazine, Autumn, 2014.

Interviewed about “I Immunise” campaign and research project in Australian Natural Health Magazine, January 2014.

Interviewed about “I Immunise” campaign and research project on Channel Ten’s Wake Up, January 2014.          

Interviewed about “I Immunise” campaign and research project by Natasha Mitchell, Life Matters, ABC Radio National, 30 January 2014.

Interviewed about “I Immunise” campaign and research project by Courtney Bembridge, ABC TV News, 29 January 2014.

Interviewed by Cathy O’Leary in ‘Ethical parents join forces to push vaccination cause’,

The West Australian, 25 May 2013.

Quoted extensively in ‘Home birth under fire after latest death’, The Herald Sun, 10 May 2013.

Research expertise keywords

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

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