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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 190 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
20132021
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Personal profile

Biography

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.

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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 “No Jab, No Play” 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.

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.

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 190 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 24 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article

Childhood Vaccination Mandates: Scope, Sanctions, Severity, Selectivity, and Salience

Attwell, K. & C. Navin, M., 16 Sep 2019, In : Milbank Quarterly.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vaccination
Vaccines
Immunization Programs
Immunization
Disease Outbreaks
10 Downloads (Pure)

Majority acceptance of vaccination and mandates across the political spectrum in Australia

Smith, D. T., Attwell, K. & Evers, U., 1 Jul 2019, In : Politics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
vaccination
acceptance
opposition
Values
3 Citations (Scopus)

Mandatory vaccination and no fault vaccine injury compensation schemes: An identification of country-level policies

Attwell, K., Drislane, S. & Leask, J., 9 May 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 21, p. 2843-2848 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Compensation and Redress
Vaccination
Vaccines
vaccination
vaccines
1 Citation (Scopus)

The politics of picking: Selective vaccinators and population-level policy

Attwell, K., 1 Apr 2019, In : SSM - Population Health. 7, 100342.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Vaccine acceptance: Science, policy, and practice in a 'post-fact' world

Attwell, K., Dube, E., Gagneur, A., Omer, S. B., Suggs, L. S. & Thomson, A., 29 Jan 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 5, p. 677-682 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle