Katie Attwell

Associate Professor, Associate Professor

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

    6009 Perth


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A/Prof Attwell is a mid career researcher and Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow. A/Prof 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. A/Prof 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.  A/Prof 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

Medical Research Future Fund

  • MandEval: Effectiveness and Consequences of Australia's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates - $4.57 million

Australian Research Council 

  • Advancing Solutions for Addressing Vaccine Rejection: The Drivers and Impact of Mandatory Vaccination. ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award DE190100158 2019-2022 - $405,751. 

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). 2017-2022 – $743,927

WA Government Future Health Research and Innovation Fund

  • Coronavax 3: Reaching the Vulnerable 2021 $225,000.
  • Coronavax 3: Reaching the Vulnerable 2021-2023 $249,990. 

WA Health

  • Coronavax 2: Preparing Community and Government 2020-2022 - $187,673 

Westfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute 

  • Coronavax: Preparing Community and Government. 2020 - $99,946
  • Parental Immunisation Needs and Attitudes – Antenatal (PINA-A). 2015 – $15,000
  • Midwives’ Attitudes and Communications regarding Immunisation. 2014 – $15,000

Worldwide Universities Network 

  • Norms, standards, and enforcement of the COVID-19 International Certificate of Vaccination. 2020 – £10,000.00
  • Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Promotion, Advocacy and Resilience. 2018 – $33,306

Flinders University 

  • Understanding parental (mis)trust in vaccines for children: a qualitative study 2017 – $19,000

Graduate Women WA

  • Joyce Riley Research Top-Up Bursary. 2008 – $3,000

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, PhD, Murdoch University

… → 2013

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Murdoch University

… → 2005

Research expertise keywords

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


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