Human Factors is a blog focusing on public health, immunisation, human behaviour, health communication and academia. “Human Factors” is the title to a session given by a colleague when he teaches surgeons about communication because he knew this term would better engage them.

I am a behavioural scientist specialising in risk communication. My research has mostly focused on vaccine hesitancy, communication and policy and have done some work in environmental health risk communication. I have a background in public health, nursing and midwifery with a Master of Public Health (1998) and PhD (2003) from the University of Sydney. My PhD focused on how different parties to debates about vaccination advance their arguments.

I am Visiting Professor at the University of Parma, Italy until February 2017, where I teach health communication. Otherwise, I’m based at the University of Sydney where I work as an associate professor in the School of Public Health. I hold appointments with the University of Sydney Nursing School and the Australian National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance.

I am married with two children and live in Sydney. I sing jazz and opera, play guitar and mountain dulcimer and love cycling and bushwalking.

You can find me on Twitter @Julie Leask and my USYD bio is here.

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