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’m based at the University of Sydney where I work as an associate professor in the Sydney Nursing School and also the School of Public Health. I am also a visiting senior research fellow at the 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.

I pay respects to the traditional owners of the lands on which I write this blog, the Gandangara and Gadigal peoples, and to elders past, present and future.

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