Conference season!

A large chunk of the SABII team were away over the last fortnight to attend conferences.

Julie headed to Bangkok to present at VARN2023 – the Vaccine Acceptance Research Network’s 2023 conference. Julie joined a plenary panel discussion titled “Challenges of Online & Offline Circulating Misinformation Relating to Zero-Dose Children and Vaccine Introduction“. The other panellists were Adidja Amani, from the WHO Regional Office for Africa; Ana Bottallo, journalist from Brazil; Farah Naz Qamar, Associate Professor from Pakistan; and Joe Smyser, CEO of The Public Good Projects.


Last week was the annual CDIC 2023 (Communicable Diseases and Immunisation Conference) in Perth, Western Australia.

Rebika, Adeline, Julie, Kerrie – at the CDIC in Perth.
Kerrie Wiley with 4th year vet student, Jessica Kropich-Grant, who presented collaborative work done by the School of Public Health and the Sydney Vet School.
Julie Leask, presenting at CDIC2023 about her study on journalists’ experiences of reporting the pandemic.

Recent SABII Activities

Last week, instead of our usual team meeting, the SABII crew were all busy typing away on our laptops. We organised a half-day writing retreat (a.k.a. ‘Shut Up and Write’ morning) where we all worked on a current writing project without interruption. We smashed out several pomodoros and by all accounts, we were very productive. Go team! We’ve got another writing session lined up for next month.

June Writing Retreat. Look at those concentrating faces!

When we’re not working hard, you can often find us sharing a meal or coffee on campus. Here we are a couple of weeks ago, celebrating Kerrie’s ‘Maker and Shaper’ award. Congratulations again, Kerrie! Very well deserved.

Left to right: Kerrie, Emma, Pen, Addy, Rebika.

Congratulations Addy and Kerrie!

The SABII team sends a big congratulations to Adeline Tinessia, who graduated last week with a Master of Global Health. Congratulations, Addy! We’re glad to have you on the team.

Black and white photograph of Dr Kerrie Wiley

We would also like to acknowledge Dr Kerrie Wiley who has been awarded a Faculty of Medicine and Health “Makers and Shapers” award for Outstanding Research (individual) category.  Key achievements noted in Kerrie’s nomination include: 

    What a fantastic recognition of all your achievements. Well done, Kerrie!!

    Workshop with refugee community leaders

    SABII team members have been running vaccination workshops with refugee community leaders via the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). The workshops cover COVID-19, influenza, vaccinations, and skills for having vaccination conversations in your community.

    Photograph of Julie Leask holding a microphone, presenting at the STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) workshop.