Australia’s trusted immunisation experts
03 November 2023
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What do you say to parents who aren’t sure vaccines are safe for their children?
Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) can help. The SKAI website contains information for parents about every vaccine included on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule for children, as well as the diseases they protect children from. It answers the questions parents ask, in an easily interpretable and accessible format.
This webinar outlines how SKAI was created from years of research with providers and parents and gives a live demonstration of how you can use SKAI resources during your conversations with parents and carers.
NOTE: The SKAI website was updated and relaunched in 2023. You can find the new SKAI website here.
Slides and audio from the webinar are available below.
The session was chaired by Professor Kristine Macartney, NCIRS Director.
Dr Nina Berry, PhD DipArts(Phil) BA/BEd(Hons1)
Lecturer, The University of Sydney School of Public Health
Nina Berry is a child health and nutrition social scientist with a particular interest in finding ways to support parents to protect their children’s health. Her research aims at improving children's health and nutritional status by improving health communication and supporting parents to raise healthy children. Nina’s PhD applied a social marketing framework informed by applied philosophy (ethics) to investigate the influence of the marketing of toddler milks on parents’ attitudes and beliefs about infant feeding in Australia. In addition to working on the SKAI Project, Nina works with the South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network to identify and test effective strategies for improving mothers’ and children’s health and nutrition in the Asia Pacific Region.
Dr Penny Haora, RM, MPH, PhD, PGCL&T(HE), FHEA
Research Fellow, Social Science, NCIRS
Penny joined NCIRS in 2017, having previously worked with many multidisciplinary research/evaluation/clinical and community-based teams in the UK, Canberra, Sydney and diverse settings in the Asia Pacific. Her interests are broadly in the area of maternal, newborn and child health; more specifically, capacity building with primary and maternity care providers, reducing inequalities, Realist synthesis and evaluation approaches, and organisational cultures/learning. Penny’s PhD research was primarily policy-oriented social research on the ‘Birthing Transition’ in Thailand. In 2004-5 Penny managed the technical aspects of establishing and operating primary Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan. She has contributed to the development, implementation and trialling of innovative approaches in higher education and health services, having also undertaken consultancies/contracts for various bodies including UNFPA and (formerly) AusAID.