Deanne - Project Officer
I joined the Immunisation Alliance in October 2013 as a Project
Officer and have a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from
Curtin University. Prior to commencing at the Immunisation Alliance
I was employed at the Cancer Council WA for over 10 years in
various Project Officer roles. I worked on the Make Smoking History
campaign for a number of years where I was involved in the
planning, developing and implementing of mass media campaigns. I
then moved into the area of Healthway health sponsorship and worked
as a Sponsorship Officer for over five years. In this role I
managed a number of high profile sports and arts sponsorships
promoting a range of health messages, including SunSmart, Go for
2&5®, and SmokeFree WA.
My experience at the Cancer Council working on a range of health
issues and as a mother of two children drew me to the role at the
Immunisation Alliance. I feel it is a part of my role as a mother
and community member that our children are protected from
Kate - Accounts Officer
I started work part time at Immunisation Alliance of WA in
September 13. I have a Bachelor of Business from Curtin
University and over 20 years experience in Administration/Office
Management & Bookkeeping roles and have worked in many parts of
Australia. Currently I am completing a Diploma of Accounting
to further my qualifications.
I really enjoy working for organisations that contribute to the
good of society. I previously worked as Finance Officer
at Carers WA, and currently contract to a small not for profit
education-based association as well as my work for the Alliance and
an ongoing role managing our family business.
Immunisation is something I take a strong interest in, both on a
personal level as a mother of two small children, but also on a
grander scale, it being such a community-wide issue. It is so
important to get the right information out to parents and for that
reason I'm very happy to be contributing my skills to the Alliance
so the Project Officers are supported in their important work.
Katie - Project Officer
I'm a political science academic at Murdoch University and a mum
of two young children. I've been involved with the Immunisation
Alliance since 2010, and I joined because I feel passionately that
babies and other vulnerable people in our community are at risk
when others choose not to immunise. This led me to conceive
of the I Immunise Project, which I designed and implemented with
the support of a fantastic team of volunteers from the Alliance and
participants from the Fremantle community.
As a Freo local who homebirthed, breastfed and used cloth
nappies, I am used to meeting people in my community who don't
immunise. Across the country, this represents part of a trend in
which 'enlightened' parents are encouraged to question the benefits
of immunisation. Misinformation on the internet (in particular) can
lead parents to conclude that these benefits do not outweigh the
minimal risks associated with immunisation. I am frightened that it
will take large-scale sickness and death for this trend to be
reversed - sickness and death which won't be limited to the
children of those who choose not to immunise. I want to be part of
a conversation about the benefits of immunisation before this
Rebecca - Project Officer
I commenced with the Immunisation Alliance in September 2013 as
the Aboriginal Project Officer. In my role I am working vey closely
with the Aboriginal Community in the South Metropolitan area to
produce a resource for Aboriginal children promoting and informing
the community about Aboriginal immunisation.
Previously I have worked in local government, organising the
Fremantle festivals and other corporate events as well as working
at the Kulbardi Centre at Murdoch University and as an employment
consultant at the Australian Medical Association assisting in the
employment of Aboriginal people.
My experience of working with aboriginal people and growing up
in the Fremantle/ Cockburn Area has assisted me in building strong
relationships with many people in the community who will be
assisting me in completing my project. I'm also a mother of one and
having previously been an Aboriginal mother going through the
Public Health system I also have my own experiences in immunisation
resources and information to share.
Sarah - Project Officer
I joined the IAWA in February 2012 as a community member. I have
been interested in educating people on how to protect themselves
from infectious diseases since studying parasitology at uni. As a
mother of young children, I was surprised to learn of the low
immunisation coverage rates in children in Western Australia. I
hoped that my experience in medical education and as a strategic
consultant to the pharmaceutical industry would enable me to
contribute to the IAWA.
I am a strong advocate for educating people, including children,
about their health. Individuals can then make their own rational
decisions, based on fact. Although immunisation can be a difficult
concept to explain, I believe you can educate anybody on anything,
if you speak to them in language that resonates with them.
Through discussions with my own children about their vaccines, I
conceived the idea of a children's book about immunisation. The
idea was further cemented when I was asked to explain immunisation
to other children whilst attending playgroups. I drafted the text
and am currently overseeing the book through its final stages of
production. To order a copy of the FREE book, click on Beat the
bugs at the top of this page!
In my opinion, the IAWA provides an independent voice for
community members to contribute to our society by improving the
health of all by endorsing and advocating vaccination. The IAWA is
a diverse, enthusiastic group of people who volunteer their time
and energy for the benefit of our community. We are as strong as
our members - please consider joining us, to add greater depth,
richness and volume to our 'voice'.
Sarah - Project Officer
I have worked for non-profit organizations for almost two
decades now, and I still love it! I love the energy and enthusiasm
that volunteers bring, and I also love the feeling of working hard
for the good of my community.
With two children, immunisation and herd immunity is a crucial
issue which is surprisingly not discussed. I am sure that if people
understood just how important vaccines are to us all, there would
be no question about whether to get your kids vaccinated or not. It
frightens me that as a society we are starting to ignore tried and
tested science on something so important. Without vaccines, so many
children died! I can't stand the thought of children passing away
from preventable diseases, and I don't see what sort of argument
can allow for kids to be dying daily and be considered a 'good'
thing. If people think that because they can't see the diseases on
a daily basis then they are no longer a problem, then they need to
look very critically at all the data available and think
I am a big believer in grass roots activism, and here at the
Alliance we need parents, care givers and friends to stand with us
and help educate and help. Most people don't realise how much
effort is put into making vaccines safe, and it's often seen as a
choice issue when really, it's a community health issue. The
chances of something going wrong with a vaccines is infinitesimally
small, but the benefits are immediate, obvious, and lifesaving. Ask
a grandparent about polio, or measles, and ask them how many
children died or were maimed in their day, and be glad we live in a
world where such horrors are forgotten.
If you have any time or suggestions, please send them our way!
As a not-for-profit organization, we are short on all the
things we need to continue this discussion. Time, cash and support
are all in need, and we'd love to have you on board.