Who is behind this

This site is an initiative of the University of Queensland, one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions.

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The University of Queensland is ranked in the world’s top 50. Our international reputation has been built on the quality of our work and the information we share.

We partner with other leading organisations to enhance our high-quality research. However, our reputation depends on our independent and critical thinking. We are not funded or influenced by pharmaceutical companies.

Innovators at the University of Queensland have developed advances that are genuinely life-saving. Our Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a world-leader in vaccine research.

We’re committed to promoting knowledge and leadership for a better world.

Please direct media enquiries to engagement@hass.uq.edu.au.

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This website is the culmination of research conducted by Senior Lecturer Tom Aechnter.

Research demonstrated that impartial, objective information about vaccination choices was not available to parents in a clear, easy-to-read format.

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Senior Lecturer & Westpac Research Fellow Tom Aechtner

Tom Aechtner

Senior Lecturer & Westpac Research Fellow

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Tom Aechtner holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, a Master of Arts from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta.

Tom is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. He is also a Westpac Research Fellow, currently examining public perceptions of science. Tom has further developed the open online edX course, AVAXX101: Antivaccination and Vaccine Hesitancy.

Tom is a recipient of the UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award and the author of numerous book chapters and academic journal articles. His latest book is Media and Science-Religion Conflict: Mass Persuasion in the Evolution Wars.

A University of Queensland initiative

This website answers the questions parents ask about vaccines. It’s clear and
easy to read, without any jargon or bias.

The University of Queensland is a world-class research and teaching institution.

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