Dr Samantha Carlson is a Senior Research Officer in our Infectious Diseases Epidemiology team – dedicated to exploring the big gap in routine vaccine uptake between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Perth. Samantha’s pathway to research was driven by her passion to prevent infectious diseases through vaccinations.
Dr Carlson is the lead author of a paper, published in the international journal Vaccine, which examines the vaccine intentions of people taking part in the CORONAVAX study and whether these intentions change following major tweaks to Australia’s vaccine program.
CORONAVAX is a collaboration between Telethon Kids Institute and UWA which is exploring vaccine hesitancy to understand community concerns and help inform State and Federal Government communication strategies around the vaccine rollout.
Funding from the Illuminate Award will enable Samantha to support the inclusion of an Aboriginal Research Assistant in her team who works closely with the Aboriginal community – an important role focused on increasing vaccine uptake in a culturally appropriate and co-designed way.
“I did an undergraduate in a Bachelor of Science, and we had one lecture on public health. I thought this is just amazing and that night I went home and enrolled in a Master of Public Health, and subsequently did my PhD in this area”
- Dr Samantha Carlson