By Immunisation Foundation of Australia

What's MatterofVax about?

In this Matter of Vax series we explore diseases less talked about. We unpack five of the big, potentially devastating, vaccine preventable diseases that we all need to know more about: meningococcal, pneumococcal, HPV, influenza and shingles. The series features conversations with experts including Professor Julia Brotherton, who emphasizes the safety and efficacy of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Professor Robert Booy about pneumococcal and meningococcal diseases and Dr. Rod Pearce, chair of the Immunisation Coalition and former member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), who discusses the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Australia and Professor Chris Blyth speaks on the importance of influenza prevention each year.

Matter of Vax provides valuable insights into the significance of vaccines and their positive influence on society.

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Host Steph O'Connell is a public health advocate with 25 years’ experience in strategic communications. She became a public voice for vaccinations when her daughter, Lily (23), narrowly survived W strain of Meningococcal on Christmas Day, 2017. Nine months later her sister, Grace, donated a kidney that has since transformed Lily’s life. 

Steph’s advocacy for immunisation awareness and vaccination became a collaboration in 2018 with Meningococcal Australia and resulted in Meningococcal vaccination campaigns by the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health. Lily’s story quickly resonated with audiences and became a national and international appeal for awareness, education and vaccination. 

Steph’s work expanded during the pandemic and today she continues to advocate for improved access to vaccines, public education for lifelong vaccination behaviour and policy reform. MatterofVax, in collaboration with Immunisation Foundation of Australia takes a look at topical immunisation issues on video and podcast. 

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