Dr Penny Haora, RM, MPH PhD, PGCL & T(HE), FHEA
Research Fellow, Social Science

Penny joined NCIRS in September 2017, and has 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 (e.g. midwives and immunisation), reducing inequalities, Realist synthesis and evaluation approaches, and organisational cultures/learning.  Penny’s PhD research (with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University), 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.  The perpetual learner, Penny enjoys mentoring and coaching students, undertaking research supervision and facilitating occasional interactive workshops/learning events.  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.

Samantha Carlson BSc, MPH
Research Officer, Social Science

Samantha joined NCIRS in February 2016 and assists in social research, communication and evaluation of immunisation programs. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology and Immunobiology) and a Master of Public Health through The University of Sydney. She is currently undertaking a full-time PhD using mixed-methods approach to understand attitudes about and access to influenza vaccination experienced by parents of children hospitalised for influenza. 

Bianca Bullivant BPsych(Hons), MRes
Research Officer, Social Science

Bianca Bullivant joined NCIRS as a research officer in the Social Sciences unit in July 2018. She is leading on the organisation of Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation (COSSI) knowledge exchange and committee meetings and working on the implementation of SKAI (Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation). Bianca completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and then a Master of Research (Human Sciences) at Macquarie University in 2017. Bianca was employed previously as a Research Assistant at Macquarie University, working on a qualitative project on eating disorders and obesity health literacy. She is interested in immunisation-related beliefs and attitudes of parents and health professionals. 

Last updated February 2019