Jabbed: Love, fear and vaccines

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5pm - 6pm:  Refreshments

6pm - 7pm:  Seminar



Why are Melbourne babies getting whooping cough?

Why are measles epidemics appearing in Europe?

Why does vaccination remain so controversial?

While more than 90% of Australians support vaccination, why are many of us delaying or refusing vaccines?

What’s going wrong with the community conversation about vaccination?

Explore these issues and more at a public forum with Sonya Pemberton, the producer of JABBED, a documentary premiering on SBS TV on Sunday 26 May 2013.

Diseases that were largely eradicated forty years ago are returning. Across the world children are getting sick and dying from preventable conditions because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. Yet the stories of vaccine reactions are frightening, with cases of people being damaged, even killed, by vaccines. How do we decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the real risks?

Jabbed, made by 2012 Emmy Award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker Sonya Pemberton, travels the globe to look at the real science behind vaccinations, tracks real epidemics, and investigates the real cost of opting out.

At the forum Sonya will discuss why she made JABBED and how it has changed her view of vaccination and the conversations we need to have.

Then she’ll join a conversation with: 

  • Melbourne paediatric neuroscientist Ingrid Scheffer who discovered why a form of epilepsy (Dravet syndrome) is sometimes associated with vaccination
  • Immunologist Sir Gustav Nossal
  • And Sydney researcher Julie Leask who is studying community attitudes to vaccination 



2012 Emmy award winner and three time winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism, Sonya’s passion is quality science programming.

Sonya Pemberton is one of Australia’s leading factual television producers specialising in science.  She has written, directed and produced over 50 hours of broadcast documentary and executive produced many award-winning factual series and one-off programs. Sonya was Head of Specialist Factual at ABC Television from 2004-2007, where she commissioned 300+ hours of factual television. Her understanding of audiences’ desire for smart, accessible TV saw ratings rise across the genres.
Sonya’s science programs have won more than 30 major international awards and she has been three times honoured with the prestigious Eureka Prize for Science Journalism (2003, 2004, 2008). In 2011 Immortal won the Australian Health Journalist of the Year, Best Science at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and, in 2012, US News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Science Programming. In 2011 Sonya joined forces with Australia’s largest Independent production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) to create Genepool Productions – Australia’s first television production company focusing on quality science programming. Genepool’s first feature documentary, Jabbed – love fear and vaccines, will be broadcast on SBS TV, May 26 2013.


Wednesday 5 Jun, 2013 5:00PM - until - 7:00PM


The Spot Basement Theatre, Bldg 110, Business & Economics

198 Berkeley St
Carlton Vic 3053

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