MA congratulates Health Journalism Award Winner

Measles, polio, and whooping cough are just some of the deadly diseases, once eradicated more than forty years ago, now returning and affecting many communities across the world.

This public health issue and the debate around it were raised in the feature documentary Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines which today won best documentary and endowed Sonya Pemberton as the 2014 National Press Club Health Journalist of the Year Award.

Medicines Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brendan Shaw, congratulated the Emmy award winner filmmaker of Pemberton Films, whose documentary reveals real, remarkable and deeply emotional journeys of families facing key vaccination issues.

Ms Pemberton was named as one of the four category winners for her documentary, and received an international study tour with a focus on the health industry, as the overall winner.

“I congratulate Sonya on her remarkable documentary which I understand has been a long four year journey, with work currently underway to launch the documentary in the US,” Dr Shaw said.

“This documentary along with other powerful health science stories told by journalists, including all the category winners today, not only raise awareness but they provide unique insights into important issues that we need to be discussing in our communities.

“Australia is well served by an especially high standard in health journalism, and Medicines Australia is pleased to support these prestigious awards.”

National Press Club President Laurie Wilson also thanked Medicines Australia as Awards Principal sponsor, with the Awards presented by Health Minister Peter Dutton.

The full list of winners is available on the Medicines Australia website

To view the award winner’s documentary Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines go to


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