Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer

Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer
  • Biography/ Background

    I am a bioethicist, with considerable experience in the use of qualitative research methods (including deliberative approaches such as Citizens’ Juries) to explore public health issues, including obesity,  immunization and pandemics.  I also contribute to a program of research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander methodologies.  My previous work has included research on the place of privacy and confidentiality in medicine and public health, the role of ethics in the education of medical students, and  to the relationship between ethics and health technology assessment. 

    I completed a PhD on general practice ethics in 1999, after working for a number of years as a research officer and tutor; I was subsequently promoted from Lecturer Level A to Professor between 2000 and 2010, and I was Head of School between 2010 and 2015.  I have also held short appointments as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol in the UK and in the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine at Radboud University in the Netherlands.


  • Qualifications

    1999 Doctor of Philosophy (Bioethics) University of Adelaide

    1984 Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) University of Adelaide



  • Research Funding

    2015 - 2017
    Karnon J, Haji Ali Afzali H, Braunack-Mayer A, Begg S, Carter D. Increasing population health by making better funding decisions: Estimation of the cost-effectiveness threshold for the Australian health system NHMRC Project Grant APP1084387 $331,398.

    2014 – 2018
    Brown Alex, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Brown Ngiare, Aromataris  Edoardo. Synthesis and translation of evidence for the management and treatment of chronic disease in Indigenous populations. (CREATE) Centre of Research Excellence in Population Health Research APP1061242. $2.48m.

    Miller Caroline, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Wakefield Melanie, Street Jackie. Assessing  community knowledge, beliefs and attitudes about sugar-sweetened beverages, including responses to potential regulatory measures aimed at curbing obesity. Beat Cancer Project Grant APP1070585 $100,000.

    Gold Michael, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Buttery Jim, Stocks Nigel, Effler Paul, Macartney Kristine, Haji Ali Afzali, Hossein. Can e-Health improve post-marketing surveillance of drugs and vaccines? The Stimulated Telephone Assisted Rapid Safety Surveillance (STARSS) randomised controlled trial. NHMRC Partnership Project 1067703. $431,902.

    Miller Emma R; Eliott, Jaklin A; Olver Ian N; Ali Robert L; Braunack-Mayer Annette J; Crabb Shona H; Louise Jennie;; Baratiny Genevieve Y. Public and ethical responses to mandated alcohol warning labels about increased long-term risk of cancer.  ARC Linkage Grant LP120200175.  $116,609  (2012: $23,478; 2013: $40, 862; 2014: $34,826; 2015: $17,442). Total partner contribution: $60,000.

    Braunack-Mayer AJ, Street, JM, Reynolds C, Moore V, Warin M, Carter D, Moss J, Merlin T. (AIs: Broderick D, Willis C, Gordon J, Tooher R, Larg A) Steward or nanny state: Consulting the public about the use of regulations and laws to address childhood obesity. Australian National Preventive Health Agency Research Grants Program 2011-12.   ($288,381)

    Braunack-Mayer AJ
    , O'Keefe MF, Skinner R, McCaffery KJ, Burgess T, Marshall HS, Watson M. Optimising intersectoral collaboration between the health and education sectors. ARC Linkage Grant LP100200007. (2010: $63,650; 2011: $127,940; 2012: $64,290.  Total partner contribution: $152,600)

    Marshall H, Braunack-Mayer A, Ryan P, Street J. Evaluation of community knowledge, acceptance of and participation in strategies to prevent spread of H1N1. NHMRC Research on H1N1 Influenza 09 to inform public policy. ($185,922)

    Jamrozik K, Hiller JE, Braunack-Mayer A, Gericke C, Ryan P, Karnon J, Nasir R, Beilby J. Health care in the round: building capacity for integrated decision-making for improving health services. NHMRC Capacity Building Grant. 565501 ($2,094,714)

    Hiller JE, Elshaug AG, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Moss JR, Wale J, Buchan H. Changing policy and practice in health care. NHMRC Project Grant 565327. $860,750 (Year 1 $250,250; Year 2: $365,250; Year 3: $245,250). Associate Investigators: Littlejohns P, Wells R, Phillips P, Goss A, Norman R, Southcott A, Karnon J, Merlin T, de Lacey S, Street J.

    Braunack-Mayer AJ
    , Marshall HS, O’Keefe M. Human Papillomavirus immunisation: Why are adolescent girls opting out? University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences - Small Grants Scheme; $12,000.

    Gold MS, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Ryan P, Gericke CA, McNeil JJ, Freemantle CJ, Thomson CJ, Roughead EE, Taylor LK, Elliott E, Filby DR, Buttery JP.  Can and should we link data at a national level? Vaccine safety surveillance: A case study.  ARC Linkage Project. LP0882394 (2008: $165,154; 2009: $146,254; 2010: $142,824. Total partner contribution: $411,000)

    Bi P, Ryan P, Weinstein P,  Pisaniello DL, Parton KA, Moss JR, Braunack-Mayer AJ. Extreme weather and population health in Australia: risk assessment, prediction of health impacts and disease burden, and adaptive strategy exploration. ARC Discovery Project. DP0880933 (2008: $70,000; 2009: $56,899; 2010: $62,586)

    Rogers WA, de Lacey S, Braunack-Mayer A (AI), Richards B (AI). Donations after cardiac death: ethical issues encountered by practitioners. Flinders University Faculty of Health Sciences Partnership Research Grants 2008; $50,000.

    Braunack-Mayer AJ, Rogers WA, Moss JR, Hiller JE, Bi P, Salter AB, Givney RC, van Eyk H.  Citizens’ juries: enabling effective influenza pandemic policy through engagement with the community (FluViews). ARC Linkage Project. LP0775341 (2007- $32,000; 2008 - $52,000)

    De Lacey SL, Rogers WA, Naffine NM, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Richards BJ, Ballantyne AJ. Consent in the void: moral, legal and community values in decisions before birth and after death. ARC Discovery Project. DP0773141 (2007- $30,000; 2008 - $35,000; 2009 - $40,000)

  • Publications

    Avery JC, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Duggan PM, Taylor AW, Stocks NP.  “It’s our lot”; how resilience influences the experience of depression in women with urinary incontinence. Health Sociology Review 2015. Vol. 24, No. 1, 94–108  DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2015.1007512

    Skinner VJ, Braunack-Mayer A & Winning T. The purpose and value for students of PBL groups for learning.  Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 2015, 9(1).

    Carter D, Sendziuk P, Eliott J, Braunack-Mayer A. Why is pain still under-treated in the emergency department? Two new hypotheses. Accepted Bioethics March 10, 2015.
    Avery JC, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Duggan PM, Taylor AW, Stocks NP. ‘It’s our lot’; how resilience influences the experience of depression in women with urinary incontinence. Health Sociology Review. Feb, 2015.doi: 10.1080/14461242.2015.1007512

    Braunack-Mayer Annette J, Skinner S. Rachel, Collins Joanne, Tooher Rebecca, Proeve Claudia, O'Keefe Maree, Burgess Teresa, Watson Maureen, Marshall Helen. Ethical challenges in school-based immunisation programs for adolescents: a qualitative study. Accepted, American Journal of Public Health August 14, 2014.

    Smith James A, Braunack-Mayer Annette J. Men interviewing men: The benefits and challenges of using constructed mateship as a tool to build rapport when interviewing Anglo-Australian men about their health.  Accepted, International Journal of Men’s Health July 31, 2014.

    Louise J, Eliott J, Olver I, Braunack-Mayer AJ. Mandatory cancer risk warnings on alcoholic beverages: What are the ethical issues? American Journal of Bioethics 2015 15(3): 3–11. DOI:  10.1080/15265161.2014.998373

    Parrella, A., Gold, M., Braunack-Mayer, A., Baghurst, P., & Marshall, H. (2014). Consumer reporting of adverse events following immunization (AEFI): Identifying predictors of reporting an AEFI. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 10(3), 747-754. doi:10.4161/hv.27459

    Marshall, H., Proeve, C., Collins, J., Tooher, R., O'Keefe, M., Burgess, T, Braunack-Mayer, A. (2014). Eliciting youth and adult recommendations through citizens' juries to improve school based adolescent immunisation programs. Vaccine, 32(21), 2434-2440. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.02.098

    Hodgetts K, Hiller J E, Street J M, Carter D, Braunack-Mayer A J, Watt A M, Moss J R, Elshaug A G for the ASTUTE Health Study Group. Disinvestment policy and the public funding of assisted reproductive technologies: Outcomes of deliberative engagements with three key stakeholder groups. BMC Health Services Research. 2014 May 5, 14(204).

    Street, J Duszynski K, Krawczyka S,  Braunack-Mayer A. The use of citizens’ juries in health policy decision-making: a systematic review. Social Science and Medicine. 2014  May, 109, pp1-9.

    Dollard, J., Braunack-Mayer, A., Horton, K., & Vanlint, S. (2014). Why older women do or do not seek help from the GP after a fall: a qualitative study. Family Practice, 31(2), 222-228. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmt083

    Burgess, T., Braunack-Mayer, A., Crawford, G., & Beilby, J. (2014). Australian health policy and end of life care for people with chronic disease: An analysis. Health Policy, 115(1), 60-67. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.08.001

    Avery Jodie, Braunack-Mayer Annette J, Stocks Nigel, Taylor Anne W, Duggan Paul.  Psychological perspectives in urinary incontinence: a metasynthesis.  OA Women’s Health.  2013 July 01, 1(1):9

    Parrella Adriana, Braunack-Mayer Annette J, Gold Michael S, Marshall Helen, Baghurst Peter. Healthcare provider knowledge, experience and challenges of reporting adverse events following immunisation: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research.  2013 August 15, 13(1) pp1-12.

    Marshall Helen S, Collins Joanne, Sullivan Thomas, Tooher Rebecca, O’Keefe Maree, Skinner S. Rachel, Watson Maureen, Burgess Teresa, Ashmeade Heather, Braunack-Mayer Annette. Parental and societal support for adolescent immunization through school based immunization programs. Vaccine. 2013 June 26, 31(30) pp3059-3064.

    Tooher R, Collins JE, Street JM, Braunack-Mayer A, Marshall, H. Community knowledge, behaviours and attitudes about the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemic: A systematic review. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 2013. 2013 November, 7(6)  pp.1316-1327.

    #Parrella A, Gold M, Marshall H, Braunack-Mayer A, Baghurst P. Parental perspectives of vaccine safety and experience of adverse events following immunisation. Vaccine.  2013 April 12, 31(6) pp 2067-2074.

    Burgess T, Braunack-Mayer A, Crawford G, Beilby J. Meeting end-of-life care needs for people with chronic disease: palliative care is not enough. Medical Journal of Australia.  2013 March 4, 198(4) pp 186-187.

    Taylor J, Braunack-Mayer A, Cargo M, Larkins S, Preston R. 2013. A Role for Communities in Primary Prevention of Chronic Illness? Case Studies in Regional Australia. Qualitative Health Research 2013; 23:1103-1113.

    Braunack-Mayer Annette, Tooher Rebecca, Collins Joanne E, Street Jackie M, Marshall Helen. Understanding the school community's response to school closures during the H1N1 2009 Influenza Pandemic.  BMC Public Health 2013;13:344.

    Avery Jodie C, Stocks Nigel P, Duggan Paul, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Taylor Anne W, Goldney Robert D, MacLennan Alastair H.  Identifying the Quality of Life Effects of Urinary Incontinence with Depression in an Australian population. BMC Urology 2013, 13:11.

    Carter Drew, Watt Amber M., Braunack-Mayer Annette, Elshaug Adam G., Moss John R., Hiller Janet E., for the ASTUTE Health study group. Should there be a female age-limit on public funding for assisted reproductive technology? Differing conceptions of justice in resource allocation. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2013 Mar;10(1):79-91.

    Naffine Ngaire, Richards Bernadette, de Lacey Sheryl, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Rogers Wendy.  Who controls the uses of organs after death?  Law in the books, law in practice and the view of the people.  JLM 2012 20: 295-305.

    Taylor Judy, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Price Kay, Haren Matt, McDermott Robyn. Intergenerational learning about keeping health: A qualitative regional Australian study. Health Promotion International 2012; doi: 10.1093/heapro/das068, published Dec 12, 2012.

    Berry Jesia G, Gold Michael S, Ryan Philip, Duszynski Katherine M, Braunack-Mayer Annette J, for the Vaccine Assessment Using Linked Data (VALiD) Working Group.  Public perspectives on consent for the linkage of data to evaluate vaccine safety.   Vaccine 2012 Jun 13;30(28):4167-74.

    Berry JG, Ryan P, Gold MS, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Duszynski KM. the Vaccine Assessment Using Linked Data (VALiD) Working Group. A randomised controlled trial to compare opt-in and opt-out parental consent for childhood vaccine safety surveillance using data linkage. J Med Ethics 2012; 38(10):619-25.

    Taylor Judy, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Cargo Margaret, Larkins Sarah, Preston Robyn. Community and health sector partnerships for primary prevention in Australia: Developing a typology. Current Sociology 2012; 60(4): 506-521.

    Kessels S, Marshall H, Watson M, Braunack-Mayer A, Reuzel R, Tooher R. Factors associated with HPV vaccine uptake in teenage girls: a systematic review. Vaccine 2012; 30(24): 3546–3556.

    Watt M Amber, Hiller E Janet, Braunack-Mayer Annette J, Moss R John, Buchan  Heather, Wale  Janet, Riitano E Dagmara, Hodgetts  Katherine, Street M Jackie, Elshaug G Adam, Study Group  for the ASTUTE Health Study Group. The ASTUTE Health study protocol: Deliberative stakeholder engagements to inform implementation approaches to healthcare disinvestment. Implementation Science 2012; 7:101.

    de Lacey Sheryl, Rogers Wendy, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Avery Jodie., Smith David, Richards Bernadette.  Perceptions of embryo status and embryo use in an Australian community.  Reproductive BioMedicine Online  2012; 24: 727– 744.

    Parrella A, Gold M, Marshall H, Braunack-Mayer A, Watson M, Baghurst P. Parental views on vaccine safety and future vaccinations of children who experienced an adverse event following routine or seasonal influenza vaccination in 2010. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 2012; 8:1–6.

    Hofmann Bjorn Saarni Samuli I, Braunack-Mayer Annette, van der Wilt Gert Jan.  To evaluate versus to know the value of everything. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2012; 28(2): 2-3.

    Marshall H, Tooher R, Collins J, Mensah F, Braunack-Mayer A, Street J, Ryan P. Awareness, anxiety, compliance: Community perceptions and response to the threat and reality of an influenza pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control 2012;40:270-272.

    Selby Susan, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Jones Alison, Clark Sheila, Moulding Nicole, Beilby Justin.  2011. Special People? An exploratory study into re-entering missionaries’ identity and resilience.  Journal of Religion and Health. 2011; 50:1007-1023.  DOI 10.1007/s10943-010-9337-8

    #Xafis V, Thomson C, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Duszynski KM, Gold MS. 2011. Legal impediments to data linkage. Journal of Law and Medicine 2011; 19: 300-315.

    #Carter D, Braunack-Mayer A. 2011. The Appeal to Nature Implicit in Certain Restrictions on Public Funding for Assisted Reproductive Technology.  Bioethics 2011; 25: 463–471.

    Leask J, Braunack-Mayer A, Kerridge I. 2011. Consent and public engagement in an era or expanded childhood immunization. Ethical Issues in immunization: Special issue for Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2011;  47: 603–607.

    Saarni Samuli I, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Hofmann Bjorn, van der Wilt Gert Jan.  2011. Different methods for ethical analysis in health technology assessment: An empirical study.  International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2011; 27(4): 305–312.

    Marshall H, Tooher R, Collins J, Mensah F, Braunack-Mayer A, Street J, Ryan P. 2011. Awareness, anxiety, compliance: Community perceptions and response to the threat and reality of an influenza pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control. In Press

    #Docter SP, Street J, Braunack-Mayer AJ, van der Wilt G-J. 2011. Public perceptions of pandemic influenza resource allocation: A deliberative forum using Grid/Group analysis. Journal of Public Health Policy 2011; advance online publication 13 January 2011; doi: 10.1057/jphp.2010.49.

    Berry Jesia G, Ryan Philip, Braunack-Mayer Annette J, Duszynski Katherine M, Xafis Vicki, Gold Michael S. 2011. Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to compare opt-in and opt-out parental consent for childhood vaccine safety surveillance using data linkage. Trials 2011; 12:1. 

    # Scarborough Jane, Eliott Jaklin, Braunack-Mayer Annette. 2011. General practitioners’ participation in prescribing Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST): An exploratory study using qualitative methods. Australian Family Physician 40: 241-245.

    Carter D, Braunack-Mayer A. 2010. Introduction: On the borders. Interface: A Forum for Theology in the World 2010; 13:1-10. C

    Braunack-Mayer Annette J, Street Jackie M, Rogers Wendy A, Givney Rodney, Moss John R, Hiller Janet E, FluViews Team. 2010. Including the public in pandemic planning: A deliberative approach. BMC Public Health 2010:10;501. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-501

    Street JM, Rogers WA, Israel M, Braunack-Mayer, A. 2010. Credit where credit is due? Regulation, research integrity and the attribution of authorship in the health sciences. Social Science and Medicine. Accepted, January 7, 2010.

    Oprea L, Braunack-Mayer A, Rogers W. 2010. An Ethical Justification for the Chronic Care Model (CCM).  Health Expectations.  Accepted September 22, 2009. B

    Selby Susan, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Moulding Nicole, Jones Alison, Clark Sheila, Beilby Justin. 2010. Special People? An exploratory study into re-entering missionaries’ identity and resilience. Journal of Religion and Health. Published online, February 24, 2010. DOI 10.1007/s10943-010-9337-8

    Braunack-Mayer Annette. 2010. Teaching Ethics with ‘Cholera and Nothing More’. Public Health Ethics 2010;3(1): 78–79.

    Selby Susan, Braunack-Mayer Annette, Moulding Nicole, Jones Alison, Clark Sheila, Beilby Justin. 2009. Resilience in re-entering missionaries: why do some do well? Mental Health, Religion & Culture 2009;12:701-720. 

    Carey G, Braunack-Mayer A, Barraket J. 2009. Spaces of care in the third sector: Understanding the effects of professionalisation. health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicin 2009;.13:629-646.

    Carey G, Braunack-Mayer A. 2009. Exploring the effects of government funding on community-based organisations: 'Top down' or 'bottom-up' approaches to health promotion? Global Health Promotion 2009;16: 45–52.

    Rogers W, Street J, Braunack-Mayer A, Hiller J. 2009. Pandemic influenza communication: views from a deliberative forum. Health Expectations 2009; 12:331-342.

    Braunack-Mayer AJ, Avery JC. 2009. Before the consultation: why people do (or do not) go the doctor.  British Journal of General Practice 2009;59(564):478-9.

    Selby S, Moulding N, Clark S, Jones A, Braunack-Mayer A, Beilby J. 2009. Back home: a qualitative study exploring re-entering cross-cultural missionary aid workers’ loss and grief. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 2009;59:19-38.

    Oprea L, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Gericke CA. 2009. Ethical issues in funding research and development of drugs for neglected tropical diseases. Journal of Medical Ethics  2009;35:310–314.

    Anikeeva O, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Rogers WA. 2009. Ethics and practice in relation to health care worker influenza immunisation rates. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99:24-29.

    Smith JA, Braunack-Mayer A, Wittert G, Warin M. 2008. Qualities men value when communicating with GPs: Implications for primary care settings. Medical Journal of Australia 2008; 189:618-621.

    Lee C, Rogers W, Braunack-Mayer A. 2008. Social justice and pandemic influenza planning: the role of communication strategies. Public Health Ethics 2008; 1:223-234.

    Braunack-Mayer AJ, Louise J. 2008. The ethics of community empowerment: tensions in health promotion theory and practice. Promotion & Education 2008; 15: 5-8.

    Anikeeva O, Braunack-Mayer A, Street J. 2008. How will Australian general practitioners respond to an influenza pandemic? A qualitative study of ethical values. Med J Aust 2008; 189(3):148-50

    Street J, Braunack-Mayer AJ,  Hiller J, Ashcroft R, Facey K. 2008. Virtual Community Consultation? Using the literature and weblogs to link community perspectives and health technology assessment. Health Expectations 2008; 11(2):189-200.

    Smith JA, Braunack-Mayer A, Wittert G, Warin M.  2008. “It’s sort of like being a detective”: Understanding how Australian men self-monitor their health prior to seeking help.  BMC Health Services Research 2008; 8:56

    Smith JA, Braunack-Mayer A, Wittert G, Warin M. 2007. “I’ve been independent for so damn long!”: Independence, masculinity and aging in a help seeking context. Journal of Aging Studies 2007; 21(4): 325-335.

    Avery JC, Braunack-Mayer AJ. 2007. The information needs of women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - Implications for treatment and health outcomes. BMC Women’s Health 2007;7:9. (20 Jun 2007)

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    CategoriesMedicine & Medical Research, Ethics
    ExpertiseMedical ethics; general practice; general practice policy and practice
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