SBS doco wins National Press Club of Australia award

2013-05-20_1213SBS documentary, Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines, which presented looked at the controversial subject of vaccination, has won the National Press Club of Australia award for ‘Best Documentary or Documentary Series – Health, Health Sciences or Innovation in the field of Health and Health Sciences’.

The doco, which aired in May last year, questioned whether vaccines are to blame when things go wrong and the real cost of opting out of immunisation.

Writer, producer and director Sonya Pemberton also won the ‘Health Journalist of the Year’ award, presented by the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

“We are delighted that Jabbed and Sonya have been acknowledged with these important awards”, SBS Director of Television Tony Iffland said.

“When the documentary first aired on SBS last year, it helped stimulate the debate and bring awareness to this controversial subject. One year on, Jabbed remains a relevant and provocative part of our national conversation.”

Sonya Pemberton added, “This is tremendous honour. I wanted to cut through the public confusion to give people a clear picture of how vaccines work and why they play such an important role in public health. Importantly I wanted the film to be illuminating both for the majority who vaccinate their kids and for the minority who may delay or consider not vaccinating at all.”

Jabbed will be repeated at 8.30pm on Sunday July 13 SBS ONE.

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