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Socio-political and commercial determinants of health
Chronic disease prevention
Health promotion and community engagement
Women's Health


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Research interests

My research interests include: - promoting equity in public health approaches through a social health model - recognising neoliberalism, biopolitics and late capitalist drivers of health decision-making and critiquing individual responsibility for modifiable risk factors for disease. I seek understanding about how socio-political determinants of health operate as structural barriers to health promotion.

I aim to achieve this through my research practice focused on consumer engagement using qualitative methodologies and co-designing options for research translation.

I am the Post Doctoral Researcher for an Australian Research Council Discovery Project. I have also received competitive research funding from the Flinders Foundation, the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute and was recently awarded a Women's Health Research Translation Network fellowship a scheme within the Medical Research Future Fund.

My research expertise includes women's health, alcohol consumption, social class theory, lay epidemiology (disease prevention and risk), wellness culture and sober curiosity. I am also developing a portfolio of research that explores the workplace as a social determinant of health.

Research Profile

I am a Research Fellow within the Research Centre for Public Health, Equity and Human Flourishing. I explore how systems and structures impact women’s alcohol consumption and health-related decision-making.

I have expertise in community engagement and co-designing practice and policy responses for applied health outcomes.

This have strengths in research translation for non-academic settings including writing for The Conversation, Croakey Health Media and MJA Insight. I am a featured expert in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and I have conducted interviews on ABC/FM radio including the Life Matters podcast for ABC RN.

I am an executive committee member of the Women’s Health Research Translation Network (SA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association of Australia (SA).

I am an editorial board member of the Australian Journal of Health Promotion and the Drug and Alcohol Review. 

I have international collaborators within the University of York in the UK and am co-lead the Australasian arm of the UK Drinking Studies Network with Dr Ryosuke Yokoe in Japan.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

2009 – 2016 PhD, 'Young women, alcohol consumption and symbolic capital: A social sciences re-conceptualisation of peer pressure' Discipline of Public Health, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia 2002 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion and Education), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia (GPA 6.22/7)


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