Personal profile


Dr Denise Azar is an early career researcher employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Rural Health at Monash University. She completed a PhD at Deakin University in 2011 with her thesis exploring the relationship between physical activity and depressive symptoms among young women. Denise previously worked on a NHMRC-funded project at Cancer Council Victoria, where she managed a national project examining the association between alcohol outlet density, alcohol policies, advertising and newspaper reporting on adolescent’s alcohol use (using self-report data from the Australian Secondary Students Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey).

Denise’s current projects focus on understanding the role of health literacy in reducing health inequalities, and co-design and application of health literacy interventions with health services, consumers and practitioners.

Research interests

Denise’s research interests include;

  • Health literacy and socio-demographic factors that influence accessibility and acceptability of hospital-based cardiac services.
  • Social determinants of health experienced by individuals living in rural areas to improve health outcomes
  • Reducing health inequalities for people living in rural areas

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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