Stav Zandes

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20202020

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Biography

Stavroula has a background in psychology and counselling, and has over 20 years’ experience in tobacco control and public health, having worked with Quit Victoria, the Cancer Council of Victoria in a range of roles.

She has a strong understanding of behaviour change and health promotion principles, and in 2013, founded her own education and training business called 'Health & Wellbeing Training Consultants'. She provides information on a range of lifestyle topics and trains health and community professionals to engage in the behaviour change conversation with their clients as part of routine care. The aim is to help motivate, encourage and support clients to make positive changes that will reduce their risk of developing chronic disease and will improve their overall health and wellbeing.

In 2015, Stav joined the teaching team at Monash University and in 2017, joined the MERQ unit as a Lecturer and Unit Coordinator. She is responsible for the effective delivery and management of a number of undergraduate Health Sciences and Public Health subjects.

As part of her continued work with Monash, Stav was invited to develop a new unit on ‘Social and Behavioural Sciences’ which was presented for the first time in Semester 1 of 2018. This new subject is based on the emerging evidence that lifestyle related behaviours are contributing to chronic ill health globally. It combines the use of evidence based medicine and complimentary therapies to explore prevention, and to address and manage lifestyle related chronic illness. This approach recognises the importance of providing patient-centered care that is solutions-focused, holistic and collaborative.

In 2019, she was also invited by the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine to present to first year medical students on ‘Health Knowledge and Society’ in semester 1.

Stav is passionate about public health and achieving excellence in areas of health and chronic illness. She’s committed to engaging future health promotion and public health students to do the same – to continue along this path and contribute to positive public health outcomes.

Monash teaching commitment

PBH1102: Introduction to Communicating Health

PBH3005: Social and Behavioural Sciences in Public Health

HKS MED1011: Health, Knowledge and Society

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