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I am a researcher working across public health, sociology of health and social psychology. I specialise in examining how the public access, understand and use information about health and healthcare.

My present work examines public understandings of low value medical care and vaccine attitudes in Australia. My previous research examined mental health among stigmatised populations.

I specialise in qualitative interpretative research and psychosocial survey research, but I utilise a broad range of other methods, including meta-synthesis, evidence appraisal techniques and content analysis. 

I have taught into a range of courses at RMIT University's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and at La Trobe University in the areas of sociology, social research methods and public health.

I regularly comment in the media, and I have been featured by ABC Radio National, SBS, NewsCorp, and I have written for the Conversation. My work has influenced health promotion policy and practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, PhD, Understanding Vaccine-Refusal Beliefs in Australia, La Trobe University

Award Date: 2 Nov 2019

External positions

Postdoctoral research fellow, Cabrini Health Limited

2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • public health
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Overdiagnosis
  • Health Literacy

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