Dr Jerome Rachele is a lecturer in public health in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University.

He has as unique background across social epidemiology, geospatial data expertise and experience working at the intersection of urban design and health inequities. He has over 40 academic publications, has several successfully funded projects, and has supervised two PhD students and two masters students to completion. He is accredited to supervise PhD students as a primary supervisor.

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology – social determinants of health
  • Health inequalities – disability
  • Urban design – transport

Contact details

(03) 9919 2007

Teaching responsibilities

Research grants

Using machine learning to examine neighbourhood characteristics associated with physical function, Economic and Social Participation Hallmark Research Initiative, University of Melbourne, 2018, $13,684.

Making the City of Melbourne more inclusive for people with disability, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, City of Melbourne, 2018, $16,895.

Neighbourhood design and disability: a policy review, Early Career Research Scheme, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, 2018, $27,367.

Making public spaces in the City of Melbourne more inclusive for children and adolescents with disability, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Engagement, University of Melbourne, 2019, $15,813.


A more comprehensive list of Jerome's publications is available in the VU Research Repository.

Refereed journal articles

Rachele, J.N., Wiesel, I., van Holstein, E., Feretopoulos, V., de Vries, T., Green, C., Bicknell, E. (2020) Feasibility and the care-full just city: Overlaps and contrasts in the views of people with disability and local government officers. Cities, 100, 102650.

Rachele, J.N., Disney. G., Milner, A., Emerson, E., Krnjaki, L., Kavanagh, A. (2020) Violence and mental health: does disability make a difference? Epidemiology, 3(1).

Rachele, J.N., Sugiyama, T., Davies, S., Loh, V.H.Y., Turrell, G., Carver, A., Cerin, E. (2019) Neighborhood built environment and physical function among mid-to-older aged adults: a systematic review. Health and Place 58.

Rachele, J.N., Kavanagh, A., Brown, W.J., Healy, A.M., Turrell, G. (2018). Neighborhood disadvantage and body mass index: a study of residential relocation. American Journal of Epidemiology, 187, 8.

Rachele, J.N., Sugiyama, T., Turrell, G., Healy, A.M., Sallis, J.F. (2018). Automobile dependence: a contributing factor to poorer health among lower-income households. Journal of Transport and Health. 8, 128-8.

Conference presentations

Rachele, J.N., Wang, J., Wijnands, J., Zhao, H., Bentley, R., Stevenson, M. (2019). Feasibility of machine learning to understand how neighbourhood design characteristics are related to physical function. International Conference on Urban Health, Xiamen, China.

Rachele, J.N., Sugiyama, T., Giles-Corti, B., Turrell, G. (2017). Associations between neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and transport walking: The protective effect of the built environment in Brisbane, Australia. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, Victoria, Canada.

Rachele, J.N., Schmid, C. J., Healy, A. M., Brown, W. J., Turrell, G. (2016). Change in body mass index over time and neighbourhood disadvantage: An analysis of residential stability and mobility from the HABITAT longitudinal multilevel study. International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Bangkok, Thailand.

Rachele, J.N., Learnihan, V., David, S., Badland, H., Mavoa, S., Turrell, G., Washington, S., Giles-Corti, B. (2015). Benchmarking policy performance for active living: Developing and validating national transport liveability indicators. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Appearances in the media

Topsfield, J. (2019) 'Sometimes train drivers forget you': How to make Melbourne more accessible for people with disabilities, The Age.

Rachele, J.N. (2017). Contested spaces: a user’s guide to shared paths, The Conversation.

Rachele, J.N., Healy, A. M., Sallis, J., Sugiyama, T. (2017). Designing suburbs to cut car use closes gaps in health and wealth, The Conversation.

Rachele, J.N., Sallis, J., Loh V. H. Y., (2017). Eight simple changes to our neighbourhoods can help us age well, The Conversation.

Rachele, J.N., (2016). Do the sums: bicycle-friendly changes are good business, The Conversation.