The Victoria University Public Health Network (VUPHN) draws together colleges, institutes, departments and individual academic staff interested in advancing public health. The VUPHN was established as a forum for public health experts from a variety of fields and disciplines. Members of the network raise issues, strategise and strengthen collaborative research, teaching, health promotion and advocacy.

The network has 41 individual members representing:

Goal of the Victoria University Public Health Network

The Victoria University Public Health Network aims to:

  • increase capacity in collaborative public health research
  • improve knowledge sharing for research and health promotion
  • build partnerships between colleges/institutes across VU in applications for research grants
  • expand the range of possibilities to translate public health research evidence into practice
  • increase capability to develop and implement multifaceted health promotion interventions among VU staff and students and externally
  • enhance cooperation between colleges in teaching public health-related subjects
  • expand possibilities for organising public health workshops and summer/winter schools
  • strengthen advocacy for further improvements in VU’s organisational support to public health research, interventions, and teaching
  • strengthen advocacy for other interests of public health researchers, practitioners and lecturers at VU.

Areas of expertise

VUPHN members cover a range of areas of expertise related to public health.

Area VUPHN experts
Chronic disease epidemiology Dr Jayantha Dassanayake; Professor Maximilian de Courten
Chronic disease prevention Professor Maximilian de Courten, Hazel Fetherston, Kristina Vingrys
Dermal Science Frank Perri
Diabetes Professor Maximilian de Courten; Professor Nigel Stepto; Kristina Vingrys; Dr Glen Wiesner
Global health Dr Jayantha Dassanayake; Professor Maximilian de Courten
Obesity Professor Kay Gibbons; Kristina Vingrys; Dr Glen Wiesner

 

Area VUPHN experts
Environmental health Irene Lemish
Occupational health Irene Lemish; Professor Elisabeth Wilson-Evered
Organisational health Professor Elisabeth Wilson-Evered

 

Area VUPHN experts
Alcohol consumption Associate Professor Craig Fry
Behavioural epidemiology Associate Professor Rochelle Eime; Dr Jannique van Uffelen
Dietetics Professor Kay Gibbons
Drug abuse Associate Professor Craig Fry
Eating disorders Dr Zali Yager
Genetics of exercise Dr Xu Sean Yan
Health through sport participation Associate Professor Rochelle Eime; Professor Warren Payne; Honorary Professor Caroline Symons; Dr Janet Young
Holistic movement practices Dr Ineke Vergeer
Nutritional epidemiology Dianne Stevens; Kristina Vingrys
Physical activity epidemiology Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Dr Jayantha Dassanayake; Associate Professor Rochelle Eime; Dr Toni Hilland; Professor Warren Payne; Dr Zeljko Pedisic; Honorary Professor Caroline Symons; Dr Jannique van Uffelen
Sedentary behaviour epidemiology Dr Zeljko Pedisic; Dr Jannique van Uffelen
Time-use epidemiology Dr Zeljko Pedisic

 

Area VUPHN experts
Community engagement Kristina Vingrys
Corporate governance Professor Anona Armstrong
E-health Associate Professor Craig Fry
Health education  Dr Simon Taylor; Kristina Vingrys; Dr Helen Widdop Quinton; Dr Zali Yager
Health policy Professor Rosemary Calder; Hazel Fetherston; Associate Professor Craig Fry; Associate Professor Liza Heslop; Professor Elisabeth Wilson-Evered
Health promotion Professor Lyndal Bond; Professor Rosemary Calder; Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Dr Jayantha Dassanayake; Hazel Fetherston; Dr Toni Hilland; Irene Lemish; Professor Warren Payne; Dr Liz Short; Kristina Vingrys
Healthcare systems Associate Professor Liza Heslop; Professor Elisabeth Wilson-Evered
Nutrition interventions Professor Kay Gibbons
Paramedicine Associate Professor Gavin Smith
Physical education Dr Toni Hilland; Dr Zali Yager
Positive education Dr Helen Widdop Quinton
Public health interventions Professor Lyndal Bond; Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Professor Maximilian de Courten; Dr Toni Hilland; Professor Alexandra Parker
Public policy Professor Anona Armstrong

 

Area VUPHN experts
Community belonging Dr Charlotte Fabiansson, Dr Liz Short
Community recreation Dr John Tower
Cultural diversity Professor Mary Carolan-Olah; Dr Liz Short
Gender and sports studies Honorary Professor Caroline Symons
Sexuality and health Dr Liz Short
Sexualities and sports studies Honorary Professor Caroline Symons
Social capital Irene Lemish
Social determinants of health Professor Lyndal Bond; Dr Liz Short
Societal gambling Dr Charlotte Fabiansson
Sociology of youth Dr Charlotte Fabiansson

 

Area VUPHN experts
Behaviour change Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Dr Toni Hilland; Professor Alexandra Parker; Kristina Vingrys
Body image Dr Zali Yager
Mental health David Dawson; Rebecca Millar; Professor Alexandra Parker; Dr Liz Short; Dr Ineke Vergeer; Professor Elisabeth Wilson-Evered
Mental health workforce professional development Professor Alexandra Parker
Perception of risk and risk behaviour Professor Lyndal Bond; Dr Charlotte Fabiansson
Psychological wellbeing David Dawson; Professor Alexandra Parker; Dr Liz Short; Dr Ineke Vergeer; Professor Elisabeth Wilson-Evered
Psychology of physical activity Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Dr Toni Hilland; Professor Alexandra Parker; Dr Ineke Vergeer; Dr Janet Young
Psychology of relationships Dr Warwick Hosking
Psychology of sedentary behaviour Professor Alexandra Parker
Youth mental health services and interventions Professor Alexandra Parker

 

Area VUPHN experts
Adolescent health Professor Lyndal Bond; Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Dr Toni Hilland; Professor Alexandra Parker
Cancer survivors Associate Professor Melinda Craike
Disadvantaged and marginalised groups Dr Liz Short
Gay men’s health and wellbeing Dr Warwick Hosking
Gender minorities Dr Liz Short
Healthy ageing Dr Jannique van Uffelen
Migrant and refugee health Dr Jayantha Dassanayake
Pregnancy Associate Professor Melinda Craike; Professor Mary Carolan-Olah
Women's health Dr Liz Short; Professor Nigel Stepto

 

Area VUPHN experts
Applied statistics Dr Zeljko Pedisic
Assessment and development of new technology and innovation Dr Kim Sweeny
Electronic surveys and data capture systems Dr Glen Wiesner
Event management in sport and recreation Honorary Professor Caroline Symons
Ethics Professor Anona Armstrong; Associate Professor Craig Fry
Evaluation Professor Anona Armstrong; Professor Lyndal Bond
Genetic methods Dr Xu Sean Yan
Health economics Dr Kim Sweeny
Health surveillance Professor Maximilian de Courten; Dr Zeljko Pedisic
Needs assessment Professor Kay Gibbons
Management of large operational services Professor Kay Gibbons
Project coordination Dr Glen Wiesner
Psychometrics Dr Zeljko Pedisic
Qualitative research methods Professor Lyndal Bond; Professor Mary Carolan-Olah; Dr Toni Hilland; Frank Perri; Dr Ineke Vergeer
Quantitative research methods Professor Lyndal Bond; Dr Toni Hilland; Dr Zeljko Pedisic
Strategic analysis Dr Kim Sweeny
Survey design and implementation Dr Zeljko Pedisic
Translational research Professor Alexandra Parker; Professor Warren Payne

 

Contact us

To join the network or for any other enquiries, please contact:

Dr Zeljko Pedisic
VUPHN coordinator
+61 3 9919 5275 | [email protected].