Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Health-enhancing physical activity
  • Research translation
  • Preventive health care

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Melinda Craike

Melinda is Associate Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the Institute for Health and Sport, and Principal Research Fellow at the Mitchell Institute.

Melinda has an internationally recognised research track record in understanding physical activity engagement in healthy and clinical population groups, with a particular focus on behaviour change. Melinda has a strong interest in research translation and has partnered with government, health and community sectors to improve health outcomes. Her work has informed the development of national school physical activity programs, physical activity programs for clinical populations, sport policies to encourage female participation, municipal physical activity strategy development, and community service delivery.   

Melinda is Physical Activity Lead for the Growing Brimbank program, a collaboration between Victoria University and Brimbank City Council, which aims to develop and implement research-based policy and practice strategies for improving health and education outcomes in the Brimbank community.

Her recent research includes:

  • the evaluation interventions to improve physical activity and quality of life among cancer survivors
  • examination of interventions to improve physical activity among disadvantaged population groups
  • the analysis of national health service data to assess the equity of a government-funded exercise referral scheme.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Griffith University, Australia, 2005
  • BA(Leis Mgment)(Hons), Griffith University, Australia, 1999

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Craike, M., Wiesner, G., Hilland, T. A., & Bengoechea, E. G. (180515). Interventions to improve physical activity among socioeconomically disadvantaged groups: An umbrella review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12966-018-0676-2

2018 Bennie, J. A., Wiesner, G. H., van, Uffelen., Harvey, J. T., Craike, M. J., & Biddle, S. JH. (180401). Assessment and monitoring practices of Australian fitness professionals. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21(4), (433-438).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.07.010

2017 Gaskin, C. J., Craike, M., Mohebbi, M., Courneya, K. S., & Livingston, P. M. (170501). A clinician referral and 12-week exercise training program for men with prostate cancer: Outcomes to 12 months of the engage cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 14(5), (353-359).

doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0431

2017 Craike, M. J., Mosely, K., Browne, J. L., Pouwer, F., & Speight, J. (170301). Associations between physical activity and depressive symptoms by weight status among adults with type 2 diabetes: Results from diabetes miles-Australia. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 14(3), (195-202).

doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0196

2017 Craike, M., Hill, B., Gaskin, C. J., & Skouteris, H. (170301). Interventions to improve physical activity during pregnancy: a systematic review on issues of internal and external validity using the RE-AIM framework. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 124(4), (573-583).

doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14276

2016 Craike, M., Young, J. A., Symons, C. M., Pain, M. D., Harvey, J. T., Eime, R. M., & Payne, W. R. (161108). Trends in body image of adolescent females in metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 16(1), (1-9).

doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3815-1

2016 Gaskin, C. J., Craike, M., Mohebbi, M., Salmon, J., Courneya, K. S., Broadbent, S., & Livingston, P. M. (160901). Associations of objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior with quality of life and psychological well-being in prostate cancer survivors. Cancer Causes and Control, 27(9), (1093-1103).

doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0787-5

2016 Craike, M., Gaskin, C. J., Courneya, K. S., Fraser, S. F., Salmon, J., Owen, P. J., Broadbent, S., & Livingston, P. M. (160501). Predictors of adherence to a 12-week exercise program among men treated for prostate cancer: ENGAGE study. Cancer Medicine, 5(5), (787-794).

doi: 10.1002/cam4.639

2016 Eime, R. M., Harvey, J. T., Sawyer, N. A., Craike, M. J., Symons, C. M., & Payne, W. R. (160101). Changes in sport and physical activity participation for adolescent females: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 16(1), (1-7).

doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3203-x

2015 Livingston, P. M., Craike, M. J., Salmon, J., Courneya, K. S., Gaskin, C. J., Fraser, S. F., Mohebbi, M., Broadbent, S., Botti, M., & Kent, B. (150101). Effects of a clinician referral and exercise program for men who have completed active treatment for prostate cancer: A multicenter cluster randomized controlled trial (ENGAGE). Cancer, 121(15), (2646-2654).

doi: 10.1002/cncr.29385

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Advice for public health and wellbeing planning in Victoria: planning cycle 2017-21
From: Dept of Health (VIC)
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed

An examination of the adoption and sustainability of Bluearth Foundation's Active Schools Programs in Australian Primary Schools.
From: Bluearth Foundation
Investigators: Dr Toni Hilland
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Complication of evidence based research to underpin service planning across the community wellbeing directorate.
From: Brimbank City Council
Investigators: Dr Toni Hilland
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
Evidence review - interventions for improving physical activity among people who are socially disadvantaged
From: Brimbank City Council
Investigators: Dr Toni Hilland
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
Social and health indicators of St Albans catchment: Errington reserve site.
From: Brimbank City Council
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed

Evaluation of Active Families Project
From: Softball Victoria Grant
Investigators: Aspr Rochelle Eime
For period: 2016-2016
Not disclosed
Evaluation of female participation at Moreland City Council in sport.
From: Moreland City Council
Investigators: Aspr Clare Hanlon
For period: 2016-2017
$18,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
3 PhD Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (3) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Completed supervisions: One PhD student (co-supervisor), seven Honours students, and one Masters by Research student

Teaching activities & experience

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2018 - Mar 2019
Associate Professor of Physical Activity and Health
Victoria University
Jul 2018 - Feb 2019
Principal Research Fellow
Victoria University
Feb 2017 - Feb 2019
Physical Activity Lead, Growing Brimbank Program
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2018 -
Mar 2019
Associate Professor of Physical Activity and Health
Victoria University
Jul 2018 -
Feb 2019
Principal Research Fellow
Victoria University
Feb 2017 -
Feb 2019
Physical Activity Lead, Growing Brimbank Program
Victoria University

Media appearances

27th November 2018

Millions missing out on Medicare funded treatments

Story appeared in the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), Hobart Mercury, Courier Mail (Brisbane), and Perth Now (website) and the Australian Doctor.