Prof Catherine Bennett

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Position

Head Of School

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, La Trobe University, 1985
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1995
Master of Applied Epidemiology, Australian National University, 2000

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Biography

Professor Bennett has a distinguished career in public health practice, research, academic governance and teaching. Catherine joined Deakin in 2009 after more than eight years with the University of Melbourne as Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Deputy Chair of the Academic Programs Committee in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Director of Population Health Practice in the Melbourne School of Population Health. Prior to that, Catherine worked with the New South Wales and Victorian State Governments in a variety of senior positions, including Olympic Public Health Coordinator for Northern Sydney. Catherine is also founding Chair and President of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia.

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Biography summary

Professor Bennett is the inaugural chair in Epidemiology, and Head of the School of Health and Social Development. Catherine is also Director of Deakin Epidemiology, a research Unit that sits within Deakin Population Health, one of six strategic research centres located within the Faculty of Health.

Research interests

An active researcher Professor Bennett leads an NHMRC funded national research collaboration focussed on the epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph, or “superbugs”) in the community. She and her team (Austin Health, PathWest, Dorevitch Pathology) are also collaborating with the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (Barwon Health & CISRO), Columbia University, New York, and Amphia Hospital, the Netherlands. Her current research collaborations extend into chronic diseases; working on a diabetes intervention evaluation project with colleagues at Deakin, and the epidemiology of allergies with the University of Melbourne.

Teaching interests

Catherine is recognised for her academic program leadership and academic governance expertise and has chaired national working parties on career and training pathways in Public Health and in Epidemiology. Catherine was part of the team who developed the new University of Melbourne Graduate Attributes for the Melbourne Model and advised staff across the university on ways to embed these within the curriculum.

Catherine also has an extensive teaching and curriculum development portfolio. She introduced infectious disease epidemiology into the Master of Public Health and Master of Epidemiology programs at the University of Melbourne and initiated and led the review and renewal of the postgraduate epidemiology curriculum and course structure. Her leadership in curriculum reform and the quality and success of the resulting postgraduate programs are widely recognised. 

Awards

In 2008 she was awarded the David White Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Melbourne, and an Australian Award for University Teaching from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council – the Award for Teaching Excellence (Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies).

Publications

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2017

Cohort profile: Melbourne atopy cohort study (MACS)

A Lowe, C Lodge, K Allen, M Abramson, M Matheson, P Thomas, C Barton, C Bennett, B Erbas, C Svanes, M Wjst, F Gómez Real, J Perret, M Russell, M Southey, J Hopper, L Gurrin, C Axelrad, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2017), Vol. 46, pp. 25-26g, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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Age at onset and persistence of eczema are related to subsequent risk of asthma and hay fever from birth to 18 years of age

A Lowe, B Angelica, J Su, C Lodge, D Hill, B Erbas, C Bennett, L Gurrin, C Axelrad, M Abramson, K Allen, S Dharmage

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 384-390, Pediatric allergy and immunology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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2016

Detection of Candida spp. in the vagina of a cohort of nulliparous pregnant women by culture and molecular methods: Is there an association between maternal vaginal and infant oral colonisation?

M Payne, M Cullinane, S Garland, S Tabrizi, S Donath, C Bennett, L Amir

(2016), Vol. 56, pp. 179-184, Australian and New Zealand journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, London, Eng., C1

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A prescription for resistance: management of Staphylococcal skin abscesses by general practitioners in Australia

C Parrott, G Wood, E Bogatyreva, G Coombs, P Johnson, C Bennett

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 1-8, Frontiers in Microbiology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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2015

Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission in households of infected cases : a pooled analysis of primary data from three studies across international settings

J Knox, M Van Rijen, A Uhlemann, M Miller, C Hafer, P Vavagiakis, Q Shi, P Johnson, G Coombs, M Kluytmans-Van Den Bergh, J Kluytmans, C Bennett, F Lowy

(2015), Vol. 143, pp. 354-365, Epidemiology and Infection, Cambridge, United Kingdom, C1

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Challenges of diabetes prevention in the real world: results and lessons from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

J Dunbar, A Hernan, E Janus, E Vartiainen, T Laatikainen, V Versace, J Reynolds, J Best, T Skinner, S O'Reilly, K Mc Namara, E Stewart, M Coates, C Bennett, R Carter

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-13, BMJ open diabetes research and care, London, Eng., C1

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Determinants of mastitis in women in the CASTLE study: a cohort study

M Cullinane, L Amir, S Donath, S Garland, S Tabrizi, M Payne, C Bennett

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC family practice, London, Eng., C1

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Maternal physical health symptoms in the first 8 weeks postpartum among primiparous Australian women

A Cooklin, L Amir, J Jarman, M Cullinane, S Donath, C Bennett, The CASTLE Study Team

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 254-260, Birth: issues in perinatal care, London, Eng., C1-1

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2014

Relationship between raised BMI and sugar sweetened beverage and high fat food consumption among children

L Millar, B Rowland, M Nichols, B Swinburn, C Bennett, H Skouteris, S Allender

(2014), Vol. 22, Obesity, Hoboken, N. J., C1

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Early-life risk factors for childhood wheeze phenotypes in a high-risk birth cohort

C Lodge, S Zaloumis, A Lowe, L Gurrin, C Matheson, C Axelrad, C Bennett, D Hill, C Hosking, C Svanes, M Abramson, K Allen, S Dharmage

(2014), Vol. 164, pp. 289-294, The journal of pediatrics, United States, C1

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Molecular epidemiology of enterococcal bacteremia in Australia

G Coombs, J Pearson, D Dale, T Le, O Robinson, T Gottlieb, B Howden, P Johnson, C Bennett, T Stinear, J Turnidge

(2014), Vol. 52, pp. 897-905, Journal of clinical microbiology, Washington, D.C., C1

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Childhood wheeze phenotypes show less than expected growth in FEV1 across adolescence.

C Lodge, A Lowe, K Allen, S Zaloumis, L Gurrin, M Matheson, C Axelrad, L Welsh, C Bennett, J Hopper, P Thomas, D Hill, C Hosking, C Svanes, M Abramson, S Dharmage

(2014), Vol. 189, pp. 1351-1358, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, New York, United States, C1

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2013

The Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study (MDPS) : study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

N Davis-Lameloise, A Hernan, E Janus, E Stewart, R Carter, C Bennett, S O'Reilly, B Philpot, E Vartiainen, J Dunbar

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, Trials, London, England, C1

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Increasing community capacity and decreasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in a community based intervention among Australian adolescents

L Millar, N Robertson, S Allender, M Nichols, C Bennett, B Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 56, pp. 379-384, Preventive medicine, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1

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Does Candida and/or Staphylococcus play a role in nipple and breast pain in lactation? A cohort study in Melbourne, Australia

L Amir, S Donath, S Garland, S Tabrizi, C Bennett, M Cullinane, M Payne

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1-8, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1-1

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Community-onset Staphylococcus aureus infections presenting to general practices in South-eastern Australia

C Bennett, G Coombs, G Wood, B Howden, L Johnson, D White, P Johnson

(2013), Vol. 142, pp. 501-511, Epidemiology and infection, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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2012

A post-contact Aboriginal mortuary tree from southwestern Victoria, Australia

T Richards, C Bennett, H Webber

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 62-72, Journal of field archaeology, Leeds, England, C1-1

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Scaling-up from an implementation trial to state-wide coverage : results from the preliminary Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study

E Janus, J Best, N Davis-Lameloise, B Philpot, A Hernan, C Bennett, S O'Reilly, R Carter, E Vartiainen, J Dunbar

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 1-6, BioMed Central Ltd, London, England, C1-1

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Implementation salvage experiences from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

J Dunbar, A Hernan, E Janus, N Davis-Lameloise, D Asproloupos, S O'Reilly, A Timoshanko, E Stewart, C Bennett, G Johnson, R Carter

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, England, C1-1

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2011

Pathogenicity of non-albicans yeasts in the vagina

G Dennerstein, D Ellis, C Reed, C Bennett

(2011), Vol. 15, pp. 33-36, Journal of lower genital tract disease, New York, N.Y., C1

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The role of micro-organisms (staphylococcus aureus and Candida Albicans) in the pathogenesis of breast pain and infection in lactation women : study protocol

L Amir, M Cullinane, S Garland, S Tabrizi, S Donath, C Bennett, A Cooklin, J Fisher, M Payne

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-10, BMC pregnancy and childbirth, London, United Kingdom, C1-1

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Inequalities in care-seeking for febrile illness of under-five children in Urban Dhaka, Bangladesh

N Najnin, C Bennett, S Luby

(2011), Vol. 29, pp. 523-531, Journal of health population and nutrition, Dhaka, Bangladesh, C1

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Effect of a partially hydrolyzed whey infant formula at weaning on risk of allergic disease in high-risk children : a randomized controlled trial

A Lowe, C Hosking, C Bennett, K Allen, C Axelrad, J Carlin, M Abramson, S Dharmage, D Hill

(2011), Vol. 128, pp. 1-10, Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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2010

The implementation of chlamydia screening : a cross-sectional study in the South East of England

S Johnson, I Simms, J Sheringham, G Bickler, C Bennett, R Hall, J Cassell

(2010), Vol. 86, pp. 217-221, Sexually transmitted infections, London, England, C1-1

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Comparison of flocked and rayon swabs for detection of nasal carriage of staphylococcus aureus among pathology

S De Silva, G Wood, T Quek, C Parrott, C Bennett

(2010), Vol. 48, pp. 2963-2964, Journal of clinical microbiology, Washington, D.C., C1

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Paving pathways : shaping the public health workforce through tertiary education

C Bennett, K Lilley, H Yeatman, E Parker, E Geelhoed, E Hanna, P Robinson

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, Australia and New Zealand health policy, London, England, C1

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Early childhood infections and immunisation and the development of allergic disease in particular asthma in a high-risk cohort : a prospective study of allergy-prone children from birth to six years

J Thomson, C Widjaja, A Darmaputra, A Lowe, M Matheson, C Bennett, K Allen, M Abramson, C Hosking, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2010), Vol. 21, pp. 1076-1085, Pediatric allergy and immunology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Paracetamol use in early life and asthma : prospective birth cohort study

A Lowe, J Carlin, C Bennett, C Hosking, K Allen, C Robertson, C Axelrad, M Abramson, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2010), Vol. 341, pp. 1-7, BMJ : British medical journal, London, England, C1-1

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2009

Statphylococcus aureus bacteraemia : a major cause of mortaility in Australia and New Zealand

J Turnidge, D Kotsanas, W Muckoff, S Roberts, C Bennett, G Nimmo, G Coombs, R Murray, B Howden, P Johnson, K Dowling

(2009), Vol. 191, pp. 368-373, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

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Victims of violence among indigenous mothers living with dependent children

K Cripps, C Bennett, L Gurrin, D Studdert

(2009), Vol. 191, pp. 481-485, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

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Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine-related disease in HIV-infected children: a systematic review

P Azzopardi, C Bennett, S Graham, T Duke

(2009), Vol. 13, pp. 1331-1344, International journal of tuberculosis and lung disease, Paris, France, C1-1

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The epidemiology workforce : are we planning for the future?

A Rumbold, C Bennett

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-5, Australia and New Zealand health policy, London, England, C1

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2008

Are aspects of study design associated with the reported prevalence of female sexual difficulties?

R Hayes, C Bennett, L Dennerstein, J Taffe, C Fairley

(2008), Vol. 90, pp. 497-505, Fertility and sterility, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Risk factors for female sexual dysfunction in the general population : exploring factors associated with low sexual function and sexual distress

R Hayes, L Dennerstein, C Bennett, M Sidat, L Gurrin, C Fairley

(2008), Vol. 5, pp. 1681-1693, Journal of sexual medicine, Oxford, England, C1-1

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What is the 'true' prevalence of female sexual dysfunctions and does the way we assess these conditions have an impact?

R Hayes, L Dennerstein, C Bennett, C Fairley

(2008), Vol. 5, pp. 777-787, Journal of sexual medicine, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Do boys do the atopic march while girls dawdle?

A Lowe, J Carlin, C Bennett, C Hosking, M Abramson, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2008), Vol. 121, pp. 1190-1195, Journal of allergy and clinical immunology : official organ of American Academy of Allergy, St. Louis, Mo., C1-1

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Associations between fatty acids in colostrum and breast milk and risk of allergic disease

A Lowe, F Thien, R Stoney, C Bennett, D Hill, C Hosking, J Carlin, M Abramson, S Dharmage

(2008), Vol. 38, pp. 1745-1751, Clinical and experimental allergy, London, C1-1

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Epidemiology training and workforce competencies

A Rumbold, C Bennett, C Harper

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 22-23, Australasian epidemiologist, Parkville, Vic., C1-1

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2007

HbA1c as a screening tool for detection of type 2 diabetes: A systematic review

C Bennett, M Gao, S Dharmage

(2007), Vol. 24, pp. 333-343, Diabetic medicine, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Could global standardization of A1C help it become the preferred diabetes screening method?

C Bennett, A Jenkins, M Guo, S Dharmage

(2007), pp. 59-61, Review of endocrinology, Wayne, Pa., C1-1

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Modeling response rates in surveys of female sexual difficulty and dysfunction

R Hayes, C Bennett, L Dennerstein, L Gurrin, C Fairley

(2007), Vol. 4, pp. 286-295, Journal of sex medicine, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Relationship between hypoactive sexual desire disorder and aging

R Hayes, L Dennerstein, C Bennett, P Koochaki, S Leiblum, A Graziottin

(2007), Vol. 87, pp. 107-112, Fertility and Sterility, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Skin prick test can identify eczematous infants at risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis

A Lowe, C Hosking, C Bennett, J Carlin, M Abramson, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2007), Vol. 37, pp. 1624-1631, Clinical and experimental allergy, Oxford, England, C1-1

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The temporal sequence of allergic sensitization and onset of infantile eczema

A Lowe, M Abramson, C Hosking, J Carlin, C Bennett, S Dharmage, D Hill

(2007), Vol. 37, pp. 536-542, Clinical and experimental allergy, Oxford, England, C1-1

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The epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in community-acquired infections in Victoria

C Bennett, P Johnson, G Coombs, G Wood

(2007), AEA 2007 : Proceedings of the Australasian Epidemiological Association annual conference, Hobart, Tasmania, E1-1

conference

Do boys do the 'atopic march' while girls dawdle?

A Lowe, J Carlin, C Bennett, C Hosking, M Abramson, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2007), World Allergy Organization Journal, Bangkok, Thailand, E1-1

conference

Is there an association between early childhood immunisation and the development of atopic diseases in children with one or more first-degree family members with atopic diseases?

A Perdana, J Thomson, A Lowe, M Matheson, C Bennett, C Hosking, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2007), AEA 2007 & IEA 2007 : Proceedings of the 2007 Australian Epidemiological Association and International Epidemiological Association joint conference, Hobart, Tasmania, E1-1

conference
2006

Undiagnosed and potentially lethal parasite infections among immigrants and refugees in Australia

S Caruana, H Kelly, J Ngeow, N Ryan, C Bennett, L Chea, S Nuon, N Bak, S Skull, B Biggs

(2006), Vol. 13, pp. 233-239, Journal of travel medicine, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

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What can prevalence studies tell us about female sexual difficulty and dysfunction?

R Hayes, C Bennett, C Fairley, L Dennerstein

(2006), Vol. 3, pp. 589-595, Journal of sexual medicine, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Atopic disease and breastfeeding - cause or consequence?

A Lowe, J Carlin, C Bennett, M Abramson, C Hosking, D Hill, S Dharmage

(2006), Vol. 117, pp. 683-687, Journal of allergy and clinical immunology : official organ of American Academy of Allergy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1

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Is eczema or sensitisation the first step of the 'atopic march' towards asthma and hay-fever?

A Lowe, C Hosking, C Bennett

(2006), AEA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Epidemiological Association annual conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference
2005

A boarding school outbreak of pertussis in adolescents : value of laboratory diagnostic methods

P Horby, C Macintyre, P McIntyre, G Gilbert, M Staff, M Hanlon, L Heron, M Cagney, C Bennett

(2005), Vol. 133, pp. 229-236, Epidemiology and infection, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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Does the VCPH MPH programme successfully teach public health?

P Robertson, C Bennett, F Cicuttini

(2005), PHAA 2005 : Successes in public health : program & abstracts, Perth, Western Australia, E1-1

conference
2003

Fresh garlic : a possible vehicle for Salmonella Virchow

C Bennett, C Dalton, M Beers-Deeble, A Milazzo, E Kraa, D Davos, M Puech, A Tan, M Heuzenroeder

(2003), Vol. 131, pp. 1041-1048, Epidemiology and infection, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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Is restricting tobacco sales the answer to adolescent smoking?

M Staff, C Bennett, P Angel

(2003), Vol. 37, pp. 529-533, Preventive medicine, San Diego, Calif., C1-1

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2002

Strontium in 19th century Australian children's teeth

A Williams, D Donlon, C Bennett, R Siegele

(2002), Vol. 190, pp. 453-457, Nuclear instruments & methods in physics research. Section B: beam interactions with materials and atoms, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1

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1999

Respiratory symptoms and duration of residence in immigrant teenagers living in Melbourne, Australia

C Powell, T Nolan, J Carlin, C Bennett, P Johnson

(1999), Vol. 81, pp. 159-162, Archives of Disease in Childhood, London, Eng., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Life! diabetes prevention program: a randomised cluster control trial of its efficacy and cost effectiveness

Prof James Dunbar, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Edward Janus, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Prof Erkki Vartiainen

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2011: $266,875
  • 2010: $321,466
  • 2009: $277,725

The epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus and antibiotic resistance in community-acquired

Prof Catherine Bennett, A/Prof Paul Johnson, Mr Geoff Coombs, Dr Gillian Wood

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2011: $320,559
  • 2010: $335,982
  • 2009: $77,223

Other Public Sector Funding

Public Health Workforce Capacity Building - Consultancy Agreement - Australian Network of Academic Public Health Institutions (ANAPHI) - QUT

Prof Catherine Bennett, Prof Bernie Marshall, Ms Berni Murphy

  • 2010: $40,000

Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning Review and Evaluation Support proposal 2011-2013 - Stage 1

Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Matthew Dunn, Prof Evelyne de Leeuw

  • 2011: $26,696

Alcohol Culture Change in University setting

Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Matthew Dunn, A/Prof Jo Williams

  • 2017: $150,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2014

Grace Kabaniha

Thesis entitled: A Novel Approach to Priority Setting for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Adults in Uganda

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development

2013

Lynne Millar

Thesis entitled: Community-based obesity prevention in children

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development