Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Applied Science, Deakin University, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2007
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009


Research interests

Housing and health

Families, environments and health

Human health benefits of contact with the natural environment

Quality of life


IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies)

NCFR (National Council on Family Relations)


Teaching interests

Family, society and health

Health and sustainability

Units taught

Unit Chair: HSH105, HSH206, HSH340

Lecturer: HSH306, HSH112, HSH207 and HSH740

Knowledge areas

People-environment relationships

Health benefits of contact with nature

Urbanisation and sustainability

Family health and wellbeing


• Journal of Youth Studies, Copenhagen March 30-1 April 2015.
• IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney 12-19 November 2014.
• International Ecohealth Conference, Montreal, Canada 11-14 August 2014.
• Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne 30 July-1 August 2014.
• National Centre on Family Relations 75th Anniversary Conference, San Antonio Texas, USA, 5-9 November, 2013.
• Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Scientific Conference, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 24 - 27 November 2013.
• Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 25-27 July 2012.
• International Federation of Home Economics, Melbourne, 16-21 July 2012.
• 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference, Geelong, 6 8, June 2012.


ARC APAI (Industry Partners) PhD scholarship holder 2003-2006

Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences Award for Excellence 2010

Health and Social Development Award for Excellence in Service 2010


Claire is a founding member of the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group, a member of the school's Health Tean Representatives, Research and Research Training Committee and a member of the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE) all within the School of Health and Social Development. Through her role as co-ordinator of the Family, Society and Health major, Claire liaises with external partners (such as family support agencies) to enhance graduate learning outcomes and foster community partnerships. Additionally, Claire regularly peer-reviews submitted manuscripts to national and international journals.


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Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Sue Noy, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

(2016), Vol. 54, pp. 34-49, International journal of health promotion and education, London, Eng., C1


Challenges in the family: problematic substance use and sibling relationships

Miss Lisa Incerti, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Matthew Dunn

(2015), Vol. 96, pp. 29-38, Family matters, Melbourne, Australia, C1


‘You just accept’: Australian parents’ and young adults’ feelings towards returning to co-residence

Dr Elyse Warner, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Fiona Andrews

(2015), Vol. In press, pp. 1-16, Families, relationships and societies, Bristol, Eng., C1


Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter

Mr Yotti Kingsley, Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Pierre Horwitz, Margot Parkes, Aaron Jenkins, Charles Massy, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Kerry Arabena

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 12706-12722, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing

Mr Yotti Kingsley, Mardie Townsend, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Bruce Bolam

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 678-698, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Everyone’s life is so different : the experiences of young Australian adults who return home

Dr Elyse Warner, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Fiona Andrews

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 28-34, Youth studies Australia, Hobart, Tas., C1


Parenting and place : pilot study exploring experiences of women from inner and outer Melbourne suburbs

Dr Fiona Andrews, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, A/Prof Mardie Townsend

(2012), pp. 1-11, 5th Health Citites : Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities : Book of Proceedings 2012, Nerang, Qld., E1


Sustainable high-rise developments : factors impacting on residents' health and well-being

Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

(2010), pp. 59-72, Environment, health, and sustainable development, Toronto, Ont., B1


Using a qualitative approach to research to build trust between a non-Aboriginal researcher and Aboriginal participants (Australia)

Mr Yotti Kingsley, Rebecca Phillips, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 2-12, Qualitative research journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Flying the coop : why is the move out of home proving unsustainable?

Dr Elyse Warner, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Fiona Andrews

(2009), pp. 1-14, Proceedings of the 4th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference 2009, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Rediscovering nature in everyday settings : or how to create healthy environments and healthy people

Ms Cecily Maller, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, A/Prof Mardie Townsend

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 553-556, EcoHealth, New York, N. Y., C1-1


Cultivating health and wellbeing : members' perceptions of the health benefits of a Port Melbourne community garden

Mr Yotti Kingsley, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 207-219, Leisure studies, London, England, C1


Investigating health, economic and socio-political factors that need consideration when establishing Victorian Aboriginal land management projects

Mr Yotti Kingsley, David Aldous, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Rebecca Phillips, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

(2009), Vol. 16, pp. 113-123, Australasian journal of environmental management, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Inner city high-rise living : a catalyst for social exclusion and social connectedness?

Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

(2008), pp. 1-13, Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Housing Researchers¿ Conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1