Dr Jenny Veitch

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

jenny.veitch@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17723

Biography

Dr Jenny Veitch is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (IPAN), within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Dr Veitch is an active researcher in understanding how aspects of the neighbourhood built environment may influence physical activity and sedentary behaviour in populations.

Dr Veitch has a particular research interest in the role of parks and public open spaces and how features of parks may be associated with use and overall physical activity levels. Dr Veitch has recently been awarded an ARC Discovery Project Grant as lead investigator to examine how characteristics of parks may increase park visitation, park-based physical activity and social connectedness. Dr Veitch has also been leading an ARC Linkage Grant. This three year natural experiment study examined the impact of park renewal on park use and park-based physical activity. Dr Veitch has led another natural experiment that examined changes in park use and physical activity within parks using observation techniques after a nominated park underwent refurbishment.

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Career highlights

In 2016, I was senior author on two reports on the built environment for the World Health Organisation (WHO). This work was presented to a meeting of experts at the Technical Meeting at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland in August 2016.

Research interests

Built environment and physical activity

Affiliations

In building my program of research, I have forged strong working collaborations nationally and internationally, and developed partnerships with industry, government and non-government organisations who have contributed funding toward my research. For example, Parks Victoria, City West Water, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Brimbank City Council are partners on my current ARC Linkage Grant (LP120200396).

In 2016, I coordinated a “Parks for Healthy Communities” forum that bought together more than 55 practitioners, policy makers, planners and researchers to discuss current research, opportunities for collaboration between researchers and practitioners, and solutions for putting the latest evidence into practice.

I regularly consult with Parks Victoria and local government organisations regarding aspects of park design.
 

Conferences

Symposium presentations
1. Veitch J, Wang W, Salmon J, Carver C, Giles-Corti B, Timperio  A. A Latent Class Analysis Approach to Understanding Park Visitation. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Cape Town, South Africa, June 2016.

2. Veitch J, Timperio A*, Salmon J, Bangay S, DeForche B, Parker K.  Examining park features for adolescents: the Pick-A-Park study. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2015.
3. Veitch J, Salmon J, Carver A, Fletcher E, Crawford D, Giles-Corti B, Timperio A. Methodological considerations in the design of natural experiments. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. San Diego, USA, May 2014.
4. Veitch J, Ball K, Abbott, Crawford D, Salmon J. Neighbourhood parks and physical activity; a natural experiment. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Melbourne, Australia, June 2011.
5. Veitch J, Hume C, Ball K, Crawford D, Salmon J. What helps children to be active? A qualitative exploration of resilience among children. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Melbourne, Australia, June 2011

Oral conference presentations
6. Veitch J, Hanson F, Beza B. Improving the health of Australians by applying evidence from behavioural epidemiology to urban design projects. Oral Presentation, 8th International Urban Design Conference, Brisbane, November 2015.
7. Veitch J, Timperio A, Salmon J, Bangay S, DeForche B. Examining park features that encourage park visitation and physical activity among adolescents. Oral Presentation, International Conference on Dietary and Activity Methods (ICDAM9), Brisbane, September 2015.
8. Veitch J, Salmon J, Carver A, Crawford D, Giles-Corti B, Anna Timperio A. REVAMP:  A natural experiment to examine the impact of park renewal on park-use and park-based physical activity. Oral Presentation, Be Active, National Physical Activity Conference. Canberra, October 2014.
9. Veitch J, Salmon J, Carver A, Fletcher E, Crawford D, Giles-Corti B, Timperio A. The design of REVAMP:  a natural experiment study in parks. Oral Presentation, 5th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health. Rio de Janiero Brazil, April 2014.
10. Veitch J, Ball K, Crawford D, Abbott G, Salmon J. Salmon. Park visitation and physical activity. Poster Presentation, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Ghent, Belgium, May 2013.
11. Veitch J, Salmon J, Ball K, Crawford D, Timperio A. Features of public open spaces: are there differences between urban and rural areas? Oral Presentation, 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health. Sydney, Australia, November 2012.
12. Veitch J, Salmon J, Ball K, Crawford D, Timperio a. Features of public open spaces: are there differences between urban and rural areas? Oral Presentation, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas, May 2012.
13. Veitch J, Timperio A, Crawford D, Abbott G, Giles-Corti B, Salmon J. Is the neighbourhood environment associated with sedentary behaviour outside of school hours among children? Oral Presentation, Heart Foundation Conference. Heart to Heart: from Access to Action. Melbourne, Australia, March 2011.

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Professional activities

Dr Veitch is sub-leader of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, Council for Environment and Physical Activity, Urban Green Space working group (2012-current). This group of nine leading international park researchers work to stimulate research on urban green spaces and to support and disseminate findings on how urban green space affects physical activity behaviour. This role ensures I am at the forefront of international park research.

I also served as an elected Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), 2011-2014. The ISBNPA is the premier scientific society in my field, with over 600 members from 30 countries and I am still an active member of its Membership (2011-current), and Special Interest Group (2012-current) committees.

I am a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

I am a member of Academic Board, Faculty of Health, Deakin University (2017-2018).

Awards

2016: Finalist, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards, Encouraging Physical Activity
2013: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research by Early Career Researcher
2008: Doctoral Award of Distinction for the most outstanding research, ACHPER
2008: Sport and Recreation Victoria Research Award
2007: Parks Victoria Research Partners Conference Prize for excellent research to assist Parks Victoria
2005-8: Three Heart Foundation travel awards to present my research at international conferences



 

Projects

Recordning and Evaluation Activity in a Modified Park -  the REVAMP study. The impact of park renewal on park usage and park based physical activity (LP120200396: 2013-2015; ARC Linkage Grant). Lead investigator (CIA)

ShadePlus: improving park facilities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods to promote community health behaviours (APP 1062314)

Reviewer of International Research Grants and manuscripts.

Member of local organising committee for the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 Annual Meeting.

Conference chair at national and international conferences.

Reviewer of abstracts for national and international conferences.
 

Publications

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2017

Active use of parks in Flanders (Belgium): an exploratory observational study

L Van Hecke, J Van Cauwenberg, P Clarys, D Van Dyck, J Veitch, B Deforche

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-15, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Challenges in conducting natural experiments in parks-lessons from the REVAMP study

J Veitch, J Salmon, B Giles-Corti, D Crawford, K Dullaghan, A Carver, A Timperio

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-6, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

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Park attributes that encourage park visitation among adolescents: a conjoint analysis

J Veitch, J Salmon, B Deforche, A Ghekiere, J Van Cauwenberg, S Bangay, A Timperio

(2017), Vol. 161, pp. 52-58, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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What predicts children's active transport and independent mobility in disadvantaged neighborhoods?

J Veitch, A Carver, J Salmon, G Abbott, K Ball, D Crawford, V Cleland, A Timperio

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 103-109, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Is the association between park proximity and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults moderated by park quality and neighborhood conditions?

J Van Cauwenberg, E Cerin, A Timperio, J Salmon, B Deforche, J Veitch

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-11, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Study protocol for a natural experiment in a lower socioeconomic area to examine the health-related effects of refurbishment to parks including built-shade (ShadePlus)

S Dobbinson, J Veitch, J Salmon, M Wakefield, P Staiger, R MacInnis, J Simmons

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-11, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

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Daily weather and children's physical activity patterns

T Remmers, C Thijs, A Timperio, J Salmon, J Veitch, S Kremers, N Ridgers

(2017), Vol. 49, pp. 922-929, Medicine and science in sports and exercise, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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Perceived health benefits and willingness to pay for parks by park users: quantitative and qualitative research

C Henderson-Wilson, K-L Sia, J Veitch, P Staiger, P Davidson, P Nicholls

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-18, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Who goes to metropolitan parks? A latent class analysis approach to understanding park visitation

J Veitch, W Wang, J Salmon, A Carver, B Giles-Corti, A Timperio

(2017), pp. 1-13, Leisure sciences, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2016

Does parental accompaniment when walking or cycling moderate the association between physical neighbourhood environment and active transport among 10-12 year olds?

A Ghekiere, A Carver, J Veitch, J Salmon, B Deforche, A Timperio

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 149-153, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The correlates of after-school sedentary behavior among children aged 5-18 years: a systematic review

L Arundell, E Fletcher, J Salmon, J Veitch, T Hinkley

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-10, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

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Park availability and physical activity, TV time, and overweight and obesity among women: findings from Australia and the United States

J Veitch, G Abbott, A Kaczynski, S Wilhelm Stanis, G Besenyi, K Lamb

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 96-102, Health and place, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Objectively measured sedentary behaviour and health and development in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis

D Cliff, K Hesketh, S Vella, T Hinkley, M Tsiros, N Ridgers, A Carver, J Veitch, A-M Parrish, L Hardy, R Plotnikoff, A Okely, J Salmon, D Lubans

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 330-344, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Social and physical environmental factors influencing adolescents' physical activity in urban public open spaces: a qualitative study using walk-along interviews.

L Van Hecke, B Deforche, D Van Dyck, I De Bourdeaudhuij, J Veitch, J Van Cauwenberg

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-24, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Adolescents' ratings of features of parks that encourage park visitation and physical activity

J Veitch, J Salmon, K Parker, S Bangay, B Deforche, A Timperio

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

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A systematic review of the prevalence of sedentary behavior during the after-school period among children aged 5-18 years

L Arundell, E Fletcher, J Salmon, J Veitch, T Hinkley

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-9, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

The impact of interventions to promote physical activity in urban green space: A systematic review and recommendations for future research.

R Hunter, H Christian, J Veitch, T Astell-Burt, J Hipp, J Schipperijn

(2015), Vol. 124, pp. 246-256, Social Science and Medicine, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Safety in numbers: Does perceived safety mediate associations between the neighborhood social environment and physical activity among women living in disadvantaged neighborhoods?

A Timperio, J Veitch, A Carver

(2015), Vol. 74, pp. 49-54, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Park proximity, quality and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults: moderating effects of individual factors and area of residence

J Van Cauwenberg, E Cerin, A Timperio, J Salmon, B Deforche, J Veitch

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-8, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, Londno, Eng., C1

journal

How active are people in metropolitan parks? An observational study of park visitation in Australia

J Veitch, A Carver, G Abbott, B Giles-Corti, A Timperio, J Salmon

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal

Contribution of the after-school period to children's daily participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviours

L Arundell, T Hinkley, J Veitch, J Salmon

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-11, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Playability: built and social environment features that promote physical activity within children

A Timperio, J Reid, J Veitch

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 460-476, Current obesity reports, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Improving the health of Australians by applying evidence from behavioural epidemiology to urban design projects

B Beza, J Veitch, F Hanson

(2015), pp. 1-18, Urban Design 2015: Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects : Proceedings of the 8th International Urban Design Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1

conference
2014

Are independent mobility and territorial range associated with park visitation among youth?

J Veitch, A Carver, C Hume, D Crawford, A Timperio, K Ball, J Salmon

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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A natural experiment to examine the impact of park renewal on park-use and park-based physical activity in a disadvantaged neighbourhood: the REVAMP study methods

J Veitch, J Salmon, A Carver, A Timperio, D Crawford, E Fletcher, B Giles-Corti

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, BMC Public health, London, England, C1

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Exploring associations between parental and peer variables, personal variables and physical activity among adolescents: a mediation analysis

M Verloigne, J Veitch, A Carver, J Salmon, G Cardon, I De Bourdeaudhuij, A Timperio

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-11, BMC Public Health, London, England, C1

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Active transport, independent mobility and territorial range among children residing in disadvantaged areas

A Carver, J Veitch, S Sahlqvist, D Crawford, C Hume

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 267-273, Journal of transport and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2013

Do features of public open spaces vary between urban and rural areas?

J Veitch, J Salmon, K Ball, D Crawford, A Timperio

(2013), Vol. 56, pp. 107-111, Preventive medicine, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1

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What helps children to be more active and less sedentary? Perceptions of mothers living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

J Veitch, C Hume, J Salmon, D Crawford, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 39, pp. 94-102, Child : care, health and development, Chichester, England, C1

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5-year changes in afterschool physical activity and sedentary behavior

L Arundell, N Ridgers, J Veitch, J Salmon, T Hinkley, A Timperio

(2013), Vol. 44, pp. 605-611, American journal of preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Children's perceptions of the factors helping them to be resilient to sedentary lifestyles

J Veitch, L Arundell, C Hume, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 28, pp. 692-703, Health education research, Cary, N.C., C1

journal

Standardising the after-school period for children's physical activity and sedentary behaviour

L Arundell, J Salmon, J Veitch, E O'Connell, T Hinkley, C Hume

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 65-67, Health promotion journal of Australia, Camperdown, N.S.W., C1

journal

Neighborhood perceptions moderate the association between the family environment and children's objectively assessed physical activity

S D'Haese, A Timperio, J Veitch, G Cardon, D Van Dyck, J Salmon

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 203-209, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Are associations between the perceived home and neighbourhood environment and children?s physical activity and sedentary behaviour moderated by urban/rural location?

J Salmon, J Veitch, G Abbott, M ChinAPaw, J Brug, S teVelde, V Cleland, C Hume, D Crawford, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 44-53, Health & Place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Environmental perceptions as mediators of the relationship between the objective built environment and walking among socioeconomically disadvantaged women

D Van Dyck, J Veitch, I De Bourdeaudhuij, L Thornton, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, UK, C1

journal

Is park visitation associated with leisure-time and transportation physical activity?

J Veitch, K Ball, D Crawford, G Abbott, J Salmon

(2013), Vol. 57, pp. 732-734, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2012

Socio-demographic characteristics of children experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage who meet physical activity and screen-time recommendations : the READI study

C Hume, J Salmon, J Veitch, E O'Connell, D Crawford, K Ball

(2012), Vol. 54, pp. 61-64, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Park improvements and park activity : a natural experiment

J Veitch, K Ball, D Crawford, G Abbott, J Salmon

(2012), Vol. 42, pp. 616-619, American journal of preventive medicine, New York, N.Y., C1

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The neighborhood social environment and body mass index among youth : a mediation analysis

J Veitch, M van Stralen, M Chinapaw, S te Velde, D Crawford, J Salmon, A Timperio

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 1-9, The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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2011

Reduction in sugar-sweetened beverages is not associated with more water or diet drinks

J Veitch, A Singh, M van Stralen, W Van Mechelen, J Brug, M ChinAPaw

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 1388-1393, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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Physical activity, sedentary behavior, and depressive symptoms among adolescents

C Hume, A Timperio, J Veitch, J Salmon, D Crawford, K Ball

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 152-156, Journal of physical activity and heatlh, Champaign, Ill., C1

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What helps children eat well? A qualitative exploration of resilience among disadvantaged families

L Williams, J Veitch, K Ball

(2011), Vol. 26, pp. 296-307, Health education research, Cary, N.C., C1

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Is the neighbourhood environment associated with sedentary behaviour outside of school hours among children?

J Veitch, A Timperio, D Crawford, G Abbott, B Giles-Corti, J Salmon

(2011), Vol. 41, pp. 333-341, Annals of behavioral medicine, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2010

Individual, social and physical environmental correlates of children's active free-play : a cross-sectional study

J Veitch, J Salmon, K Ball

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Dog ownership, dog walking and children's and parents' physical activity

J Salmon, A Timperio, B Chu, J Veitch

(2010), Vol. 81, pp. 264-271, Research quarterly for exercise and sport, [Washington, D.C.], C1

journal
2009

The validity and reliability of an instrument to assess children's outdoor play in various locations

J Veitch, J Salmon, K Ball

(2009), Vol. 12, pp. 579-582, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Belconnen, A.C.T., C1

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2008

Children's active free play in local neighborhoods : a behavioral mapping study

J Veitch, J Salmon, K Ball

(2008), Vol. 23, pp. 870-879, Health education research : theory and practice, Cary, N.C., C1

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2007

Children's perceptions of the use of public open spaces for active free-play

J Veitch, J Salmon, K Ball

(2007), Vol. 5, pp. 409-422, Children's geographies, London, England, C1

journal
2006

Where do children usually play? A qualitative study of parents' perceptions of influences on children's active free-play

J Veitch, S Bagley, K Ball, J Salmon

(2006), Vol. 12, pp. 383-393, Health & place, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2000

A university campus physical activity program

E Leslie, M Fotheringham, J Veitch, N Owen

(2000), Vol. 10, pp. 51-54, Health promotion journal of Australia, Camperdown, N. S. W., C1-1

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1999

Physical inactivity and other health risks among Australian males in less-skilled occupations

J Veitch, J Salmon, O Clavisi, N Owen

(1999), Vol. 41, pp. 794-798, Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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Physical activity initiatives for male factory workers : gatekeepers' perceptions of potential motivators and barriers

J Veitch, O Clavisi, N Owen

(1999), Vol. 23, pp. 505-510, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

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1997

Physical activity promotion for male factory workers : a realistic option?

J Veitch, N Owen, J Burns, J Sallis

(1997), Vol. 7, pp. 169-174, Health promotion journal of Australia, Camperdown, N. S. W., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

The impact of park renewal on park usage and park-based physical activity

Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof David Crawford, Prof Billie Giles-Corti, Dr Alison Carver, Dr Clare Hume, Ms Keren Best

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2015: $28,402
  • 2014: $69,402
  • 2013: $70,349
  • 2012: $28,955

The neighbourhood physical environment and physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children and adults

Dr Jenny Veitch

NHMRC ECF - Early Career Fellowship

  • 2017: $53,311
  • 2016: $63,753
  • 2015: $76,490
  • 2014: $61,886
  • 2013: $55,842

Parks: harnessing a public space for active living and social connectedness

Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Benedicte Deforche, Ms Keren Best

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $84,108

Other Public Sector Funding

The impact of park renewal on park usage and park-based physical activity

Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof David Crawford, Prof Billie Giles-Corti, Dr Alison Carver, Dr Clare Hume, Ms Keren Best

  • 2015: $25,000
  • 2014: $25,000
  • 2013: $55,000

To undertake a 'natural experiment' to observe changes that occur in a population before and after the park environment has been altered at Brimbank and a Control park, in low socio-economic western

Dr Jenny Veitch

  • 2012: $30,000

Walk to School 2015 - Research and evaluation

Dr Shannon Sahlqvist, Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Anna Timperio, Dr Jan Garrard, Prof Jo Salmon

  • 2016: $25,000
  • 2015: $54,100

Walk to School 2016 - Research and evaluation

Dr Shannon Sahlqvist, Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof Jo Salmon

  • 2017: $37,000
  • 2016: $82,000

Industry and Other Funding

Scholarship PP 05M 2341 An investigation of the influences on children's active free-play

Prof Jo Salmon, Dr Jenny Veitch

  • 2007: $23,427
  • 2006: $22,969

Develop an environment section of the global physical activity toolkit

Prof Jo Salmon, Prof Anna Timperio, Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Shannon Sahlqvist

  • 2016: $14,850

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2016

Lauren Elizabeth Arundell

Thesis entitled: The after-school period: a critical window for children¿s health behaviours

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences