Dr Kathryn Backholer

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Kathryn is a Senior Research Fellow and Epidemiologist within the Global Obeisty Centre (GLOBE), a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. She leads a team of staff and students examining the impact of population nutriton policies on population health and health equity. Kathryn is co-convenor for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group and member of the Department of Health and Human Services Achievement Program Evaluation and Research Advisory Group. She contributes to capacity building work for the WHO and is a a member of the Western Pacific Regional Network for the implementation of the WHO’s Ending Childhood Obesity plan.

Kathryn is lead educator for Epidemiology within the Master of Public Health at the Institute of Koorie Education.

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Career highlights

2014 Collaboration and Exchange Award from the National Heart Foundation

2013 Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society Young Investigator Award

2012-2017 National Heart Foundation Early Career Researcher Fellowship

Affiliations

Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash Univeristy

Units taught

Epidemiology for the Institute of Koorie Education

Knowledge areas

Food Policy

Health inequalities

Obesity Prevention

Real-world policy evaluation

Epidemiology

Media appearances

Kathryn regularly engages with the media in relation to her research, including features in the New York Times, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC Background Briefing, among others

Projects

Key projects include:

Building a national database for the price of all foods and beverages sold at the major Australian supermarkets to track the price and affordability of foods and diets

Retailer-led pricing interventions to promote healthy choices

Evaluating the health equity impact of food and obesity policies

Publications

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2018

Contribution of discretionary food and drink consumption to socio-economic inequalities in children's weight: prospective study of Australian children

Alexandra Chung, Anna Peeters, Emma Gearon, Kathryn Backholer

(2018), Vol. 47, pp. 820-828, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Uptake of the Victorian Government school and early childhood service health promotion framework in the City of Greater Geelong according to area-level socioeconomic position

Ruby Brooks, Kathryn Backholer, Alexandra Chung, Claire Palermo, Chad Foulkes, Carly Monaghan, Anna Peeters

(2018), pp. 1-5, Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1

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The effect of sugar-sweetened beverage price increases and educational messages on beverage purchasing behavior among adults

Miranda Blake, Emily Lancsar, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer

(2018), Vol. 126, pp. 156-162, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Diet and physical activity as possible mediators of the association between educational attainment and body mass index gain among Australian adults

Emma Gearon, Anna Peeters, Winda Ng, Allison Hodge, Kathryn Backholer

(2018), Vol. 63, pp. 883-893, International journal of public health, Berlin, Germany, C1

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The potential cost-effectiveness and equity impacts of restricting television advertising of unhealthy food and beverages to Australian children

Vicki Brown, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Lennert Veerman, Gary Sacks, Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer, Marjory Moodie

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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The effect of sugar-sweetened beverage front-of-pack labels on drink selection, health knowledge and awareness: an online randomised controlled trial

Natassja Billich, Miranda Blake, Kathryn Backholer, Megan Cobcroft, Vincy Li, Anna Peeters

(2018), Vol. 128, pp. 233-241, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Implementing healthy food policies in health services: a qualitative study

Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Miranda Blake, Kathryn Backholer, Janitha Hettiarachchi, Claire Palermo, Anna Peeters

(2018), pp. 1-8, Nutrition and dietetics, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Factors perceived to influence healthy eating: a systematic review and meta-ethnographic synthesis of the literature

Christina Zorbas, Claire Palermo, Alexandra Chung, Isabel Iguacel, Anna Peeters, Rebecca Bennett, Kathryn Backholer

(2018), Vol. 76, pp. 861-874, Nutrition reviews, Oxford, Eng., C1

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2017

Sex differences in the relationship between socioeconomic status and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

K Backholer, S Peters, S Bots, A Peeters, R Huxley, M Woodward

(2017), Vol. 71, pp. 550-557, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, Eng., C1

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Development of an Australian cardiovascular disease mortality risk score using multiple imputation and recalibration from national statistics

K Backholer, Y Hirakawa, A Tonkin, G Giles, D Magliano, S Colagiuri, M Harris, P Mitchell, M Nelson, J Shaw, D Simmons, L Simons, A Taylor, J Harding, B Gopinath, M Woodward

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-9, BMC cardiovasular disorders, London, Eng., C1-1

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How to influence the obesity landscape using health policies

A Peeters, K Backholer

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 835-839, International journal of obesity, London, United Kingdom, C1

journal

The effect of a change to healthy vending in a major Australian health service on sales of healthy and unhealthy food and beverages

T Boelsen-Robinson, K Backholer, K Corben, M Blake, C Palermo, A Peeters

(2017), Vol. 114, pp. 73-81, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Modelled health benefits of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax across different socioeconomic groups in Australia: a cost-effectiveness and equity analysis

A Lal, A Mantilla-Herrera, L Veerman, K Backholer, G Sacks, M Moodie, M Siahpush, R Carter, A Peeters

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-17, PLoS medicine, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Retailer-led sugar-sweetened beverage price increase reduces purchases in a hospital convenience store in Melbourne, Australia: a mixed methods evaluation

M Blake, A Peeters, E Lancsar, T Boelsen-Robinson, K Corben, C Stevenson, C Palermo, K Backholer

(2017), Vol. 118, pp. 1027-1036.e8, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2016

The association between socio-economic position and diet quality in Australian adults

K Backholer, E Spencer, E Gearon, D Magliano, S McNaughton, J Shaw, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 477-485, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Prevalence of disability in Australian elderly: impact of trends in obesity and diabetes

E Wong, M Woodward, C Stevenson, K Backholer, D Sarink, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 82, pp. 105-110, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Digital marketing of unhealthy foods to Australian children and adolescents

T Boelsen-Robinson, K Backholer, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 523-533, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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Trends in child and adolescent obesity prevalence in economically advanced countries according to socioeconomic position: a systematic review

A Chung, K Backholer, E Wong, C Palermo, C Keating, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 276-295, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1

journal

The impact of menu energy labelling across socioeconomic groups: a systematic review

D Sarink, A Peeters, R Freak-Poli, A Beauchamp, J Woods, K Ball, K Backholer

(2016), Vol. 99, pp. 59-75, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Estimating the proportion of metabolic health outcomes attributable to obesity: a cross-sectional exploration of body mass index and waist circumference combinations

S Tanamas, V Permatahati, W Ng, K Backholer, R Wolfe, J Shaw, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 1-8, BMC obesity, London, Eng., C1-1

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Quantifying the proportion of deaths due to body mass index- and waist circumference-defined obesity

S Tanamas, W Ng, K Backholer, A Hodge, P Zimmet, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 735-742, Obesity, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Socioeconomic position and premature mortality in the AusDiab cohort of Australian adults

H Bihan, K Backholer, A Peeters, C Stevenson, J Shaw, D Magliano

(2016), Vol. 106, pp. 470-477, American journal of public health, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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The impact of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages according to socio-economic position: a systematic review of the evidence

K Backholer, D Sarink, A Beauchamp, C Keating, V Loh, K Ball, J Martin, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 3070-3084, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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Age of onset of obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes

S Tanamas, E Wong, K Backholer, A Abdullah, R Wolfe, J Barendregt, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 40, pp. 579-581, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2015

Predicting the risk of physical disability in old age using modifiable mid-life risk factors

E Wong, C Stevenson, K Backholer, M Woodward, J Shaw, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 70-76, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, Eng., C1

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Differences in the rates of treatment of severe obesity using Bariatric surgery across socioeconomic groups

C Keating, K Backholer, M Moodie, C Stevenson, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 150, pp. 367-368, JAMA Surgery, Chicago, III., C1

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The role of obesity duration on the association between obesity and risk of physical disability

E Wong, S Tanamas, R Wolfe, K Backholer, C Stevenson, A Abdullah, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 443-447, Obesity, London, Eng., C1

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Prevalence of class-I, class-II and class-III obesity in Australian adults between 1995 and 2011-12

C Keating, K Backholer, E Gearon, C Stevenson, B Swinburn, M Moodie, R Carter, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 553-562, Obesity research & clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Trends in body mass index according to educational attainment for urban Australian adults between 1980 and 2007

E Gearon, K Backholer, C Stevenson, D Magliano, C Keating, K Ball, A Beauchamp, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 1019-1026, International journal of obesity, London, Eng., C1

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A systematic review of the effectiveness of whole-of-community interventions by socioeconomic position

T Boelsen-Robinson, A Peeters, A Beauchamp, A Chung, E Gearon, K Backholer

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 806-816, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

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Duration of obesity and incident hypertension in adults from the Framingham Heart Study

S Tanamas, E Wong, K Backholer, A Abdullah, R Wolfe, J Barendregt, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 33, pp. 542-545, Journal of hypertension, London, Eng., C1-1

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Trends in the skewness of the body mass index distribution among urban Australian adults, 1980 to 2007

A Peeters, E Gearon, K Backholer, B Carstensen

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 26-33, Annals of epidemiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Age-specific changes in BMI and BMI distribution among Australian adults using cross-sectional surveys from 1980 to 2008

A Hayes, E Gearon, K Backholer, A Bauman, A Peeters

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 1209-1216, International journal of obesity, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2014

The effect of obesity prevention interventions according to socioeconomic position: a systematic review

A Beauchamp, K Backholer, D Magliano, A Peeters

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 541-554, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1

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Psychosocial stress is positively associated with body mass index gain over 5 years : evidence from the longitudinal AusDiab study

J Harding, K Backholer, E Williams, A Peeters, A Cameron, M Hare, J Shaw, D Magliano

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 277-286, Obesity, Hoboken, NJ, C1

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A framework for evaluating the impact of obesity prevention strategies on socioeconomic inequalities in weight.

K Backholer, A Beauchamp, K Ball, G Turrell, J Martin, J Woods, A Peeters

(2014), Vol. 104, pp. 43-50, American Journal of Public Health, Washington, D.C., C1

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Explaining educational disparities in adiposity: the role of neighborhood environments.

G Abbott, K Backholer, A Peeters, L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 2413-2419, Obesity (Silver Spring), Hoboken N. J., C1

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Trends in child and adolescent obesity prevalence according to socioeconomic position: protocol for a systematic review

A Chung, K Backholer, E Wong, C Palermo, C Keating, A Peeters

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 1-4, Systematic reviews, London, Eng., C1-1

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Twelve-year weight change, waist circumference change and incident obesity: the Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study

S Tanamas, J Shaw, K Backholer, D Magliano, A Peeters

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 1538-1545, Obesity, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Changes in the rates of weight and waist circumference gain in Australian adults over time: a longitudinal cohort study

A Peeters, D Magliano, K Backholer, P Zimmet, J Shaw

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 1-8, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1-1

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2013

Diabetes and risk of physical disability in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

E Wong, K Backholer, E Gearon, J Harding, R Freak-Poli, C Stevenson, A Peeters

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 106-114, The Lancet Diabetes and Endochrinology, Amsterdam, Nertherlands, C1

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The effect of educational status on the relationship between obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes

I Madjid, K Backholer, E Williams, D Magliano, J Shaw, A Peeters

(2013), Vol. 7, pp. 20-20, AOCO 2013 : Proceedings of the 7th Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity 2013, Bandung, Indonesia, E1-1

conference

Diabetes prevention and treatment strategies: are we doing enough?

K Backholer, A Peeters, W Herman, J Shaw, D Liew, Z Ademi, D Magliano

(2013), Vol. 36, pp. 2714-2719, Diabetes care, Alexandria, Va., C1-1

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The mediating role of dietary factors and leisure time physical activity on socioeconomic inequalities in body mass index among Australian adults

E Gearon, K Backholer, A Hodge, A Peeters

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-16, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1-1

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Changes in health-related quality of life amongst participants in a four month pedometer-based workplace health program

J Harding, R Freak-Poli, K Backholer, A Peeters

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 533-543, Journal of physical activity and health, Champaign, Ill., C1-1

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2012

Projected socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence of obesity among Australian adults

K Backholer, H Mannan, D Magliano, H Walls, C Stevenson, A Beauchamp, J Shaw, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 557-563, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

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Projected progression of the prevalence of obesity in Australia

H Walls, D Magliano, C Stevenson, K Backholer, H Mannan, J Shaw, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 872-878, Obesity, United States, C1-1

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The relationship between body mass index prior to old age and disability in old age

K Backholer, K Pasupathi, E Wong, A Hodge, C Stevenson, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 1180-1186, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

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Adiposity measures as predictors of long-term physical disability

E Wong, C Stevenson, K Backholer, H Mannan, K Pasupathi, A Hodge, R Freak-Poli, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 22, pp. 710-716, Annals of epidemiology, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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A systematic review and meta-analysis of diabetes and risk of physical disability and functional impairment - protocol

E Wong, K Backholer, J Harding, E Gearon, C Stevenson, R Freak-Poli, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 1-4, Systematic Reviews, London, UK, C1-1

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Increasing body weight and risk of limitations in activities of daily living: a systematic review and meta-analysis

K Backholer, E Wong, R Freak-Poli, H Walls, A Peeters

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 456-468, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1-1

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A systematic review of the impact of weight loss on cancer incidence and mortality

S Birks, A Peeters, K Backholer, P O'Brien, W Brown

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 868-891, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1-1

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Obesity and trends in life expectancy

H Walls, K Backholer, J Proietto, J McNeil

(2012), Vol. 2012, pp. 1-4, Journal of obesity, Cairo, Egypt, C1-1

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2011

Age-specific trends in cardiovascular mortality rates in Australia between 1980 and 2005

K Backholer, C Stevenson, W Nusselder, E Boyko, L Moon, A Tonkin, A Peeters

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 33-37, Australasian epidemiologist, Parkville, Vic., C1-1

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Participant characteristics associated with greater reductions in waist circumference during a four-month, pedometer-based, workplace health program

R Freak-Poli, R Wolfe, H Walls, K Backholer, A Peeters

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-18, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1-1

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Impact of a pedometer-based workplace health program on cardiovascular and diabetes risk profile

R Freak-Poli, R Wolfe, K Backholer, M de Courten, A Peeters

(2011), Vol. 53, pp. 162-171, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2010

Setting population targets for measuring successful obesity prevention

K Backholer, H Walls, D Magliano, A Peeters

(2010), Vol. 100, pp. 2033-2037, American journal of public health, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Melanocortins mimic the effects of leptin to restore reproductive function in lean hypogonadotropic ewes

K Backholer, M Bowden, K Gamber, C Bjørbaek, J Iqbal, I Clarke

(2010), Vol. 91, pp. 27-40, Neuroendocrinology, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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Kisspeptin cells in the ewe brain respond to leptin and communicate with neuropeptide Y and proopiomelanocortin cells

K Backholer, J Smith, A Rao, A Pereira, J Iqbal, S Ogawa, Q Li, I Clarke

(2010), Vol. 151, pp. 2233-2243, Endocrinology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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2005

Y2 receptor-selective agonist delays the estrogen-induced luteinizing hormone surge in ovariectomized ewes, but y1-receptor-selective agonist stimulates voluntary food intake

I Clarke, K Backholer, A Tilbrook

(2005), Vol. 146, pp. 769-775, Endocrinology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improving the detection of disadvantaged Australians at high risk of cardiovascular disease

Dr Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters

NHF Fellowship - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2016: $500
  • 2015: $62,664

Trends in discretionary food and drink sales in Australia, 2014-2017

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Kathryn Backholer, Dr Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2017: $75,000

Development of a national food and beverage price monitoring system (Price Tracker)

Dr Kathryn Backholer, Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Iman Avazpour, Dr Jason Wu, Prof Anna Peeters

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2018: $74,252

Other Public Sector Funding

PRomoting Incentives for healthy food Choices with retailer-led Economic interventions (PRICE study)

Dr Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Liliana Orellana, Ms Claire Palermo

  • 2018: $90,000
  • 2017: $80,692

Achievement program workplaces equity analysis

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Tony LaMontagne, Dr Kathryn Backholer, Miss Emma Gearon

  • 2018: $11,543

Industry and Other Funding

Equity analysis of the Achievement Program

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Kathryn Backholer, Ms Beth Gilham

  • 2017: $32,266
  • 2016: $32,266

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report