Dr Rebecca Patrick





Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Deakin University, 1995
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009


Research interests

Rebecca has three broad research interests:

  • Social health and welfare research issues including family violence and womens health, child support and welfare policy.
  • Scholarship of tertiary education including experiential learning, reflective practice and work integrated learning.
  • Health-related education for sustainability; climate change, social vulnerability and health; health promotion and environmental sustainability.



Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability

Climate Action Network Australia

Australian Health Promotion Association (VicBranch)

Health, Nature & Sustainability Research Group, Deakin University

Nature & Society Network

International Union for Health Promotion & Education


Teaching interests

Unit Chair, HSH303 Public Health - Health Promotion Practicum
Unit Chair, HSH736 Community Consultation & Participation


Patrick R, 2013, ‘Best Investments for Health when Addressing Climate Change’ sub-plenary for the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand.

Patrick R, and Capetola, T, 2012, ‘Promoting Health, Social and Environmental Justice in the context of Health Care Practice’, at the Interdisciplinary. Net Environmental Justice & Global Citizenship Conference, Oxford, England.

Patrick, R, Capetola,T & Nuttman, S, 2010 ‘Education for Health and Sustainability’, American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Patrick R, Thoms, A & Capetola, T, 2011, ‘Health Promotion and Sustainability report: creating healthy and sustainable futures launch’, Public Health Association of Australia Annual   Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Capetola, T, Patrick, R & Nuttman, S, ‘Having it all – creative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning while saving the planet’, Deakin Teaching & Learning Conference, Burwood, Australia.

Patrick R, Holland, D & Lamaro, G, ‘Engaged, Enabled and Enacting – Work Integrated Learning for Workforce Ready Graduates, Australian Health Promotion Association's Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick R, Capetola, T & Nuttman, S, 2009 ‘Greening the public health /health promotion workforce: implications for the higher education sector, Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Sydney, Australia.

Patrick R & Moore, J, 2008, ‘Transferring learnt knowledge to practice: An example from the health promotion field,’ WACE / ACEN Asia Pacific Conference, Manly, Australia

Research groups

Health, Nature and Sustainability research group


2010 Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching & Learning

2010 Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching & Learning.

2010 School of Health & Social Development Research Commendation


Patrick, Rebecca, Noy, Sue and Capetola Teresa (2011) Health Promotion and Sustainability: Towards a healthy and sustainable future, Research Report for Department of Health and Sustainability Victoria and endorsed by AHPA, PHAA, Climate & Health Alliance.

Nuttman, Sonia, Patrick, Rebecca, Capetola, Teresa, Noy, Sue and Freeman, Laura (2010) Education For Sustainability: A cross-faculty, interdisciplinary curriculum development initiative, Research & Project Report for Deakin University Strategic Teaching and Learning Grants.

Patrick, Rebecca, Capetola Teresa, Nuttman Sonia (2009) Population Health & Climate Change; Professional Development CD and workshop. Professional development program developed and implemented for Australian Health Promotion Australia (VicBranch).


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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


Global principles, regional action: guiding ecohealth practice in Oceania

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Uta C. Dietrich

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 808-812, Ecohealth, Berlin, Germany, C1


Health-related education for sustainability: public health workforce needs and the role of higher education

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Jonathan Kingsley, Ms Teresa Capetola

(2016), Vol. 32, pp. 192-205, Australian journal of environmental education, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Governance for health in the Anthropocene

Trevor Hancock, Anthony Capon, Uta C. Dietrich, Dr Rebecca Patrick

(2016), Vol. 21, pp. 245-262, International journal of health governance, Bingley, Eng., C1


Exploring Australian health promotion and environmental sustainability initiatives

Dr Rebecca Patrick

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 36-42, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., 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


Promoting health, social and environmental justice in the context of health care practice

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola

(2013), pp. 140-153, Looking within: finding an environmental justice and global citizenship lens, Oxford, England, B1-1


A participatory action research project at the nexus of health promotion and sustainability in higher education

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola, Ms Sonia Nuttman

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 67-80, Focus on health professional education: a multi-disciplinary journal, Adelaide, SA, C1-1


Incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, A/Prof Lisa Hanna

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 277-289, Ecohealth, New York, N. Y., C1-1


'Out there gain' : an education for sustainability work integrated learning case study

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola

(2011), pp. 1-27, Australasian journal of university-community engagement, Lismore, N.S.W., C1


It's here! Are we ready? Five case studies of health promotion practices that address climate change from within Victorian health care settings

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 61-67, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1


Core health promotion competencies in Australia : are they compatible with climate change action?

Dr Rebecca Patrick, James A. Smith

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 28-33, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1


Health promotion and climate change : exploring the core competencies required for action

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Ms Sonia Nuttman

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 475-485, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1


Climate change in the kitchen and on the public health agenda

Ms Teresa Capetola, Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Sonia Nuttman

(2009), pp. 16-18, Health issues, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Transferring learnt knowledge to practice : an example from the health promotion field

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Jan Moore

(2008), pp. -, WACE 2008 : Work integrated learning (WIL) : transforming futures : Proceedings of the 2008 WACE Asia Pacific Conference, Perth, Western Australia, E1


Domestic violence and the exemption from seeking child support : providing safety or legitimizing ongoing poverty and fear

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Kay Cook, Dr Hayley Mckenzie

(2008), Vol. 42, pp. 749-767, Social policy and administration : an international journal of policy and research, Oxford, U.K., C1


Multiple barriers to obtaining child support : experiences of women leaving violent partners

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Kay Cook, Prof Ann Taket

(2007), Vol. 45, pp. 21-29, Just policy : a journal of Australian social policy, Collingwood, Vic., C1



Other Public Sector Funding

Sustainability & Health Promotion: Research Paper

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola

  • 2010: $9,989

Integrated Environmental Volunteering Initiative

Mr Matthew Ebden, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Lynne McLoughlin

  • 2017: $52,917
  • 2015: $105,834

Industry and Other Funding

Increase consumption and sales by developing community awareness and benefits of vegetables (scoping study)

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

  • 2017: $63,600


No completed student supervisions to report