Staff profile

Ms Catherine Keating

Position: Senior Research Fellow - Health Economics
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: Deakin Population Health SRC
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517108 +61 3 92517108



Catherine is a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, where she co-leads the economics of obesity group.

Catherine's research is primarily focussed on the economics and epidemiology of obesity. Catherine's research includes cost-effectiveness analyses of obesity prevention and treatment interventions, obesity (and related diseases) healthcare use and cost studies, obesity health outcomes and quality of life studies and assessment of epidemiological trends in obesity including socioeconomic differences.

Catherine has published her research in leading peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, Diabetes Care, Inter. J Obesity, The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology and JAMA Surgery.

Catherine's career highlights include the publication of the first-ever trial-based cost-effectiveness analyses of surgically-induced weight loss as a treatment for obese subjects with type 2 diabetes. She has also collaborated with the prestigious Swedish Obese Subjects study to publish a study on the observed healthcare in obese subjects use after bariatric surgery or conventional therapy over 20 years.


  • Master of Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2007


Research grants

• Preventing weight gain in young to mid age women living in rural communities: cluster RCT. NHMRC APP1025249

• Evaluation of cancer survivor lifestyle program. Funding: Alfred Hospital

• Economic appraisal of Swedish Obese Subjects Study.Funding: Deakin & Gothenburg (Sweden) Universities

• Cost-effectiveness of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevention. Funding: Monash University 

• Socioeconomic differences in the prevalence and treatment of severe obesity. Funding: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute




Keating C, Backholder, Peeters A. Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980—2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (correspondence). Accepted, The Lancet, 18 November 2014. 

Keating C, Backholer K, Stevenson C, Moodie M and Peeters A. Differences in the Rate of Bariatric Surgery across Socio-economic Groups. Accepted JAMA Surgery, 29 September 2014. 

Lombard C, Harrison C, Kozica S, Zoungas S, Keating C, et al. (2014) Effectiveness and implementation of an obesity prevention intervention: the HeLP-her Rural cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health 14: 608. 

Keating C, Peeters A, Neovius M. Bariatric surgery. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2014;2(6):448-9.

Chung A, Backholer K, Wong E, Palermo C, Keating C, Peeters A. Trends in child and adolescent obesity prevalence according to socioeconomic position: protocol for a systematic review. Systematic reviews. 2014;3:52.

Keating CL and Anathanpathan J. Revisional Surgery after Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding in a National Australian Cohort, JAMA Surgery. accepted 13 December 2013. 

Keating CL, Peeters A, Swinburn BA, Carter R, Moodie ML. Pharmaceutical utilisation and costs before and after bariatric surgery. Int J Obes (Lond). Mar 5 2013. 

Keating CL. The impact of age and sex on person-level Medicare costs. Med J Aust. Feb 18 2013;198(3):138. 

Flego A, Herbert J, Gibbs L, Swinburn B, Keating C, Waters E, et al. Methods for the evaluation of the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food program, Australia. BMC public health. 2013;13:411. 

Moodie ML, Herbert JK, de Silva-Sanigorski AM, Mavoa HM, Keating CL, Carter RC, et al. The cost-effectiveness of a successful community-based obesity prevention program: the be active eat well program. Obesity. 2013;21(10):2072-80. 

Moodie M, Sheppard L, Sacks G, Keating C, Flego A. Cost-Effectiveness of Fiscal Policies to Prevent Obesity. Curr Obes Rep. 2013;2:211-24.

Keating CL, Moodie ML, Bulfone L, Swinburn BA, Stevenson CE, Peeters A. Healthcare Utilization and Costs in Severely Obese Subjects Before Bariatric Surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). May 4 2012. Impact factor 3.9

Neovius M, Narbro K, Keating C, et al. Health care use during 20 years following bariatric surgery. JAMA. Sep 19 2012;308(11):1132-1141. Impact factor 30.0

Keating CL, Peeters A, Swinburn BA, Magliano DJ, Moodie ML. Utility-Based Quality of Life Associated With Overweight and Obesity: The Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). Jun 15 2012. 

Keating CL, Moodie ML, Richardson J, Swinburn BA. Utility-based quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents. Value Health. Jul-Aug 2011;14(5):752-758. 

Keating CL, Moodie ML, Swinburn BA. The health-related quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents - a study measuring body mass index and adolescent-reported perceptions. Int J Pediatr Obes. Oct 2011;6(5-6):434-441. 

Keating CL, Dixon JB, Moodie ML, et al. Cost-effectiveness of surgically induced weight loss for the management of type 2 diabetes: modeled lifetime analysis. Diabetes Care. Apr 2009;32(4):567-574. 

Keating CL, Dixon JB, Moodie ML, Peeters A, Playfair J, O'Brien PE. Cost-efficacy of surgically induced weight loss for the management of type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care. Apr 2009;32(4):580-584. 

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