Epidemiology Unit

Our Epidemiology Unit works across chronic and infectious diseases to compile evidence to influence policies and practices in public health. Chronic diseases studied include obesity, cancer, diabetes and allergies. Infectious diseases include community superbugs Staph and MRSA.


Our research

We are involved in numerous collaborations on major projects and recent grants. We’re developing a disability policy model on health, lifestyle and the development of disability. It will also propose targeted interventions to reduce the limitations on functioning and wellbeing. 

We're also looking at the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and misuse of alcohol in adolescents.

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Who uses our work?

Our expertise and research findings are used by community groups, local and state governments and advocacy organisations. We have prepared numerous commissioned reports on specific topics within our areas of expertise.

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Our team and publications

Our team is led by Professor Catherine Bennett who is the Head of the School of Health and Social Development. Professor Bennett is also the Inaugural Chair of Epidemiology. 

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Our partners

We collaborate internally at Deakin on chronic disease research and have a partnership with the University of Melbourne on the epidemiology of allergies. 

Our unit brings a broad expertise in population surveys and analysis of population data that’s sought by state and federal government departments. We also collaborate internationally with Columbia University, Stanford University and others.

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Contact us

For more information about this stream of our research, please contact Professor Bennett.

Centre for Population Health Research (CPHR)
Professor Catherine Bennett
+61 3 9244 6149
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