Partnerships and collaborations

At the Epidemiology Unit our researchers collaborate nationally and internationally. With an aim to improve population health outcomes, we work with universities, hospitals, governments and industry partners around the world.


Collaborating on chronic disease

Our research collaborations extend into chronic diseases and we’re working on a diabetes intervention evaluation project with colleagues at Deakin and the epidemiology of allergies within the University of Melbourne. 

We’re also investigating the use of new technologies to address the growing costs of chronic diseases and associated risk factors.


Partnerships in population studies

Our team brings broad expertise in population surveys and analysis of population data that is sought by state and federal government departments.

Finding ways to combat infectious disease

Professor Bennett and a team from Austin Health, PathWest and Dorevitch Pathology collaborate with the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (Barwon Health and CSIRO), Columbia University in New York and Amphia Hospital in the Netherlands.

Working together for better health outcomes

In collaboration with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Stanford University in California, Associate Professor Williams led an NHMRC-funded randomised control trial of an online intervention to support overweight adolescents. 

We also have formal collaborations with the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children's Hospital and with the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) at the University of Queensland. Associate Professor Williams is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Men's Health study.

Co-authoring papers

Our current key partners have been identified under our current projects but also represented in the co-authorship of our recent papers (Deakin authors appear in bold):

  1. Knox J, Van Rijen M, Uhlemann AC, Miller M, Hafer C, Vavagiakis P, Shi Q, Johnson PD, Coombs G, Kluytmans-Van Den Bergh M, Kluytmans J, Bennett CM, Lowy FD: Community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus transmission in households of infected cases: A pooled analysis of primary data from three studies across international settings. Epidemiology and infection 2015;143:354-365.

  2. Williams JW, Canterford L, Toumbourou JW, Patton GC, Catalano RF. Social development measures associated with problem behaviors and weight status in Australian adolescents. Prevention Science Accepted January 2015

  3. Chan GCK, Kelly AB, Connor J, Hall W, Young RM, Toumbourou JW, Williams J. Regional versus urban differences in teenage alcohol use: Does parental disapproval account for these differences? Australian Journal of Rural Health Accepted January 2015

  4. Lewis AJ, Kremer P, Douglas K, Toumbourou J, Mohajer AH, Patton G, Williams J. Gender differences in adolescent depression: differential female susceptibility to stressors affecting family functioning. Aust J Psychology 2015; 67 doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12086

  5. Wong, E., Tanamas, S.K., Wolfe, R., Backholer, K., Stevenson, C., Abdullah, A., and Peeters, A., The role of obesity duration on the association between obesity and risk of physical disability. Obesity, 2015. 23: p. 443-447.

  6. Keating, C., Backholer, K., Moodie, M., Stevenson, C., and Peeters, A., Differences in the rates of treatment of severe obesity using bariatric surgery across socioeconomic groups. JAMA Surgery, 2015.

  7. Millar L, Rowland B, Nichols M, Swinburn B, Bennett C, Skouteris H, Allender S: Relationship between raised bmi and sugar sweetened beverage and high fat food consumption among children. Obesity 2014;22:E96-103.

  8. Lodge CJ, Zaloumis S, Lowe AJ, Gurrin LC, Matheson MC, Axelrad C, Bennett CM, Hill DJ, Hosking CS, Svanes C, Abramson MJ, Allen KJ, Dharmage SC: Early-life risk factors for childhood wheeze phenotypes in a high-risk birth cohort. The Journal of pediatrics 2014;164:289-294 e281-282.

  9. Lodge CJ, Lowe AJ, Allen KJ, Zaloumis S, Gurrin LC, Matheson MC, Axelrad C, Welsh L, Bennett CM, Hopper J, Thomas PS, Hill DJ, Hosking CS, Svanes C, Abramson MJ, Dharmage SC: Childhood wheeze phenotypes show less than expected growth in fev1 across adolescence. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 2014;189:1351-1358.

  10. Stephanie Tanamas, Michael Lean, Emilie Combet, Antonis Vlassopoulos, Paul Zimmet, and Anna Peeters. Changing Guards: Time to move beyond single measures to assess body compositions of populations. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, November 2015 pii: hcv201

  11. E Wong, M Woodward, C Stevenson, K Backholer, D Sarink, A Peeters. Prevalence of disability in Australian elderly: Impact of trends in obesity and diabetes. Prev Med. 2015 Nov 14;82:105-110

  12. Chimeddamba O, Anna Peeters, Darshini Ayton, Enkhjargal Tumenjargal, Sonin Sodov, Catherine Joyce. Implementation of the diabetes and hypertension guideline lifestyle recommendations in urban Mongolia: A qualitative study of primary care providers. Implementation Science, 10:112