Prof. Boyd Swinburn
Alfred Deakin Professor
School of Health & Social Development
+61 3 522 78361
Role and profile
Professor Swinburn leads a research program in the area of obesity prevention, especially in childhood and adolescence. He oversees several community-based obesity prevention projects, mainly in the Barwon-South West region of Victoria as well as contributing to a number of other state, national and international projects in the area. He established the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and Related Research and Training and has input into global strategies on obesity issues through WHO and the International Obesity TaskForce. He teaches a postgraduate unit and a professional development course on Obesity Prevention.
Unit Chair HSN734 Obesity Prevention
Supervises 5 Doctorate students
Professor Swinburn’s research is driven by the need to find solutions to the obesity epidemic, particularly as it affects children and adolescents. One major thrust of his work has been to establish whole-of-community obesity prevention projects which are developed with sustainability in mind and are thoroughly evaluated. He is a Principal Investigator in the following community projects:
1. ‘Be Active Eat Well’ in Colac, Victoria (target age group 2-12 years)
2. ‘Romp & Chomp’ in Geelong, Victoria (target age group 0-5 years)
3. ‘It’s Your Move!’ in East Geelong/Bellarine, Victoria (target age group 12-18 years)
4. ‘Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities’ in Nasinu, Fiji (target age group 12-18 years)
5. ‘Ma’alahi Youth’ in Tongatapu, Tonga(target age group 12-18 years)
6. ‘Living for Life’ in Mangere, South Auckland (target age group 12-18 years)
7. ‘Fun ‘n’ Healthy in Moreland’, Melbourne (target age group 5-12 years)
Projects 1-3 form the Sentinel Site for Obesity Prevention in the Barwon-SW region of Victoria. Projects 3-6 form the Pacific OPIC Project (Obesity Prevention in Communities).
He also has research interests in the socio-cultural determinants of obesity, the health economics of obesity interventions, policy issues related to obesity and the definitions of obesity.
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