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Associate Professor Moodie is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head of Deakin Health Economics. She leads a research team focused on the economics of obesity which covers work in three broad areas, namely the measurement of the economic impacts of obesity; the economic evaluation of single interventions targeting obesity prevention; and thirdly, the evaluation of multiple interventions to inform priority setting and the development of obesity prevention strategies.
Associate Professor Moodie is responsible for the economic studies within the four country OPIC (Obesity Prevention in Communities) project, the Be Active Eat Well follow-up project, the statewide Kids Go For Your Life! Project and Transform Us! a school-based initiative to reduce sedentary activity. In terms of priority-setting work, Associate Professor Moodies involvement in the Department of Human Service-funded Assessing Cost-Effectiveness in Obesity (ACE-Obesity) project has been pivotal to her current role as Research Manager on the ACE-Obesity America pilot project (with School of Public Health, Harvard University) and on a pending grant for a similar study for England in collaboration with Oxford University.
She is a member of the Deakin team awarded a 5-year NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Obesity. Associate Professor Moodie is also responsible for the economic evaluation component of a number of other NHMRC grants in other disease areas, including cystic fibrosis, stroke, smoking cessation, sleep apnea and disability.
Associate Professor Moodie supervises a number of PhD students, and teaches in the Obesity Prevention short course each year.
Associate Professor Moodies research interests are particularly focused on the economics of obesity. She has a particular interest on the cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting childhood and adolescent obesity, and much of her work is in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention. Her current work includes the management of economic evaluations for the following projects:
Obesity Prevention in Communities project
Be Active Eat Well follow-up project
Lap-banding for the resolution of sleep apnoea
Kids Go For Your Life project
ACE-Obesity America pilot project (with Harvard University)
Associate Professor Moodie is also currently involved in economic evaluations for:
Flexible bronchoscopy for children and infants with cystic fibrosis;
Very early rehabilitation following stroke;
Interactive automotive programs for smoking cessation;
Gastric laparoscopic banding as an intervention for obstructive sleep apnea;
Provision of aids and equipment for persons with a disability.
She also has an interest in the measurement of quality of life in children and adolescents, and was responsible for the recalibration of the AQoL for use with adolescents in four countries.
International Health Economics Association
International Obesity Society
In her previous position at The University of Melbourne, Associate Professor Moodie was a member of the Higher Degrees Research Committee, and was actively involved in the coordination of the Doctorate of Public Health program.
2009-2010 conferences only
Moodie M, Lal A, Swinburn B. Health care costs of obesity in New Zealand. !CO Pre Congress Meeting, Sociocultural, Behavioural and Economic Factors in Obesity Prevention, 10 July, Stockholm.
Moodie M, Keating C, Mavoa H, Fotu K, Waqa G, Faeamani G, Swinburn B. The impact of obesity on the quality of life of adolescents in different ethnic groups. 11th International Congress on Obesity, 11-15 July 2010, Stockholm, Obesity Reviews 2010:11 (Suppl 1), Abstract T4:PO.404.
Moodie M, Herbert J, Keating C, Sanigorski A, Swinburn B. Cost-effectiveness of an Australian community-wide obesity prevention program. 11th International Congress on Obesity, 11-15 July 2010, Stockholm, Obesity Reviews 2010:11 (Suppl 1), Abstract T5:PO.17.
Marj Moodie; Jeff Richardson; Angelo Iezzi; Boyd Swinburn; Kompal Sinha. Country-specific recalibration of the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL-6D) instrument for use with adolescents. Europ Health Eco, Helsinki, 7-10 July 2010
Moodie M, Carter R, Swinburn B. Cost-effectiveness of active transport to school programs as childhood obesity prevention measures. International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 2010 Annual conference, Minneapolis, June 2010
Moodie M, Carter R, Magnus A, Swinburn B, Haby M. Identifying priorities for obesity prevention. 17th European Congress on Obesity, Amsterdam, 6-9 May 2009. Obesity Facts. The European Journal of Obesity 2009, 2(S2):7.
Moodie M, Keating C, Waqa G, Faeamani G, Taufa I, Swinburn B. Does obesity affect the quality of life of adolescents? 17th European Congress on Obesity, Amsterdam 6-9 May 2009, Obesity Facts. The European Journal of Obesity 2009, 2(S2):84.
Moodie M, Richardson J, Rankin B, Iezzi A, Sinha Country-specific recalibration of the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL-2) instrument for use with adolescents. Workshop on QALYs for youth. 7th World Congress on Health Economics, Beijing, China 12-15 July 2009
Moodie M, Keating C, Waqa G, Faemani G, Taufa I, Swinburn B. The relationship between adolescent obesity and quality of life. Poster. 7th World Congress on Health Economics, Beijing, China 12-15 July 2009