Staff profile - Ann Taket

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Prof Ann Taket

Position: Chair in Health & Social Exclusion
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Social Development
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443798 +61 3 92443798



Public Health Association of Australia

UK Operational Research Society

American Public Health Association

International Union for Health Promotion and Education (since 2006)


Teaching Interests

Unit Chair HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights

Supervisor for 5 PhD students, on topics including:

Exploring possibilities for service user agency in diverse community service settings.

Understanding resilience during post-compulsory school years from a Bourdieuian perspective.

The importance of play in supporting resilience in early childhood.

Theorising community engagement and social inclusion in sexual health promotion.

Social inclusion and peer support programs.


Subjects and units currently teaching

HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights

Conferences and seminars

Selected invited conference presentations since 2008 Difference, diversity, respect: the role of student exchange programmes in building cultural competencies in public health. Invited closing keynote speaker, Ten-years anniversary theme day, From training and research to health promotion University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark, September 2011. Inclusive service delivery: what works? Invited plenary presentation at 'Connecting Communities' Mallee & Campaspe Social Inclusion Conference, organised by Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (PCP) together with Northern Mallee PCP and Campaspe PCP, Kerang, May 2011. Inclusive service delivery: Wesley Mission Victoria and Deakin University working in partnership. Invited plenary presentation at Barwon South West Regional conference Social Inclusion: Continuing the conversation, Geelong 13th April 2011. Invited plenary presentation 'The Health Service contribution to tackling Domestic Violent' at COSC (National Office for the Preventation of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based violence) conference Stopping Domestic Violence: What works? Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 28-30th May 2008 Invited plenary presentation 'The Health Service contribution to tackling Domestic Violent' at COSC (National Office for the Preventation of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based violence) conference Stopping Domestic Violence: What works? Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 28-30th May 2008 Invited plenary speaker 'What women want from health professionals' British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 'Domestic Abuse - 110 Years On', Tuesday 25 November 2008, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK 'Promoting women's mental health - enhancing the primary health care system's response to intimate partner violence' at From margins to mainstream: 5th World conference on the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental and behavioural disorders. Melbourne, Australia, September 2008 (with Angela Taft, Cathy Humphreys and Kelsey Hegarty)


Awards and prizes

Member of WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research (1997-2002)

First Vice-President, Federation for International Cooperation of Health Services and Systems Research Centers (FICOSSER) (1998 to 2002)

Finalist, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation awards 2014, category: Promoting health through art


Research projects

As Director of the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion, Professor Taket provides academic leadership to a multidisciplinary group of researchers working in this area. One of the features of CHASEs work is the development of engaged partnerships with a wide variety of organisations working in the health and human services sectors across Victoria in order to fulfil the CHASE vision of working collaboratively with communities, organisations and governments to promote social inclusion and to enhance the health and wellbeing of all, particularly those populations, communities and individuals who experience social exclusion.

She serves as the Deakin University representative on St Laurence Community Services Social Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Within the university she also contributes to the work of the University Academic Appeals Committee by serving as a chair to their meetings where necessary.

Professor Taket is a member of the College of Experts for the UK National Institute of Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre and serves as a member of the Expert Advisory Group on intimate partner violence and childhood sexual abuse as part of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study.

She currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board for four international peer-reviewed academic journals: Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Systemic Practice and Action Research, International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management and International Journal of Services Technology and Management

Professor Taket regularly reviews research grant applications for national and international funding bodies, and articles submitted to a wide range of academic journals.

Research interests

Professor Taket's main research interests are the complex interactions between social exclusion and health, in the design and evaluation of interventions to reduce health inequities, and prevention and intervention in domestic abuse and violence. She has expertise in action research, participatory methods, and experiential learning and a particular interest in the use of mixed methodologies, bringing together qualitative and quantitative methods around key policy questions. Common themes underlying her research in all these areas are a concern with issues of appropriateness, accessibility and equity, and with the development of methods for consumer and community participation in the shaping of health policy and priorities, in needs assessment, in service development and delivery, and in service evaluation.

Over 2012 to 2015, she is leading a major program of research into violence prevention.

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