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Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517268 +61 3 92517268



  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Deakin University, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2007
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009


IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies)

NCFR (National Council on Family Relations)



Teaching Interests

Family, society and health

Health and sustainability

Subjects and units currently teaching

Unit Chair: HSH105, HSH206, HSH340

Lecturer: HSH306, HSH112, HSH207 and HSH740

Knowledge areas

People-environment relationships

Health benefits of contact with nature

Urbanisation and sustainability

Family health and wellbeing

Conferences and seminars

• Journal of Youth Studies, Copenhagen March 30-1 April 2015.
• IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney 12-19 November 2014.
• International Ecohealth Conference, Montreal, Canada 11-14 August 2014.
• Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne 30 July-1 August 2014.
• National Centre on Family Relations 75th Anniversary Conference, San Antonio Texas, USA, 5-9 November, 2013.
• Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Scientific Conference, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 24 - 27 November 2013.
• Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 25-27 July 2012.
• International Federation of Home Economics, Melbourne, 16-21 July 2012.
• 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference, Geelong, 6 8, June 2012.


Awards and prizes

ARC APAI (Industry Partners) PhD scholarship holder 2003-2006

Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences Award for Excellence 2010

Health and Social Development Award for Excellence in Service 2010


Research projects

Claire is a founding member of the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group, a member of the school's Health Tean Representatives, Research and Research Training Committee and a member of the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE) all within the School of Health and Social Development. Through her role as co-ordinator of the Family, Society and Health major, Claire liaises with external partners (such as family support agencies) to enhance graduate learning outcomes and foster community partnerships. Additionally, Claire regularly peer-reviews submitted manuscripts to national and international journals.

Research interests

Housing and health

Families, environments and health

Human health benefits of contact with the natural environment

Quality of life

Research page

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