Staff profile - Colin Bell

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Aprof Colin Bell

Position: Associate Professor in Public Health
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Medicine
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52278043 +61 3 52278043



Colin Bell is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Deakin Universities School of Medicine and Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

A/Prof Bell obtained a PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and has an MSc and BSc(hons) in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed post-doctoral studies on the China Health and Nutrition Survey at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Colin is recognized for his expertise in obesity and chronic disease prevention and has worked on a number of successful population and community-based programs in Australia and New Zealand over the last 20 years.

Prior to his appointment at Deakin, A/Prof Bell was a Technical Officer (Noncommunicable Diseases) with the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization based in Suva, Fiji and Manila, Philippines. In this role he provided support to 22 Pacific Countries and Area’s on NCD prevention and control. A major achievement during this time was coordination of the 2010 Pacific Food Summit in Vanuatu. Colin was also Director of ‘Good For Kids, Good For Life’ (2006-2009) – a large intervention and research program that aimed to prevent overweight and obesity in children in the Hunter New England region of NSW, Australia. He was a research fellow at Deakin University from 2001-2006 and helped establish the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

A/Prof Bell has a conjoint appointment with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network.

Biography summary

Colin Bell (BSc (hons), MSc, PhD) is the Public Health Medicine Theme Leader within the School of Medicine at Deakin University and Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. His obesity related intervention research has both national and international standing. Assoc Prof Bell’s research to date has demonstrated that multi-strategy,multi-setting approaches can successfully prevent unhealthy weight gain in adults (Samoan churches, New Zealand) and in children in preschool (Romp and Chomp, Australia), primary school (Be Active Eat Well VIC,
Good for Kids, Good for Life NSW) and high school (It’s Your Move, Australia). Assoc Prof Bell has been the recipient of more than 10 research grants from the ARC, NHMRC, Universities and government agencies.

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