Staff profile - Gary Sacks

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Dr Gary Sacks

Position: DECRA Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17105 +61 3 925 17105



Gary Sacks is a Senior Research Fellow at the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University. Gary’s research focuses on policies for the prevention of obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Gary was recently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) (2016-2018) to conduct research into improving food policy in Australia. His research has been included as part of The Lancet Series on Obesity in 2011 and 2015, and the ACE-Prevention study, which examined the cost-effectiveness of over 100 interventions for disease prevention in Australia. Gary has also co-authored several reports for the World Health Organization. Gary co-founded INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support), a global network of public-interest non-government organisations and researchers that aims to monitor, evaluate and support public and private sector actions to improve food environments and reduce obesity and NCDs.

Gary completed his PhD in Public Health at Deakin University in 2011. His PhD thesis investigated policies for obesity prevention, with a particular focus on the cost-effectiveness of policies for improving the food supply.

Gary has undertaken short-term research placements at the World Health Organization (Switzerland), Harvard University (USA), the University of Oxford (UK), the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services (Australia) and the International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland). Prior to entering the field of public health, Gary worked as a management consultant, providing strategic business advice to multi-national corporations and governments in Australia. Gary has tertiary qualifications in economics, information systems and health informatics.

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Knowledge areas

Obesity prevention

Food policy

Food taxes

Food labelling


Research interests

Policies for obesity prevention

Corporate political activity of the food industry

Food taxes

Front-of-pack food labelling

Economic modelling

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