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Prof Marj Moodie

Position: Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517367 +61 3 92517367



Professor Marj Moodie is a Principal Research Fellow at Deakin University where she is Deputy Head (Research) of the Deakin Health Economics. In her role as a health economist, her work is focussed on economic evaluation and priority setting, primarily in the field of obesity, NCDs and stroke. She has conducted the economic evaluation of a range of preventive interventions for obesity, including several large community-based obesity prevention projects based in Victoria, Australia and the Pacific. She has been a leading player in the successful ACE (Assessing Cost-Effectiveness) priority setting studies around obesity, both in Australia and the United States of America.  Associate Professor Moodie coordinates a team of researchers and PhD students working on the economics of obesity, and coordinates Deakin University’s new Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems.


International Health Economics Association

Australian Health Economics Society

World Obesity

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society


Conferences and seminars

Costs of obesity in Australia. Obesity Australia 3rd annual summit, Sydney Nov 2014 (Invited presentation)

Priority setting in obesity prevention. International Society on Priorities in Health Care, Melbourne, November 2014 (organised session)

Moving obesity prevention to a non-health sector focus Pacific Island Health Research Symposium August 2014 (Invited presentation)

Extrapolating from early life and child interventions to economic costs. International Congress on Obesity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2014 (Invited presentation).


Research interests

Professor Moodie's research interests are particularly focused on the economics of obesity. She has a particular interest on the cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting obesity, stroke and more generally, non-communicable diseases.



Flego A, Keating C, Moodie M. Cost-effectiveness of whole-of-community obesity prevention programs: an overview of the evidence. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2014 Oct;14(5):719-27. doi: 10.1586/14737167.2014.953933. Epub 2014 Sep 2

Petersen S, Swinburn B, Mavoa H, Fotu K, Tupoulahi-Fusimalohi C, Faeamani G, Moodie M. Low health-related quality of life in school-aged children in Tonga, a lower-middle income country in the South Pacific. Glob Health Action. 2014 Aug 20;7:24896. doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.24896. eCollection 2014

Moodie M, Lal A, Vidmar S, Armstrong DS, Byrnes C, Carlin J, Cheney J, Cooper PJ, Grimwood K, Robertson C, Tiddens H, Wainwright C (2014). Costs of bronchoalveolar lavage-directed therapy in first five years of life for children with cystic fibrosis. Accepted Journal of Pediatrics 2014 Sep;165(3):564-569.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.05.031. Epub 2014 Jul 1

Nicholls  L, Lewis A, Petersen S, Swinburn B, Moodie M, Millar L (2014). Parental encouragement of healthy behaviors: adolescent weight status and health-related quality of life. BMC Public Health; 14:369  DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-369

Ananthapavan J, Sacks G, Moodie M, Carter R. Economics of obesity- Learning from the past to contribute to a better future. Int J Envir Res Pub Health. 2014, 11(4);4007-25.

Webster J, Snowdon W, Moodie M, Viali S, Schultz J, Bell C, Land MA, Downs S, Christoforou A, Dunford E, Barzi F, Woodward M, Neal B. Cost-effectiveness of reducing salt intake in the Pacific Islands: protocol for a before and after intervention study.  BMC Public Health 02/2014 14(1):107.

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