One of the best

Sat, 18 Aug 2012 09:27:00 +1000

Deakin University’s Professor Richard Osborne has received a rare honour from the Australian government.

Professor Osborne, who is co-director of the University’s Population Health strategic research centre (DPH), has been included in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) new publication “Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012.”

The publication was launched on by the Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek.

Health Literacy with Professor Richard Osborne

In 2006 Professor Osborne was awarded a five-year research fellowship by the NHMRC ($462,290) to advance arthritis public health in Australia.  

A key outcome for Professor Osborne and his team of Public Health Innovation researchers was the Victorian orthopaedic waiting list reform that has been applied to all Victorian public hospitals and is helping to improve equity and access to timely hip and knee replacement surgery.

There have also been major advances in the fields of Chronic Disease Self-management and Health Literacy.

“The national recognition for my team's work was such a surprise,” said Professor Osborne, who returned from an overseas study trip to attend the official function to launch the publication.

DPH has established a large portfolio of activities in public health research, implementation, training, knowledge translation, advocacy and expert advisory services, both in Australia and internationally. 



The centre employs approximately 65 staff, generates over $4m per year in research funding and supports a dynamic cohort of Research Degree students.

DPH’s vision is: 

To deliver health improvements for Australian and global populations through relevant, innovative research and knowledge translation, strategic national and international collaborations, and building public health research capacity.

There are five research groups in Population Health:

  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention
  • Deakin Health Economics
  • Public Health Innovation
  • Health Services Implementation Research
  • Deakin Epidemiology

The vibrant and innovative academic environment in Population Health generates high impact research and is an outstanding platform for research training.

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The national recognition for my team's work was such a surprise, says Professor Richard Osborne.
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20th August 2012