Prof Anna Peeters

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Director, Institute for Health Transformation

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

Office of Faculty of Health

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

anna.peeters@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 45423

Biography

Anna is Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health & Director of the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University. 

Prof Anna Peeters is a public health researcher, particularly interested in the provision of information to facilitate objective and equitable choices in public health and health policy by policy makers, practitioners and the public.

Anna was awarded the prestigious World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award (2014) and a Churchill Award for improving the equity of population prevention initiatives (2014). Anna is the lead investigator for the NHMRC CRE in food retail environments for health (RE-FRESH). She also sits on a number of national and international policy and research advisory groups, including for the World Cancer Research Fund. Anna speaks regularly to the media and publishes in The Conversation.

Follow on Twitter - @AnnaPeetersAus and via Institute for Health Transformation @IHT_Deakin

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Biography summary

Anna is Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health & Director of the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University.

Prof Anna Peeters is a public health researcher, particularly interested in the provision of information to facilitate objective and equitable choices in public health and health policy by policy makers, practitioners and the public.

Anna was awarded the prestigious World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award (2014) and a Churchill Award for improving the equity of population prevention initiatives (2014). Anna is the lead investigator for the NHMRC CRE in food retail environments for health (RE-FRESH). She also sits on a number of national and international policy and research advisory groups, including for the World Cancer Research Fund. Anna speaks regularly to the media and publishes in The Conversation.

Follow on Twitter - @AnnaPeetersAus and via Institute for Health Transformation @IHT_Deakin

Career highlights

World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award, 2014

Churchill Award, 2014.

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 2013-2017.

VicHealth Fellowship 2004-2012

Research interests

Population nutrition

Obesity - monitoring, prevention

Socio-economic inequalities in health

Prevention policy and practice

Healthy ageing

Chronic disease modeling

Real world policy evaluation

Community and government led nutrition interventions

Affiliations

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

Affiliate, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

President Australian and New Zealalnd Obesity Society 2011-14

Convenor Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society ASM 2015

Chair International Congress on Obesity Liaison Committee 2015-

Teaching interests

Epidemiology

Public Health

Obesity

Chronic Disease

Knowledge areas

  • population nutrition
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • diet
  • physical activity
  • prevention
  • epidemiology
  • public health

Media appearances

Anna has regular appearances on radio, newspaper and television in Australia reporting on her research and providing expert comment on population prevention, equity and obesity related topics.

She also publishes in the Conversation (http://theconversation.com/au).

Awards

World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award, 2014

Churchill Award, 2014.

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 2013-2017.

VicHealth Fellowship 2004-2012

Projects

The goal of Obesity and Population Health is to build the evidence base for public health policy regarding the prevention of obesity and its consequent diseases. How do we best measure risk, deliver interventions and optimise intervention effectiveness and equitability? Our key areas of expertise are in obesity and related factors with four primary programs: their monitoring and measurement, their role in healthy ageing, evaluation of population interventions for their prevention (with a novel focus on the business case for prevention), and increasing the equity of related population prevention.

The major skills used are epidemiology, biostatistics, chronic disease modelling, systematic reviews and policy research. We work with a range of stakeholders, including the Victorian Department of Health, VicHealth, YMCA, Obesity Policy Coalition, and Alfred Health, to facilitate uptake of our research findings into policy and practice.

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A comprehensive regulatory strategy for obesity prevention in Australia

Dr Beatrice Loff, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Mark Lawrence, Prof Michael Ackland

NHMRC - Strategic Reserve Fund

  • 2011: $76,536
  • 2010: $93,656
  • 2009: $79,733
  • 2008: $55,865
  • 2007: $74,801

Centre of Research Excellence on Policy Research on Obesity and Food Systems

Emeritus Professor Rob Carter, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Richard Osborne, Prof Mark Lawrence, A/Prof Jan Barendregt, Prof Bruce Neal, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Kelly Brownell, Prof Steven Allender

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2018: $596
  • 2017: $340,167
  • 2016: $431,611
  • 2015: $434,875
  • 2014: $452,808
  • 2013: $276,834
  • 2012: $65,432

Developing a disability policy model to target the prevention or reduction of limitations on functioning and wellbeing

A/Prof Christopher Stevenson, Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Haider Mannan, Dr Christopher Reid, Dr Dianna Magliano, Ms Allison Hodge

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2014: $48,862
  • 2013: $47,428
  • 2012: $94,921

What will it take to decrease socio-economic inequalities in obesity?

A/Prof Christopher Stevenson, Dr Dianna Magliano, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Alison Beauchamp, Prof Anna Peeters, Jane Martin

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2014: $5,408
  • 2013: $50,401
  • 2012: $46,485

Decreasing social inequalities in obesity

Prof Anna Peeters

NHMRC CDF - Career Development Fellowship

  • 2017: $95,344
  • 2016: $94,028
  • 2015: $23,182

Improving the detection of disadvantaged Australians at high risk of cardiovascular disease

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters

NHF Fellowship - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2016: $500
  • 2015: $62,664

Trends in discretionary food and drink sales in Australia, 2014-2017

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2017: $75,000

Development of a national food and beverage price monitoring system (Price Tracker)

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Dr Iman Avazpour, Dr Jason Wu, Prof Anna Peeters

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2018: $74,252

RESPOND: Reflexive Evidence and Systems interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-Communicable Disease

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Andrew Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Liliana Orellana

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2021: $173,572
  • 2020: $305,461
  • 2019: $247,775
  • 2018: $85,145

A Center of Research Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH)

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Julie Brimblecombe, Prof Steven Allender, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Prof Amanda Lee, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Bruce Neal

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2021: $212,895
  • 2020: $421,716
  • 2019: $333,411
  • 2018: $87,972

BP3: Diet and chronic disease prevention: supporting implementation of priority actions in the food and nutrition system (Boosting Prevention Project via the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre)

Prof Amanda Lee, Prof Sharon Friel, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Anna Peeters

MRFF Boosting Preventive Health Research Program

  • 2021: $33,952
  • 2020: $135,808
  • 2019: $169,758

Supporting food companies to implement policies for improving population nutrition

A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Bruce Neal, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

NHMRC - Partnership Project, VicHealth - NHMRC Partnership Project Grants

  • 2021: $74,562
  • 2020: $50,000

Evidence-based healthy food provision at scale

Prof Anna Peeters

NHMRC - Investigator Grant

  • 2021: $205,211

Food and beverage price promotions: An untapped policy target

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Anna Peeters

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2021: $64,998

Other Public Sector Funding

What will it take to decrease socio-economic inequalities in obesity?

A/Prof Christopher Stevenson, Dr Dianna Magliano, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Alison Beauchamp, Prof Anna Peeters, Jane Martin

  • 2013: $25,000
  • 2012: $25,000

Healthy eating policies in public settings: building the business case for increasing access to water, reduced salt and other health food options

Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2017: $13,600
  • 2016: $138,624

Economic Impact Assessment - Sport and Recreation Healthy Eating in the West Project

Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2018: $6,000
  • 2017: $10,000
  • 2016: $9,090

PRomoting Incentives for healthy food Choices with retailer-led Economic interventions (PRICE study)

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Liliana Orellana, Ms Claire Palermo

  • 2019: $20,000
  • 2018: $90,000
  • 2017: $80,692

RESPOND: Reflexive Evidence and Systems interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-Communicable Disease

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Andrew Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Liliana Orellana

  • 2020: $25,000
  • 2019: $25,000
  • 2018: $25,000

Achievement program workplaces equity analysis

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Tony LaMontagne, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Dr Emma Gearon

  • 2018: $11,543

Evaluation Support Water in Sports Initiative 2017-2020 Proj ID: 27136

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Miranda Blake, A/Prof Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Dr Dominique Condo, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson

  • 2021: $20,000
  • 2020: $89,144
  • 2019: $100,000
  • 2018: $100,000

Supporting food companies to implement policies for improving population nutrition

A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Bruce Neal, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

  • 2021: $68,181
  • 2020: $68,181

A rapid review of international examples of sustainable change to food environments in public institutions, for the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity.

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Dr Miranda Blake, Dr Shaan Naughton

  • 2020: $30,000

Accelerating the implementation of healthy food and drink policies in Retail Outlets.

Prof Anna Peeters, Ms Vanessa Clarkson, Dr Miranda Blake, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Dr Adyya Gupta

  • 2020: $25,000

A feasibility study into Data Linkage to Examine Youth Mental Heath Trends in the Barwon Region.

Dr Dominique de Andrade, Prof Peter Miller, A/Prof Sandeep Reddy, Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2020: $41,818

The uptake, benefits and impacts of virtual healthcare for non-hospitalised TAC clients and providers.

A/Prof Martin Hensher, A/Prof Genevieve Pepin, Prof Elizabeth Manias, Dr Kate Anderson, Prof Marj Moodie, Ms Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2021: $93,089

Developing a research agenda to support improvement in urban food retail environments in LMICs from the Asia Pacific Region.

A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Ms Josephine Marshall, Mr Oliver Huse, Dr Miranda Blake, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2021: $15,432

Industry and Other Funding

Cost-effectiveness of weight loss for type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial of Lap-Band placement

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr John Dixon, Prof Paul O'Brien, Prof Marj Moodie, Emeritus Professor Rob Carter

  • 2008: $25,719
  • 2007: $28,405

The healthcare costs of severe obesity and the utility-based quality of life of overweight & obese adults

Ms Catherine Keating, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Boyd Swinburn

  • 2012: $19,933
  • 2011: $29,516
  • 2010: $40,250

To identify strategies to support schools in the provision of a supportive workplace environment for healthy eating and physical activity

Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2017: $22,000
  • 2016: $33,000

Refining and validating a new algorithm to predict disability in old age ¿ a tool for promoting healthy ageing

Dr Evelyn Wong, Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2015: $112,500

Equity analysis of the Achievement Program

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Ms Beth Gilham

  • 2017: $32,266
  • 2016: $32,266

RESPOND: Reflexive Evidence and Systems interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-Communicable Disease

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Andrew Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Liliana Orellana

  • 2019: $22,500
  • 2018: $22,500

Evaluation of the amended Victorian Achievement Program for schools - Pilot study of outcomes for teachers

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Tony LaMontagne, Ms Melanie Nichols, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Victoria Brown, Mr Nic Crooks

  • 2020: $85,000
  • 2019: $92,000
  • 2018: $40,000

Translate a community-based and 'systems informed' childhood obesity intervention.

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Liliana Orellana, Dr Josh Hayward, Mr Andrew Brown

  • 2019: $70,000
  • 2018: $70,000

Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program equity project.

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Emma Gearon

  • 2020: $33,000

Review of GMHBA's chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, A/Prof Martin Hensher

  • 2019: $20,000

Effectiveness of health promotion interventions delivered by local councils for healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol harm prevention and smoking cessation.

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Claudia Strugnell, A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron

  • 2019: $75,000

Queensland Health and TAPPC rapid review: healthy eating and physical activity.

A/Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer

  • 2019: $26,000

Developing novel methods to monitor the digital marketing of products that increase the risk of cancer to children: An intelligent systems approach

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, A/Prof Asim Bhatti, Prof Chee Peng Lim, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Becky Freeman, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, Ms Christina Zorbas, Jane Martin

  • 2021: $143,774
  • 2020: $95,849

Effectiveness of Interventions delivered by local council to address the social determinants of health.

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Prof Tony LaMontagne, Dr Shane Kavanagh, Ms Christina Zorbas

  • 2019: $25,000

Developing and piloting a framework to evaluate Health APPs to enable the promotion of a curated set of evidence-based Health APPs to consumers in the Australian setting.

A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Paul Cooper

  • 2021: $38,250
  • 2020: $114,750

Evaluation of the expansion of telehealth through primary care in Australia.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Elizabeth Manias, A/Prof Kevin Mc Namara, A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Andrea Hernan, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Lan Gao, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Andrea Driscoll, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Peter Vuillermin, Dr Kate Anderson

  • 2021: $24,250
  • 2020: $24,250

A Listening and Learning Healthcare System approach to improve outcomes for acute-care mental health consumers in the Barwon-Southwest Victoria Region.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Prof Michael Berk, A/Prof Olivia Dean, Prof Felice Jacka, A/Prof Adrienne O'Neil, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Prof Rajesh Vasa, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Dr Josh Hayward, Dr Elijah Marangu, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Dr Mary Lou Chatterton, Miss Sally Buchanan-Hagen

  • 2021: $59,284

Other Funding Sources

NHMRC Equipment Grant 2019 - IHT

Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2020: $9,577

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2021

Christina Zorbas

Thesis entitled: Policy Opportunities to Equitably Promote Healthy Diets in High-Income Countries

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development