Dr Cindy Needham



Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 522 73198


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Systems thinking in local government: intervention design and adaptation in a community-based study

T Felmingham, S O’Halloran, J Poorter, E Rhook, C Needham, J Hayward, P Fraser, S Kilpatrick, D Leahy, S Allender

(2023), Vol. 21, Health Research Policy and Systems, C1

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Enhancing healthcare at home for older people in rural and regional Australia: A protocol for co-creation to design and implement system change

C Needham, N Wheaton, A Shee, K McNamara, M Malakellis, M Murray, L Alston, A Peeters, A Ugalde, C Huggins, S Yoong, S Allender

(2023), Vol. 18, PLoS ONE, C1

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BMI and the Food Retail Environment in Melbourne, Australia: Associations and Temporal Trends

C Needham, C Strugnell, S Allender, L Alston, L Orellana

(2023), Vol. 15, pp. 1-13, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Diet-Related Disease Prevention in a Rural Australian Setting: Understanding Barriers, Enablers, and the Role of Rural Health Services in Supporting Changes in Local Rural Food Environments

N Wheaton, E Alston, V Versace, M Field, A Wong Shee, J Jacobs, K Backholer, S Allender, M Nichols, C Needham, K Bolton, M Blake, F Stewart, E Close, L Alston

(2023), Vol. 15, pp. 4979-4979, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

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Factors Influencing Implementation, Sustainability and Scalability of Healthy Food Retail Interventions: A Systematic Review of Reviews

A Gupta, L Alston, C Needham, E Robinson, J Marshall, T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, C Huggins, A Peeters

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 1-18, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Beyond food swamps and food deserts: exploring urban Australian food retail environment typologies

C Needham, C Strugnell, S Allender, L Orellana

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 1140-1152, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

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Systematic review of the effectiveness of health promotion interventions targeting obesity prevention in school-based staff

A Hill, L Alston, C Needham, A Peeters, A Lamontagne, M Nichols

(2022), Vol. 37, Health Promotion International, England, C1

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Building capacity for the use of systems science to support local government public health planning: A case study of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership in Victoria, Australia

S O'Halloran, J Hayward, C Strugnell, T Felmingham, J Poorter, S Kilpatrick, P Fraser, C Needham, E Rhook, A Demaio, S Allender

(2022), Vol. 12, BMJ Open, C1

journal article

Understanding the healthfulness of outlets providing lunch and dinner meals: a census of a rural food retail environment in Victoria, Australia

L Alston, V Versace, E Brown, M Nichols, J Whelan, K Bolton, G Sacks, C Needham, L Orellana, S Allender

(2021), Vol. 45, pp. 65-70, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Australia, C1

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A systematic review of the Australian food retail environment: Characteristics, variation by geographic area, socioeconomic position and associations with diet and obesity

C Needham, G Sacks, L Orellana, E Robinson, S Allender, C Strugnell

(2020), Vol. 21, Obesity Reviews, England, C1

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Food retail environments in greater melbourne 2008-2016: Longitudinal analysis of intra-city variation in density and healthiness of food outlets

C Needham, L Orellana, S Allender, G Sacks, M Blake, C Strugnell

(2020), Vol. 17, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

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Variation in the physical activity environment according to area-level socio-economic position-a systematic review

Jane Jacobs, Laura Alston, Cindy Needham, Kathryn Backholer, Claudia Strugnell, Steven Allender, Melanie Nichols

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 686-700, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Food environment inequalities and obesity in Victorian Growth Areas, from paddock to shopping centre gate

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Gary Sacks, Prof Liliana Orellana, Dr Cindy Needham

VicHealth Innovation Research Grant 2015 & Onwards (Cat 2)

  • 2020: $7,254
  • 2019: $90,000
  • 2018: $90,000

Food swamps, deserts or swampy deserts? Do regional Victorian children have access to healthy food retail? Does this influence weight status, dietary intake and wellbeing

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Cindy Needham, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Miranda Blake, Ms Jane Jacobs, Prof Gary Sacks

VicHealth Partnerships for Impact Research Grant

  • 2023: $19,000
  • 2022: $30,000
  • 2021: $150,000


Prof Steven Allender, Ms Tiana Felmingham, Mrs Penny Fraser, Dr Cindy Needham

VicHealth Grant - Research

  • 2023: $74,000

Industry and Other Funding

Denmark Child Co-Op

Prof Steven Allender, Mr Andrew Brown, Dr Josh Hayward, Ms Tiana Felmingham, Dr Cindy Needham

Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus University Hospital

  • 2022: $63,668

Inhaler Project

Dr Mike Forrester, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Cindy Needham, Dr Susan Perlen, Prof Alison Hutchinson

Asthma Australia Ltd

  • 2023: $35,000


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