A/Prof. Gary Sacks

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor and ARC DECRA Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Associate Professor Gary Sacks is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University. Gary’s research focuses on policies for the prevention of obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Gary was 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 2015 and 2011, 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. In 2017, Gary led the development of a Food Policy Index for Australia, that assessed Australian governments on their obesity prevention policies.

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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Research interests

Policies for obesity prevention

Corporate political activity of the food industry

Food taxes

Front-of-pack food labelling

Economic modelling

Knowledge areas

Obesity prevention

Food policy

Food taxes

Food labelling

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Food policies for population health: evidence, influence and accountability

A/Prof Gary Sacks

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2018: $48,958
  • 2017: $121,045
  • 2016: $114,660

A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating

Dr Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Fabrice Etile, A/Prof Liliana Orellana

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2018: $82,461
  • 2017: $148,514

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

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

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2017: $75,000

Reducing salt intake using food policy interventions

Prof Bruce Neal, Prof Caryl Nowson, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Mark Woodward, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Stephen Simpson, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Jacqui Webster, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Dr Jason Wu

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2018: $80,498
  • 2017: $44,721

Other Public Sector Funding

Creating supermarket food environments that encourage healthy eating

Dr Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks

  • 2017: $20,000
  • 2016: $90,000
  • 2015: $90,000

A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating

Dr Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Fabrice Etile, A/Prof Liliana Orellana

  • 2017: $50,000

Industry and Other Funding

Trends in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Australian children and adolescents

Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Ms Catherine Keating, A/Prof Gary Sacks

  • 2011: $18,639

Childhood Obesity Interventions - Evaluating the Cost-effectiveness of Strategies

Steven Gortmaker, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Rob Carter, A/Prof Gary Sacks

  • 2015: $12,649
  • 2013: $41,729
  • 2012: $42,746

P1.17 Benchmarking obesity prevention policies of Australian governments

Prof Andrew Wilson, A/Prof Gary Sacks

  • 2016: $44,300
  • 2015: $80,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Melissa Amina Madeleine Cavallo Mialon

Thesis entitled: Monitoring the corporate political activity of the food industry

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Health & Social Development

Associate Supervisor
2017

Sirinya Phulkerd

Thesis entitled: Analysis of Policy Implementation for Healthier Food Environments in Thailand

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2015

Maryam Delavari

Thesis entitled: The effect of acculturation & changing environment on obesity and its determinants among Iranian migrants in Victoria

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