Dr Hayley Mckenzie



Lecturer In Health Sciences


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2014
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Deakin University, 2007
Bachelor of Applied Science, Deakin University, 2006


+61 3 924 43804

Research interests

Research interests focus on family and social policy, and exploring the inequities experienced by particular social groups who are reliant on social and institutional policies.


Member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Member of the International Network of Child Support Scholars (INCSS)

Units taught

HSH113 - Social Perspectives on Population Health

HSH207 - Socioeconomic Status and Health

HSH731-734 - Masters Major and Minor Projects


McKenzie, H., McKay, F. & McHugh, C. (26 November 2014). Life on Newstart Allowance: A new reality for low income single mothers. The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Adelaide, SA.

McKenzie, H., Graham, M., Lamaro, G., Klein, R., Shelley, J. & Andrews, F. (14 October 2013). Women’s reproductive choices and consequences: The position of policy. Emerging Health Policy Conference, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney, NSW.

McKay, F., McKenzie, H. & Dunn, M. (19 September 2013). Bring the workplace into the classroom: Integrating workplace needs into student projects. Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia, Melbourne, VIC.

Dunn, M., McKay, F. & McKenzie, H. (19 September 2013). Education where you are – literally. Using technology to blur located and cloud learning. Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia, Melbourne, VIC.

McKenzie, H. (22 August 2012). Low-income single mothers’ evaluation of their child support arrangements reflecting the ‘best interests of the child(ren)’. Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference, Sydney, NSW.

McKenzie, H. (27 July 2012). Positions of dependence: Low-income single mothers with child support entitlements. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, VIC.

McKenzie, H. (29 November 2011). Single mothers’ acceptance of unacceptable child support arrangements. The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Newcastle, NSW.

McKenzie, H. (8 July 2010). The influence of child support payments on single payee parent family’s economic wellbeing: findings from a qualitative study. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, VIC.

McKenzie, H. (9 July 2008). The Australian Child Support Scheme as it relates to single mothers: historical development and international comparisons. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. Melbourne, VIC.


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Life on newstart allowance: a new reality for low-income single mothers

H McKenzie, C McHugh, F McKay

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 18-33, Journal of family studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Single mothers' post-separation provisioning: child support and the governance of gender

K Natalier, K Cook, H McKenzie

(2019), Vol. 53, pp. 554-570, Sociology, London, Eng., C1


"Them and us": the experience of social exclusion among women without children in their post-reproductive years

M Graham, H McKenzie, B Turnbull, A Taket

(2019), Vol. 9, pp. 71-104, Journal of research in gender studies, Woodside, N.Y., C1


Using art for health promotion: evaluating an in-school program through student perspectives

F McKay, H McKenzie

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 522-530, Health promotion practice, London, Eng., C1


Exploring the Australian policy context relating to women's reproductive choices

M Graham, H McKenzie, G Lamaro

(2018), Vol. 39, pp. 145-164, Policy studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Thinking outside the box: strategies used by low-income single mothers to make ends meet

H McKenzie, F McKay

(2018), Vol. 53, pp. 304-319, Australian journal of social issues, Chichester, Eng., C1


Food aid provision in metropolitan melbourne: a mixed methods study

F McKay, H McKenzie

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 11-25, Journal of hunger and environmental nutrition, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother's food choices and strategies

H McKenzie, F McKay

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 35-48, Journal of poverty and social justice, [Oxford, Eng.], C1


Women's reproductive choices in Australia: mapping federal and state/territory policy instruments governing choice

M Graham, H McKenzie, G Lamaro, R Klein

(2016), Vol. 33, pp. 335-349, Gender issues, New York, N.Y., C1


Mothers' experiences of child support: qualitative research and opportunities for policy insight

K Cook, H McKenzie, K Natalier

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 57-71, Journal of family studies, London, Eng., C1


'It should be a big responsibility': Separated low-income mothers' evaluation of child support arrangements and the conduct of fathers

H McKenzie, K Cook

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 135-156, Australian journal of family law, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1


Institutional processes and the production of gender inequalities: the case of Australian child support research and administration

K Cook, H Mckenzie, K Natalier, L Young

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 512-534, Critical social policy, London, Eng., C1


Navigating the ethics of cross-cultural health promotion research

G Lamaro Haintz, M Graham, H McKenzie

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 235-240, Health promotion journal of Australia, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Child support research in Australia: A critical review

K Cook, H McKenzie, T Knight

(2011), Vol. 17, Journal of Family Studies, C1


How welfare-to-work requirements impact on single parents' volunteer activities

K Cook, B Ward, H McKenzie, A Noblet, E Bodsworth

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 1-8, Australian journal on volunteering, Melbourne, Vic., C1


The quality of life of single mothers making the transition from welfare to work

K Cook, E Davis, P Smyth, H McKenzie

(2009), Vol. 49, pp. 475-490, Women and health, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


Domestic violence and the exemption from seeking child support: Providing safety or legitimizing ongoing poverty and fear

R Patrick, K Cook, H Mckenzie

(2008), Vol. 42, pp. 749-767, Social Policy and Administration, C1


The influence of child support and welfare on single parent families

H McKenzie, K Cook

(2007), pp. 13-19, Just policy : a journal of Australian social policy, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Family Life - Evaluation of EYE Belong, a Southern Peninsula Festival for Healthy Living

Dr Fiona McKay, Dr Hayley Mckenzie

  • 2014: $7,921

Literature reviews: health inequities of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls; and health status and health inequities experienced by women (and trans women)...

Dr Melissa Graham, Dr Hayley Mckenzie, Miss Greer Lamaro Haintz

  • 2017: $20,000


No completed student supervisions to report