Dr Jill Whelan



Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 522 78039


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A Theory of Change for Community-Based Systems Interventions to Prevent Obesity

A Brown, J Whelan, K Bolton, P Nagorcka-Smith, J Hayward, P Fraser, C Strugnell, T Felmingham, M Nichols, C Bell, H Le, S Allender

(2022), Vol. 62, pp. 786-794, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Netherlands, C1

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The Public Health 12 framework: interpreting the 'Meadows 12 places to act in a system' for use in public health

K Bolton, J Whelan, P Fraser, C Bell, S Allender, A Brown

(2022), Vol. 80, pp. 1-8, Archives of Public Health, London, Eng., C1

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Generating change through collective impact and systems science for childhood obesity prevention: The GenR8 Change case study

Kristy Bolton, Penny Fraser, Janette Lowe, Marj Moodie, Colin Bell, Claudia Strugnell, Josh Hayward, Jaimie McGlashan, Lynne Millar, Jillian Whelan, Andrew Brown, Steven Allender

(2022), Vol. 17, pp. 1-20, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Healthy weight, health behaviours and quality of life among Aboriginal children living in regional Victoria

J Browne, D Becker, L Orellana, J Ryan, T Walker, J Whelan, L Alston, M Egan, B Johnson, A Rossignoli, N Crooks, A Brown, K Bolton, P Fraser, H Le, C Bell, J Hayward, A Sanigorski, K Backholer, S Allender, C Strugnell

(2022), pp. 1-9, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Chichester, Eng., C1

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A mixed-methods evaluation of a health-promoting café located in a small health service in rural Victoria, Australia

J Whelan, P Love, J Aitken, L Millar, C Morley, N Melgren, S Allender, C Bell

(2022), Australian Journal of Rural Health, C1

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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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The impact of covid-19 on rural food supply and demand in australia: Utilising group model building to identifyretailer and customer perspectives

J Whelan, A Brown, L Coller, C Strugnell, S Allender, L Alston, J Hayward, J Brimblecombe, C Bell

(2021), Vol. 13, pp. 1-11, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

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Tracking implementation within a community-led whole of system approach to address childhood overweight and obesity in south west Sydney, Australia

N Maitland, K Wardle, J Whelan, B Jalaludin, D Creighton, M Johnstone, J Hayward, S Allender

(2021), Vol. 21, pp. 1233-, BMC public health, England, C1

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The Relationship Between Feasting Periods and Weight Gain: a Systematic Scoping Review

C Zorbas, E Reeve, S Naughton, C Batis, J Whelan, G Waqa, C Bell

(2020), Vol. 9, pp. 39-62, Current obesity reports, United States, C1

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Protocol for the measurement of changes in knowledge and engagement in the stepped wedge cluster randomised trial for childhood obesity prevention in Australia: (Reflexive Evidence and Systems interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-communicable Disease (RESPOND))

J Whelan, C Strugnell, S Allender, A Korn, A Brown, L Orellana, J Hayward, V Brown, C Bell, M Moodie, A Peeters, M Nichols

(2020), Vol. 21, Trials, England, C1

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Beyond the black stump: rapid reviews of health research issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia

S Osborne, L Alston, K Bolton, J Whelan, E Reeve, A Wong Shee, J Browne, T Walker, V Versace, S Allender, M Nichols, K Backholer, N Goodwin, S Lewis, H Dalton, G Prael, M Curtin, R Brooks, S Verdon, J Crockett, G Hodgins, S Walsh, D Lyle, S Thompson, L Browne, S Knight, S Pit, M Jones, M Gillam, M Leach, D Gonzalez-Chica, K Muyambi, T Eshetie, K Tran, E May, G Lieschke, V Parker, A Smith, C Hayes, A Dunlop, H Rajappa, R White, P Oakley, S Holliday

(2020), Vol. 213, pp. S3-S32.e1, Medical Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

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Retail initiatives to improve the healthiness of food environments in rural, regional and remote communities

Laura Alston, Kristy Bolton, Jill Whelan, Erica Reeve, Anna Shee, Jennifer Browne, Troy Walker, Vincent Versace, Steven Allender, Melanie Nichols, Kathryn Backholer

(2020), Vol. 213, pp. S5-+, MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, C1

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Measuring rural food environments for local action in Australia: A systematic critical synthesis review

P Love, J Whelan, C Bell, J McCracken

(2019), Vol. 16, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

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A rural community moves closer to sustainable obesity prevention - an exploration of community readiness pre and post a community-based participatory intervention

J Whelan, P Love, L Millar, S Allender, C Morley, C Bell

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1420-, BMC public health, England, C1

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Sustaining obesity prevention in communities: a systematic narrative synthesis review

J Whelan, P Love, L Millar, S Allender, C Bell

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 839-851, Obesity Reviews, England, C1

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Parental translation into practice of healthy eating and active play messages and the impact on childhood obesity: A mixed methods study

A Huxtable, L Millar, P Love, C Bell, J Whelan

(2018), Vol. 10, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

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Gratitude, resignation and the desire for dignity: lived experience of food charity recipients and their recommendations for improvement, Perth, Western Australia

Sue Booth, Andrea Begley, Bruce Mackintosh, Deborah Kerr, Jonine Jancey, Martin Caraher, Jill Whelan, Christina Pollard

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 2831-2841, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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You can't find healthy food in the bush: Poor accessibility, availability and adequacy of food in rural Australia

J Whelan, L Millar, C Bell, C Russell, F Grainger, S Allender, P Love

(2018), Vol. 15, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

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Healthy diets in rural Victoria-Cheaper than unhealthy alternatives, yet unaffordable

P Love, J Whelan, C Bell, F Grainger, C Russell, M Lewis, A Lee

(2018), Vol. 15, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

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A snapshot of the scope of obesity prevention practice in Australia

T Pettman, K Bolton, P Love, E Waters, T Gill, J Whelan, S Boylan, R Armstrong, J Coveney, S Booth, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 582-594, Health Promotion International, England, C1

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Sleep duration and risk of obesity among a sample of Victorian school children

B Morrissey, M Malakellis, J Whelan, L Millar, B Swinburn, S Allender, C Strugnell

(2016), Vol. 16, BMC Public Health, England, C1

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A map of community-based obesity prevention initiatives in Australia following obesity funding 2009-2013.

J Whelan, P Love, A Romanus, T Pettman, K Bolton, E Smith, T Gill, J Coveney, E Waters, S Allender

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 168-171, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Australia, C1

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Still serving hot soup? Two hundred years of a charitable food sector in Australia: a narrative review

R Lindberg, J Whelan, M Lawrence, L Gold, S Friel

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 358-365, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, North Melbourne, Vic., C1

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A community based systems diagram of obesity causes

S Allender, B Owen, J Kuhlberg, J Lowe, P Nagorcka-Smith, J Whelan, C Bell

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-12, PLoS One, San Francisco, CA, C1

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Cochrane update : Predicting sustainability of intervention effects in public health evidence: identifying key elements to provide guidance

J Whelan, P Love, T Pettman, J Doyle, S Booth, E Smith, E Waters

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 347-351, Journal of public health, Oxford , England, C1

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Hungry for change: the food banking industry in Australia

S Booth, J Whelan

(2014), Vol. 116, pp. 1392-1404, British food journal, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

An interactive showcase to launch a framework and e-tools for the CO-creation and evaluation of food environments to Advance Community Health (COACH)

Dr Jill Whelan, Dr Meaghan Christian

NHMRC TAPPC (Sax Institute) Seed Funding Grant

  • 2021: $4,844

Other Public Sector Funding

A connected community and clinical journey to health

Dr Penny Love, Dr Jill Whelan, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

Rural Northwest Health

  • 2015: $29,000

YCHANGe obesity prevention mapping into physical activity determinants - environmental and personal

Dr Jill Whelan, Dr Penny Love, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

Department of Health and Human Services - Victoria

  • 2016: $120,000


Dr Jill Whelan

Rural Northwest Health

  • 2017: $30,000

WHCG Cafe Policy Implementation and Evaluation.

Dr Jill Whelan, Prof Colin Bell

Wimmera Health Care Group

  • 2022: $36,008
  • 2021: $68,003

Industry and Other Funding

Engaging rural and regional community-based obesity prevention initiatives in Victoria

Dr Jill Whelan, Miss Erin Smith

Windermere Foundation Grant - Research

  • 2014: $14,520

A connected community and clinical journey to health

Dr Penny Love, Dr Jill Whelan, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

Ian Potter Foundation Grant - Research

  • 2016: $5,454
  • 2015: $54,545

YCHANGe - A connected community and clinical journey to health - YSC and RFDS

Dr Jill Whelan, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Penny Love, Prof Steven Allender

Royal Flying Doctors Service, Victoria Section

  • 2017: $40,000
  • 2016: $40,000

A review of evidence on interventions to improve the availability and promotion of healthy food in rural communities.

Dr Laura Alston, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Vincent Versace, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols, Dr Jill Whelan, Dr Anna Wong Shee, Ms Erica Reeve

Australasian Medical Publishing Co Proprietary Ltd

  • 2020: $10,000


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