Dr Josh Hayward



Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 524 79694


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Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity study: effects of a large scale, community-based cluster randomised trial of a systems thinking approach for the prevention of childhood obesity among secondary school students 2014-2016

C Strugnell, L Orellana, N Crooks, M Malakellis, B Morrissey, C Rennie, J Hayward, J Bliss, B Swinburn, C Gaskin, S Allender

(2024), Vol. 24, pp. 355-, BMC Public Health, England, C1

journal article

The common drivers of children and young people's health and wellbeing across 13 local government areas: a systems view

S O’Halloran, J Hayward, M Valdivia Cabrera, T Felmingham, P Fraser, C Needham, J Poorter, D Creighton, M Johnstone, M Nichols, S Allender

(2024), Vol. 24, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

Understanding weight status and dietary intakes among Australian school children by remoteness: A cross-sectional study

Jane Jacobs, Claudia Strugnell, Denise Becker, Jill Whelan, Josh Hayward, Melanie Nichols, Andrew Brown, Victoria Brown, Steven Allender, Colin Bell, Andrew Sanigorski, Liliana Orellana, Laura Alston

(2023), Vol. 26, pp. 1185-1193, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

When primary healthcare meets queerstory: community-based system dynamics influencing regional/rural LGBTQ + people's access to quality primary healthcare in Australia

James Lucas, Rojan Afrouz, Andrew Brown, Sarah Epstein, Joleen Ryan, Joshua Hayward, Sharon Brennan-Olsen

(2023), Vol. 23, pp. 1-12, BMC Public Health, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

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

journal article

Minding our futures: Understanding climate-related mental wellbeing using systems science

R Patrick, S Noy, C Henderson-Wilson, J Hayward, S Allender, H Gunasiri, N Bruges, T Snell, T Capetola

(2023), Vol. 84, Health and Place, C1

journal article

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

journal article

Participatory research with a rural Aboriginal Community Controllled Health Organisation: Lessons Learned using the CONDIDER statement

H Beks, T Amos, J Bell, J Ryan, J Hayward, A Brown, C Mckenzie, B Allen, G Ewing, K Hudson, R Clark, B Morphett, S Allender, D Creighton, M Johnstone, V Versace

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-13, Rural and Remote Health, Cairns, Qld., C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Reflexive Evidence and Systems interventions to Prevention Obesity and Non-communicable Disease (RESPOND): Protocol and baseline outcomes for a stepped-wedge cluster-randomised prevention trial

J Whelan, J Hayward, M Nichols, A Brown, L Orellana, V Brown, D Becker, C Bell, B Swinburn, A Peeters, M Moodie, S Geddes, C Chadwick, S Allender, C Strugnell

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

journal article

System mapping with adolescents: Using group model building to map the complexity of obesity

N Savona, A Brown, T Macauley, A Aguiar, J Hayward, S Ayuandini, J Habron, N Grewal, A Luszczynska, S Mendes, K Klepp, H Rutter, S Allender, C Knai

(2022), Obesity Reviews, London, Eng., C1

journal article

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

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

journal article

Identifying the views of adolescents in five european countries on the drivers of obesity using group model building

N Savona, T Macauley, A Aguiar, A Banik, M Boberska, J Brock, A Brown, J Hayward, H Holbæk, A Rito, S Mendes, F Vaaheim, M Van Houten, G Veltkamp, S Allender, H Rutter, C Knai

(2021), Vol. 31, pp. 391-396, European Journal of Public Health, England, C1

journal article

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

journal article

Bayesian strategy selection identifies optimal solutions to complex problems using an example from GP prescribing

S Allender, J Hayward, S Gupta, A Sanigorski, S Rana, H Seward, S Jacobs, S Venkatesh

(2020), Vol. 3, npj Digital Medicine, England, C1

journal article

Tools and analytic techniques to synthesise community knowledge in CBPR using computer-mediated participatory system modelling

J Hayward, S Morton, M Johnstone, D Creighton, S Allender

(2020), Vol. 3, npj Digital Medicine, England, C1

journal article

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

journal article

Associations between combined overweight and obesity, lifestyle behavioural risk and quality of life among Australian regional school children: Baseline findings of the Goulburn Valley health behaviours monitoring study

E Hoare, N Crooks, J Hayward, S Allender, C Strugnell

(2019), Vol. 17, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, England, C1

journal article

Lessons from Iceland: developing scalable and sustainable community approaches for the prevention of mental disorders in young Australians

E Hoare, I Thorisdóttir, A Kristjansson, I Sigfusdóttir, J Hayward, S Allender, C Strugnell, N Reavley, G Patton, M Berk, F Jacka

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 1-4, Mental health and prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Campbelltown - Changing our Future: Study protocol for a whole of system approach to childhood obesity in South Western Sydney

N Maitland, M Williams, B Jalaludin, S Allender, C Strugnell, A Brown, J Hayward, N Crooks, J Tredoux, V Li, K Wardle

(2019), Vol. 19, BMC Public Health, England, C1

journal article

Active (Opt-In) consent underestimates mean BMI-z and the prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to passive (Opt-Out) consent. Evidence from the healthy together victoria and childhood obesity study

C Strugnell, L Orellana, J Hayward, L Millar, B Swinburn, S Allender

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

journal article

Comparing complex perspectives on obesity drivers: action-driven communities and evidence-oriented experts

J McGlashan, J Hayward, A Brown, B Owen, L Millar, M Johnstone, D Creighton, S Allender

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 575-581, Obesity Science and Practice, United States, C1

journal article

A community-based complex systems approach to high school completion

M Kasman, B Owen, J Hayward

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 267-276, Systems research and behavioral science, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Composition of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour participation across the school-day, influence of gender and weight status: cross-sectional analyses among disadvantaged Victorian school children

C Strugnell, K Turner, M Malakellis, J Hayward, C Foster, L Millar, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. e011478-, BMJ open, England, C1

journal article

Lifestyle factors and adolescent depressive symptomatology: Associations and effect sizes of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour

J Hayward, F Jacka, H Skouteris, L Millar, C Strugnell, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 50, pp. 1064-1073, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, England, C1

journal article

When ignorance is bliss: weight perception, body mass index and quality of life in adolescents

J Hayward, L Millar, S Petersen, B Swinburn, A Lewis

(2014), Vol. In press, pp. 1-7, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

journal article

Lessons from obesity prevention for the prevention of mental disorders: The primordial prevention approach

J Hayward, F Jacka, E Waters, S Allender

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-4, BMC Psychiatry, London, England, C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Victoria Police StEPS Project: Systems Evaluation for the Prevention of Suicide

Prof Tony LaMontagne, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Allison Milner, Dr Josh Hayward

Victoria Police Grant - Research

  • 2017: $37,500
  • 2016: $37,500

STICK-E MansfieldSC Municipal Public Health Plan

Prof Steven Allender, Mr Andrew Brown, Dr Josh Hayward

Mansfield Shire Council

  • 2018: $39,000
  • 2017: $15,000

Campbelltown Changing our Future: A whole of systems approach to childhood obesity in south western Sydney

Prof Steven Allender, Mr Andrew Brown, Dr Josh Hayward, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Mr Nic Crooks

South Western Sydney Local Health District

  • 2019: $42,248
  • 2018: $252,248

Industry and Other Funding

STICK-E TAPPC Prevention Tracker

Prof Steven Allender, Mr Andrew Brown, Dr Josh Hayward

The Sax Institute

  • 2018: $30,000
  • 2017: $30,000

Let¿s have a yarn about chronic disease: a collaborative multi-disciplinary participatory action research approach to addressing Aboriginal health in South West Victoria

Dr Hannah Beks, Prof Vincent Versace, Ms Kerry Hudson, Mr John Bell, Ms Tamika Amos, Ms Candice Mckenzie, Prof Peter Harvey, A/Prof Barry Morphett, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Josh Hayward, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, Prof Douglas Creighton, Dr Constance Kourbelis, Ms Barbara Allen

Western Alliance

  • 2020: $22,781
  • 2019: $17,950
  • 2018: $34,072

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

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

Nexus Primary Health

  • 2019: $70,000
  • 2018: $70,000

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, Prof Olivia Dean, Prof Felice Jacka, 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

Western Alliance

  • 2023: $79,045
  • 2021: $118,568

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


Associate Supervisor

Jaimie McGlashan

Thesis entitled: The Use of Network Analysis to Evaluate Community-Based Obesity Prevention Interventions

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