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Dr Rebecca Patrick



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Off-Campus (Home)


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion) (Honours), Deakin University, 1998
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Deakin University, 1995


Biography summary

Dr Rebecca Patrick is a teaching and research academic who is recognised for her expertise in nature, environment, and health research and scholarship. She leads multi-institution mixed methods research in climate-related mental wellbeing and health co-benefit intervention measurement and evaluation. She has specialist research experience in qualitative, participatory and co-designed study designs. She trained in health promotion, practiced in youth and community health for 10+ years and is an accomplished interdisciplinary researcher.

Research interests

Health promotion in a climate-effected world

Ecological determinants of health

Nature-based health interventions

Climate change, nature and mental health

Sustainable healthcare

Health-related education for sustainability



Immediate Past President, National Climate and Health Alliance

Co-lead and Member, Planetary Health Alliance (Oceania Hub)

Full Member, Institute for Health Transformation

Member, Australian Health Promotion Association 

Associate Editor, Health Promotion Journal of Australia

Former Director, Medical Research Week, Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)


Teaching interests

Course Director, Master of Health and Human Services Management.

Specialist teaching areas: health Promotion, Environmental Health, Health Protection, Planetary Health, Work Integrated Learning,Interdisciplinary and Transformative Learning, Health-related Education for Sustainability.

Units taught

HMC703-OD Promoting human ad planetary health (micro-credential)

HSH755 Postgraduate Health Practicuum

HSH715/915 Qualitative Health Research

HSH725 Research Literacy

HSH769 Comparative Health Systems

HSH731 - 734 Masters Minor and Major Research Projects

HSH703 Health Promotion

HSH705 Needs Assessment and Program Planning

HSH736 Community Engagement and Participation 

HSH303 Public Health - Health Promotion Practicum

HSH322 Health Sciences Practicum

HSH211 Australian Healthcare System

HSH212 Professional Practice

HSH201 Program Planning and Evaluation

Knowledge areas

Health promotion, public health, climate change, sustainability, ecological determinants of health, mental health, community engagement, health-related education for sustainability.


Health promotion; climate change and health; planetary health; sustainability.
  • Health and wellbeing


Patrick R, 2022, Climate Change, Health and Wellbeing: National Policy, Advocacy and Education Intiatives, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, Sydney.

Patrick R, 2021, Climate Change, Nature and Mental Health: Making the links for Public Health, Public Health Association Australia Congress, Sydney.

Patrick R, 2021, Climate Change, Nature and Mental Health: Evidence, policy & partners, HEAL Congress, Virtual.

Patrick R, 2021, Climate, nature and mental health, Australian Health Promotion Association - Victorian and Tasmanian Branch.

Patrick R, Langmaid G, Ride C, 2020, Climate change, nature and mental health: Making the links, Australian Health Promotion Association and Climate and Health Alliance national forum, Australia

Patrick R, Day C, Charlson F, Langmaid G et al, 2021, Climate Change and Mental Health: Expert Panel Discussion, Climate and Health Alliance, Online.

Patrick R, Thoms A, Langmaid G et al 2021, Climate Change, nature and mental health promotion: A setting for co-benefits, Enliven Victoria.

Patrick R, Davison M 2017, 'Localising the global: Toward indices that promote the New Urban Agenda and SDG's', New Urban Agenda conference, Melbourne.

Ebden M, Patrick R 2016, 'Improving Natural Environments through Environmental Volunteering', Ecohealth-OneHealth Congress, Melbourne. 

Hancock T, Patrick R, 2016, 'People, Planet and Participation: The Kuching Statement on Healthy, Just and Sustainable Urban Development', Urban Thinkers Campus (Habitat III session), Kuching, Malaysia

Patrick R, 2013, ‘Urbanisation, Climate Change & Health Promotion’ sub-plenary presentation for the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Pattaya, Thailand.

Patrick R, Capetola, T, 2012, ‘Promoting Health, Social and Environmental Justice in the context of Health Care Practice’, at the Interdisciplinary. Net Environmental Justice & Global Citizenship Conference, Oxford, England.

Patrick, R, Capetola,T & Nuttman, S, 2010 ‘Education for Health and Sustainability’, American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Patrick R, Thoms, A & Capetola, T, 2011, ‘Health Promotion and Sustainability report: creating healthy and sustainable futures launch’, Public Health Association of Australia Annual   Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Capetola, T, Patrick, R & Nuttman, S, ‘Having it all – creative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning while saving the planet’, Deakin Teaching & Learning Conference, Burwood, Australia.

Patrick R, Holland, D & Lamaro, G, ‘Engaged, Enabled and Enacting – Work Integrated Learning for Workforce Ready Graduates, Australian Health Promotion Association's Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick R, Capetola, T & Nuttman, S, 2009 ‘Greening the public health /health promotion workforce: implications for the higher education sector, Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Sydney, Australia.

Patrick R & Moore, J, 2008, ‘Transferring learnt knowledge to practice: An example from the health promotion field,’ WACE / ACEN Asia Pacific Conference, Manly, Australia

Media appearances

ABC national and regional radio and news

RRR Radio Marinara

Financial Review

House of Wellness

3CR Community Radio

Twitter: @hnsrg_deakin @bekpatrick

Research groups

Director, Deakin Sustainable Health Network


Co-lead, Deakin Health Nature Sustainability research group


2022 Insitute for Health Transformation, Mid-career Research Award - Research Excellence

2015 Green Gown Award Australasia, Highly Commended for Learning, Teaching & Skills

2010 Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching & Learning

2010 Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching & Learning.

2010 School of Health & Social Development Research Commendation


Snapshot of Funded Projects:

Patrick R, Allender S, Forrester M, Huthinson A, Ananthapavan J, Naebe M (2022) Sustainable healthcare: Medical waste, Circular economy, Institute for Health Transformation, GLOBE and Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia.

Henderson-Wilson C, Patrick R, Capetola T, Snell T, Noy S, Allender S, Hayward J (2021) Keeping the future in mind: a systems dynamics approach to climate related mental wellbeing, Deakin University, Australia.

Lycett K, Huxley R, Patrick R et al (2021-), Breathe Melbourne, Department of Health, Environmental Protection Authority Victoria, Australia.

Patrick R, Garad R, Snell T, Endicott J, Meadows G (2020) Climate change and mental health; Australian temperature check, Deakin University & Monash University, Australia.

Patrick R, Capetola T, Henderson-Wilson C, Gurasini H, Wang Yi Fan (2020) Climate change, young people and mental health; Mixed method study, Deakin University, Australia.

Patrick, R, Noy, S, Wen Chin J, Capetola, T, Henderson-Wilson C, LaMontagne T (2019) Environmental workplace mental health promotion study, Deakin University Australia.

Patrick, R, Shaw, A, Lawson, J, Capetola, T, Henderson-Wilson, C, Davison M, Freeman, A (2017), Localising the Global: Rescaling the Global Happy Planet Index to a local level, Feasability study and report for Deakin University, Australia. 

Noy, S, Patrick R, Ryan, I, Henderson-Wilson, C, Nuttman, S (2017), Scoping Study of Community Interventions that Promote Vegetable Consumption, Research report for Hort Innovation, Australia.

Patrick, R, Ryan, I, Capetola, T, Lawson, J, Wilson, E (2017), Health, Environment and Sustainability: Workforce Analysis: Preliminary Findings, Research study for Deakin University, Australia 

Patrick, R et al (2017) National Consultation regarding a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Wellbeing, Research report for CAHA, Australia. 

Ebden M, Townsend M, Patrick R, Henderson-Wilson C et al (2016) Environmental Volunteering Study and Report, Study for NSW Trust,

Patrick, R et al (2016) National Survey of Health Professionals Opinions around a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Wellbeing: Preliminary Report, Research report for CAHA, Australia. 

Patrick, R, Dietrich, U and Capon,T (2015) Principles for Healthy and Sustainable Places, Research consultancy and report for UNU-IIGH, Malaysia. 

Patrick, R, Noy, S and Capetola T (2011) Health Promotion and Sustainability: Towards a healthy and sustainable future, Research Report for Department of Health and Sustainability Victoria and endorsed by AHPA, PHAA, Climate & Health Alliance.

Nuttman, S, Patrick, R, Capetola, T, Noy, S and Freeman, L (2010) Education For Sustainability: A cross-faculty, interdisciplinary curriculum development initiative, Research & Project Report for Deakin University Strategic Teaching and Learning Grants.

Patrick, R, Capetola T, Nuttman S (2009) Population Health & Climate Change; Professional Development CD and workshop. Professional development program developed and implemented for Australian Health Promotion Australia (VicBranch).


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Prevalence and determinants of mental health related to climate change in Australia

R Patrick, T Snell, H Gunasiri, R Garad, G Meadows, J Enticott

(2023), Vol. 57, pp. 710-724, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Healthy, regenerative and just: Guiding the development of a national strategy on climate, health and well-being for Australia

F Armstrong, A Wyns, P Colagiuri, R Anderson, A Hunter, K Arabena, C Russo, S Cork, S Joyner, M Howden, M Haswell, T Weeramanthri, N Chudleigh, T Capon, N Horsburgh, R Patrick, L Hanna, S Cooke, P Sainsbury, A Borda

(2023), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, Journal of Climate Change and Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Understanding and managing psychological distress due to climate change

A Seth, J Maxwell, C Dey, C Feuvre, R Patrick

(2023), Vol. 52, pp. 263-268, Australian Journal of General Practice, C1-1

journal article

Exploring the co-benefits of environmental volunteering for human and planetary health promotion

R Patrick, C Henderson-Wilson, M Ebden

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 57-67, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, London, England, C1

journal article

Minding environment, minding workers: environmental workers' mental health and wellbeing

Sue Noy, Rebecca Patrick, Teresa Capetola, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Jian Chin, Tony LaMontagne

(2022), pp. 1-10, Global Health Promotion, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Hope, Coping and Eco-Anxiety: Young People's Mental Health in a Climate-Impacted Australia

H Gunasiri, Y Wang, E Watkins, T Capetola, C Henderson-Wilson, R Patrick

(2022), Vol. 19, pp. 1-12, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Bushfires, COVID-19 and Young People's Climate Action in Australia

H Gunasiri, Y Wang, T Capetola, C Henderson-Wilson, R Patrick

(2022), Vol. 19, pp. 149-153, EcoHealth, United States, C1

journal article

Planetary health pedagogy: Preparing health promoters for 21st-century environmental challenges

T Capetola, S Noy, R Patrick

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 17-21, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Planetary Health Annual Meeting 2022 Abstracts

Hasini Gunasiri, Rebecca Patrick, Tristan Snell, Rhonda Garad, Joanne Enticott, Graham Meadows, Claire Henderson-Wilson


journal article

Shoaling guppies evade predation but have deadlier parasites

Jason Walsman, Mary Janecka, David Clark, Rachael Kramp, Faith Rovenolt, Regina Patrick, Ryan Mohammed, Mateusz Konczal, Clayton Cressler, Jessica Stephenson

(2022), Vol. 6, pp. 945-+, NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, C1-1

journal article

Applying the Mandala of Health in the Anthropocene

G Langmaid, R Patrick, J Kingsley, J Lawson

(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 8-21, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

journal article

Australia in 2030: what is our path to health for all?

K Backholer, F Baum, S Finlay, S Friel, B Giles-Corti, A Jones, R Patrick, J Shill, B Townsend, F Armstrong, P Baker, K Bowen, J Browne, C Büsst, A Butt, K Canuto, K Canuto, A Capon, K Corben, M Daube, S Goldfeld, R Grenfell, L Gunn, P Harris, K Horton, L Keane, J Lacy-Nichols, S Lo, R Lovett, M Lowe, J Martin, N Neal, A Peeters, T Pettman, A Thoms, A Thow, A Timperio, C Williams, A Wright, B Zapata-Diomedi, S Demaio

(2021), Vol. 214, pp. S5-S40, Medical journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The wheel of fortune as a novel support for constructive alignment and transformative sustainability learning in higher education

S Noy, T Capetola, R Patrick

(2021), Vol. 22, pp. 854-869, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, C1

journal article

Chapter 4 Health promotion in the Anthropocene: the ecological determinants of health

Rebecca Patrick, Fiona Armstrong, Anthony Capon, Kathryn Bowen, Selina Lo, Aileen Thoms

(2021), Vol. 214, pp. S22-S26, Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Australians report climate change as a bigger concern than COVID-19

Rebecca Patrick, Rhonda Garad, Tristan Snell, Joanne Enticott, Graham Meadows

(2021), Vol. 3, pp. 1-7, Journal of Climate Change and Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Planetary health indicators for the local level: opportunities and challenges in applying the happy planet index in Victoria, Australia

R Patrick, C Henderson-Wilson, J Lawson, T Capetola, A Shaw, M Davison, A Freeman

(2021), Global Health Promotion, England, C1

journal article

Health promotion and food insecurity: Exploring environmental sustainability principles to guide practice within Australia

S Nuttman, R Patrick, M Townsend, J Lawson

(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 68-76, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

journal article

Tools for creating a future of healthy One Planet cities in the Anthropocene

T Hancock, P Desai, R Patrick

(2020), Vol. 4, pp. 180-192, Cities & Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Addressing food insecurity in Australia through education for sustainability

S Nuttman, R Patrick, M Townsend

(2020), Vol. 35, pp. 1601-1611, Health Promotion International, England, C1

journal article

Health promotion and sustainability programmes in Australia: barriers and enablers to evaluation

R Patrick, J Kingsley

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 82-92, Global health promotion, London, Eng., C1

journal article

New frontiers in community initiatives to increase vegetable consumption

S Noy, R Patrick, C Henderson-Wilson, S Nuttman, I Ryan

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 52-61, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

journal article

Human wellbeing and the health of the environment: local indicators that balance the scales

R Patrick, A Shaw, A Freeman, C Henderson-Wilson, J Lawson, M Davison, T Capetola, C Lee

(2019), Vol. 146, pp. 651-667, Social indicators research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Health and environmental impacts of a regional Australian Men's Shed program

L Ayres, R Patrick, T Capetola

(2018), Vol. 26, pp. 65-67, Australian Journal of Rural Health, Australia, C1

journal article

Public health guide to field developments linking ecosystems, environments and health in the Anthropocene

Chris Buse, Jordan Oestreicher, Neville Ellis, Rebecca Patrick, Ben Brisbois, Aaron Jenkins, Kaileah McKellar, Jonathan Kingsley, Maya Gislason, Lindsay Galway, Ro McFarlane, Joanne Walker, Howard Frumkin, Margot Parkes

(2018), Vol. 72, pp. 420-425, JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Where ecosystems, people and health meet: Academic traditions and emerging fields for research and practice

J Oestreicher, C Buse, B Brisbois, R Patrick, A Jenkins, J Kingsley, R Távora, L Fatorelli

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 23-44, Sustentabilidade em Debate, Brasília, Brazil, C1

journal article

Inspiration from the Classroom: A Mixed Method Case Study of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Learning in Higher Education

S Noy, R Patrick, T Capetola, J McBurnie

(2017), Vol. 33, pp. 97-118, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, C1

journal article

Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?

R Patrick, S Noy, C Henderson-Wilson

(2016), Vol. 54, pp. 34-49, International journal of health promotion and education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Exploring Australian health promotion and environmental sustainability initiatives

R Patrick, J Kingsley

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 36-42, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

Health-related education for sustainability: public health workforce needs and the role of higher education

R Patrick, J Kingsley, T Capetola

(2016), Vol. 32, pp. 192-205, Australian journal of environmental education, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Global Principles, Regional Action: Guiding Ecohealth Practice in Oceania

R Patrick, U Dietrich

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 808-812, EcoHealth, United States, C1

journal article

Governance for health in the Anthropocene

T Hancock, A Capon, U Dietrich, R Patrick

(2016), Vol. 21, pp. 245-262, International journal of health governance, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter

J Kingsley, R Patrick, P Horwitz, M Parkes, A Jenkins, C Massy, C Henderson-Wilson, K Arabena

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 12706-12722, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Promoting health, social and environmental justice in the context of health care practice

R Patrick, T Capetola

(2013), pp. 140-153, Looking within: finding an environmental justice and global citizenship lens, Oxford, England, B1-1

book chapter

A participatory action research project at the nexus of health promotion and sustainability in higher education

R Patrick, T Capetola, S Nuttman

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 67-80, Focus on health professional education: a multi-disciplinary journal, Adelaide, SA, C1-1

journal article

Core health promotion competencies in Australia : are they compatible with climate change action?

R Patrick, J Smith

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 28-33, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1

journal article

It's here! Are we ready? Five case studies of health promotion practices that address climate change from within Victorian health care settings

R Patrick, T Capetola

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 61-67, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1

journal article

'Out there gain' : an education for sustainability work integrated learning case study

R Patrick, T Capetola

(2011), pp. 1-27, Australasian journal of university-community engagement, Lismore, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Health promotion and climate change : exploring the core competencies required for action

R Patrick, T Capetola, M Townsend, S Nuttman

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 475-485, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice

R Patrick, T Capetola, M Townsend, L Hanna

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 277-289, Ecohealth, New York, N. Y., C1-1

journal article

Climate change in the kitchen and on the public health agenda

T Capetola, R Patrick, S Nuttman

(2009), pp. 16-18, Health issues, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

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 : an international journal of policy and research, Oxford, U.K., C1

journal article

Transferring learnt knowledge to practice : an example from the health promotion field

R Patrick, J Moore

(2008), WACE 2008 : Work integrated learning (WIL) : transforming futures : Proceedings of the 2008 WACE Asia Pacific Conference, Perth, Western Australia, E1


Multiple barriers to obtaining child support : experiences of women leaving violent partners

R Patrick, K Cook, A Taket

(2007), Vol. 45, pp. 21-29, Just policy : a journal of Australian social policy, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Sustainability & Health Promotion: Research Paper

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Ms Teresa Capetola

Sustainability Victoria

  • 2010: $9,989

Integrated Environmental Volunteering Initiative

Mr Matthew Ebden, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Dr Rebecca Patrick, A/Prof Claire Henderson-Wilson, Dr Lynne McLoughlin

NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage

  • 2017: $52,917
  • 2015: $105,834

Breathe Melbourne - A Citizen Science in Melbourne's Inner West Primary School.

Dr Kate Lycett, Prof Rachel Huxley, Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Yichao Wang, Prof Craig Olsson, Ms Joyce Cleary

Victorian Environment Protection Authority, Australian Government Department of Health, Department of Transport

  • 2023: $20,000
  • 2022: $74,950

Industry and Other Funding

Increase consumption and sales by developing community awareness and benefits of vegetables (scoping study)

Dr Rebecca Patrick, A/Prof Claire Henderson-Wilson

Horticulture Innovation Australia

  • 2017: $79,500


Principal Supervisor

Sonia Nuttman

Thesis entitled: From Paddock to Campus: Exploring the potential role of health promotion in addressing food security from an environmental sustainability perspective

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

Associate Supervisor

Johanna Donkers

Thesis entitled: Social Work and Climate Change: Narratives from Australian Practitioners

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