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Dr Rebecca Patrick



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Melbourne Burwood Campus


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


Research interests

Rebecca has inter-related research interests:

  • Health promotion practice in a climate-effected world
  • ecological determinants of health
  • Health and nature co-benefit interventions
  • Climate change and mental health
  • Health, sustainability and urban development
  • Evaluation indicators for health, climate and sustainability
  • Scholarship of tertiary education including experiential learning, reflective practice and work integrated learning.
  • Health-related education for sustainability



Vice President, Climate and Health Alliance

Member, Australian Health Promotion Association 

Associate Editor, Health Promotion Journal of Australia

Co-lead Health Sustainability Research Group, Deakin University

Member, Oceania Ecohealth Chapter

Committee Delegate, Fairhaven Lifesaving Club

Former Director, Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)


Teaching interests

Health Promotion, Public Health, Environmental Health, Health Protection, Health and Sustainability, Cllimate Change and Health

Work Integrated Learning, Authentic Assessment, Reflective Practice, Interdisciplinary Learning, Health-related Education for Sustainability 

Units taught

Unit Chair, HSH755 Postgraduate Health Practicum

Unit Chair, HSH715/915 Qualitative Health Research

Unit Chair, HSH731 - 734 Masters Minor and Major Research Projects

Unit Chair, HSH703 Health Promotion

Unit Chair, HSH705 Needs Assessment and Program Planning

Unit Chair, HSH736 Community Engagement and Participation 

Former Unit Chair, HSH303 Public Health - Health Promotion Practicum

Former Unit Chair, HSH322 Health Sciences Practicum

Former Unit Chair, HSH211 Australian Healthcare System

Former Unit Chair, HSH212 Professional Practice

Former Unit Chair, HSH201 Program Planning and Evaluation

Knowledge areas

Public health, health promotion, climate change, environmental sustainability, social and ecological determinants of health, mental health, health-related education for sustainability.

climate-health research and policy, needs assessment, community engagement, program planning and evaluation, training and education, professional practice.


Health and wellbeing; primary prevention; climate change and mental health; planetary health; gender and health; social justice and equity; community engagement.
  • Health and wellbeing


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, and 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

Research groups

Deakin University, Health Nature Sustainability research group


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


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. 

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

S Noy, R Patrick, T Capetola, C Henderson-Wilson, J Chin, A LaMontagne

(2022), Global Health Promotion, 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

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

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

Sonia Nuttman, Rebecca Patrick, Mardie Townsend, Justin Lawson

(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 68-76, Health promotion journal Australia, Chichester, Eng., 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, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Applying the Mandala of Health in the Anthropocene

G Langmaid, R Patrick, J Kingsley, J Lawson

(2020), pp. 1-14, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Hoboken, NJ, 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

Sue Noy, Rebecca Patrick, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Sonia Nuttman, Isabella Ryan

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 52-61, Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., 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, London, Eng., 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 Mc Burnie

(2017), Vol. 33, pp. 97-118, Australian journal of environmental education, Cambridge, Eng., 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, Berlin, Germany, 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

  • 2010: $9,989

Integrated Environmental Volunteering Initiative

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

  • 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

  • 2022: $54,950

Industry and Other Funding

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

Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Claire Henderson-Wilson

  • 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