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.
Health promotion in a climate-effected world
Ecological determinants of health
Nature-based health interventions
Climate change, nature and mental health
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)
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.
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
Health promotion, public health, climate change, sustainability, ecological determinants of health, mental health, community engagement, health-related education for 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
ABC national and regional radio and news
RRR Radio Marinara
House of Wellness
3CR Community Radio
Twitter: @hnsrg_deakin @bekpatrick
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).
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
A Seth, J Maxwell, C Dey, C Feuvre, R Patrick
(2023), Vol. 52, pp. 263-268, Australian Journal of General Practice, C1-1
R Patrick, C Henderson-Wilson, M Ebden
(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 57-67, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, London, England, C1
Sue Noy, Rebecca Patrick, Teresa Capetola, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Jian Chin, Tony LaMontagne
(2022), pp. 1-10, Global Health Promotion, London, Eng., C1
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
H Gunasiri, Y Wang, T Capetola, C Henderson-Wilson, R Patrick
(2022), Vol. 19, pp. 149-153, EcoHealth, United States, C1
R Patrick, T Snell, H Gunasiri, R Garad, G Meadows, J Enticott
(2022), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, England, C1
T Capetola, S Noy, R Patrick
(2022), Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1
Hasini Gunasiri, Rebecca Patrick, Tristan Snell, Rhonda Garad, Joanne Enticott, Graham Meadows, Claire Henderson-Wilson
(2022), Vol. 6, LANCET PLANETARY HEALTH, C1
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
G Langmaid, R Patrick, J Kingsley, J Lawson
(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 8-21, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1
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
S Noy, T Capetola, R Patrick
(2021), Vol. 22, pp. 854-869, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, C1
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
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
R Patrick, C Henderson-Wilson, J Lawson, T Capetola, A Shaw, M Davison, A Freeman
(2021), Global Health Promotion, England, C1
S Nuttman, R Patrick, M Townsend, J Lawson
(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 68-76, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1
T Hancock, P Desai, R Patrick
(2020), Vol. 4, pp. 180-192, Cities & Health, London, Eng., C1
S Nuttman, R Patrick, M Townsend
(2020), Vol. 35, pp. 1601-1611, Health Promotion International, England, C1
R Patrick, J Kingsley
(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 82-92, Global health promotion, London, Eng., C1
S Noy, R Patrick, C Henderson-Wilson, S Nuttman, I Ryan
(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 52-61, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1
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
L Ayres, R Patrick, T Capetola
(2018), Vol. 26, pp. 65-67, Australian Journal of Rural Health, Australia, C1
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
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
S Noy, R Patrick, T Capetola, J McBurnie
(2017), Vol. 33, pp. 97-118, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, C1
R Patrick, S Noy, C Henderson-Wilson
(2016), Vol. 54, pp. 34-49, International journal of health promotion and education, London, Eng., C1
R Patrick, J Kingsley
(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 36-42, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., C1
R Patrick, J Kingsley, T Capetola
(2016), Vol. 32, pp. 192-205, Australian journal of environmental education, Cambridge, Eng., C1
R Patrick, U Dietrich
(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 808-812, EcoHealth, United States, C1
T Hancock, A Capon, U Dietrich, R Patrick
(2016), Vol. 21, pp. 245-262, International journal of health governance, Bingley, Eng., C1
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
R Patrick, T Capetola
(2013), pp. 140-153, Looking within: finding an environmental justice and global citizenship lens, Oxford, England, B1-1
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
R Patrick, J Smith
(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 28-33, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1
R Patrick, T Capetola
(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 61-67, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, Qld., C1
R Patrick, T Capetola
(2011), pp. 1-27, Australasian journal of university-community engagement, Lismore, N.S.W., C1
R Patrick, T Capetola, M Townsend, S Nuttman
(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 475-485, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1
R Patrick, T Capetola, M Townsend, L Hanna
(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 277-289, Ecohealth, New York, N. Y., C1-1
T Capetola, R Patrick, S Nuttman
(2009), pp. 16-18, Health issues, Melbourne, Vic., C1
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
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
R Patrick, K Cook, A Taket
(2007), Vol. 45, pp. 21-29, Just policy : a journal of Australian social policy, Collingwood, Vic., C1
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, 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
Australian Government Department of Health, Victorian Environment Protection Authority, 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
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
Thesis entitled: Social Work and Climate Change: Narratives from Australian Practitioners
Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health and Social Development