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Dr Shane Kavanagh



Lecturer in Public Health (Undergraduate)


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2016
Master of Public Health, Deakin University, 2011


Biography summary

Shane Kavanagh is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development and Course Director for the Master of Public Health. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in the community health sector as a Physiotherapist in both Australia and the UK. His research expertise includes the areas of men’s health, gender, gender inequality, social inequalities, multi-level modelling, systems thinking and community-based interventions

Research interests

social epidemiology; men's health; community interventions; systems thinking; health inequalities

Teaching interests

Epidemiology; Biostatisitics; Public Health; Social Epidemiology

Units taught

HBS108; HSH205; HSH216; HSH360: HSH725

Knowledge areas

Extensive expertise in community interventions; systems theory; men's health and gender; health inequalities; multilevel modelling; qualitative methods.


Oral Presentation at 15th World Congress on Public Health – Melbourne Australia, 2017: Does gender inequity increase the risk of poorer self-rated health in men? A multilevel analysis of United States data.


Resource Use in Community Health Programs – This project is a partnership between The Department of Health Tasmania and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. It takes a complex adaptive systems approach to explore the micro-infrastructure of resources necessary for community programs to reduce chronic disease risk.

Scoping Review of Gender Sensitive Approaches to Men’s Weight Loss – undertaken with Dieu Nguyen (Deakin University) and Daryll Archibald (University of Dundee, UK).

Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain – providing quantitative modelling advice for students based at Austin Hospital working with Prof. Sonia Grover at Mercy Health.

Scoping review of Men’s Mental Health in India with Dr Sumit Kumar, Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Scoping review of ‘Tribal’ people in India and vaccination – student project with Dr Sumit Kumar Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

How can pregnancy services better engage men? Project in collaboration with Dr Karen Wynter, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University

The impact of COVID-19 on pathology testing in Australia – student project with Prof Catherine Bennett, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University


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Individual and Community Experiences of Posttraumatic Growth After Disaster: 10 Years After the Australian Black Saturday Bushfires

Louise Harms, Robyn Molyneaux, Hanh Nguyen, David Pope, Karen Block, H Gallagher, Shane Kavanagh, Phoebe Quinn, Meaghan O'Donnell, Lisa Gibbs

(2024), Vol. 16, pp. 303-311, Psychological Trauma: theory, research, and practice, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

"I always felt like I wasn't supposed to be there". An international qualitative study of fathers' engagement in family healthcare during transition to fatherhood

Vanessa Watkins, Shane Kavanagh, Jacqui Macdonald, Bodil Rasmussen, Helle Maindal, Sarah Hosking, Karen Wynter

(2024), Vol. 130, pp. 1-10, Midwifery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Evaluation of the Community Health & Wellbeing Networks pilot project - Final report

Geraldine Marsh, Shane Kavanagh, Vanessa White, Virginia Lewis

(2024), Melbourne, A6-1

research report/technical paper

Health literacy among fathers and fathers-To-be: A multi-country, cross-sectional survey

K Wynter, V Watkins, S Kavanagh, S Hosking, B Rasmussen, H Maindal, J Macdonald

(2023), Vol. 38, Health Promotion International, C1

journal article

Evaluation of the Health and Wellbeing Networks pilot project - Key Stakeholder Interview and Kitchen Table Conversation Evaluation Data Report. Report for Health Consumers Tasmania.

Marsh Geraldine, Shane Kavanagh, Vanessa White, Virginia Lewis

(2023), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper

Can adaptation to 'extraordinary' times teach us about ways to strengthen community-based chronic disease prevention? Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic

V Loblay, K Garvey, A Shiell, S Kavanagh, P Hawe

(2022), Vol. 32, pp. 127-138, Critical Public Health, London, Eng, C1

journal article

Soft infrastructure: the critical community-level resources reportedly needed for program success

S Kavanagh, P Hawe, A Shiell, M Mallman, K Garvey

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-9, BMC Public Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Icing or cake? Grant competitions as a model for funding chronic disease prevention in Tasmania, Australia

V Loblay, K Garvey, A Shiell, S Kavanagh, P Hawe

(2022), Vol. 37, Health promotion international, England, C1

journal article

Pelvic pain: What are the symptoms and predictors for surgery, endometriosis and endometriosis severity

I Conroy, S Mooney, S Kavanagh, M Duff, I Jakab, K Robertson, A Fitzgerald, A Mccutchan, S Madden, S Maxwell, S Nair, N Origanti, A Quinless, K Mirowski-Allen, M Sewell, S Grover

(2021), Vol. 61, pp. 765-772, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Australia, C1

journal article

Evidence suggests a need to rethink social capital and social capital interventions

A Shiell, P Hawe, S Kavanagh

(2020), Vol. 257, Social Science and Medicine, England, C1

journal article

Factors that predict good Active Support in services for people with intellectual disabilities: a multilevel model

C Bigby, E Bould, T Iacono, S Kavanagh, J Beadle-Brown

(2020), Vol. 33, pp. 334-344, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, London, Eng., C1

journal article

How gender inequity impacts on men's health. An exploration of theoretical pathways

Shane Kavanagh, Melissa Graham

(2019), Vol. 2, pp. e11-e21, International journal of mens social and community health, [Canada], C1

journal article

Is gender inequity a risk factor for men reporting poorer self-rated health in the United States?

S Kavanagh, J Shelley, C Stevenson

(2018), Vol. 13, PLoS ONE, United States, C1

journal article

Does gender inequity increase men's mortality risk in the United States? A multilevel analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Mortality Study

S Kavanagh, J Shelley, C Stevenson

(2017), Vol. 3, pp. 358-365, SSM - Population Health, England, C1

journal article

Use of pregnancy counselling services in Australia 2007-2012

J Shelley, S Kavanagh, M Graham, C Mayes

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 77-81, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Effectiveness of Interventions delivered by local council to address the social determinants of health.

Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Adrian Cameron, Prof Tony LaMontagne, Dr Shane Kavanagh, Dr Christina Zorbas

The Sax Institute

  • 2019: $25,000

Student Mental Health Project with BUPA

Prof Tony LaMontagne, Prof Samantha Thomas, Dr Patrick Owen, Dr Shane Kavanagh


  • 2024: $12,500
  • 2023: $25,000
  • 2022: $15,000

Evaluation of the Health & Wellbeing Networks pilot project.

Dr Shane Kavanagh

Health Consumers Tasmania Ltd

  • 2023: $95,151
  • 2022: $15,779


No completed student supervisions to report