Social, cultural and behavioural determinants of health

Social, cultural and behavioural determinants of health

Social science theories and methods help illuminate the causes of health and health inequalities linked to social processes, power differences and the distribution of resources.

We seek to understand how health and social change is experienced and produced throughout the lifecourse in individuals and in populations.

Multi-disciplinary teams conduct interventions and observational research on showing the social processes influencing poor health, health behaviours and behavioural change strategies to improve health. 


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Project Status
(S)WASH-D for WORMS Completed
2014 Ebola Epidemic outbreak control (West Africa) Current
A framing and discourse analysis of media and policy reports on Australia's response to the Ebola crisis in 2013–14 Potential
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and tobacco control Potential
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease management models Potential
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural determinants of health and wellbeing Potential
Absolute Risk Approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cardiovascular Disease Current
Access to recent mental health seminars by CMHR Learning and Development Unit Current
Adolescent time pressure and impact on health and health behaviour Potential
Ageing Health and Wellbeing in China and India Completed
Ageing in China and Australia: Promoting health, productivity and wellbeing Current
Ageing-in-Place for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Current
Alcohol and other drug use and domestic and family violence Potential
Assessing mental health Current
Atlas of Mental Health Care Current
Attitudes to suicide Current
Attitudes, ageing & intergenerational relations Current
Breaking the ice Completed
Built environment characteristics and common mental health disorders (Depression and anxiety) Current
BUPA Project - Simulation modelling to guide mental health Current
Bushfire smoke and health protection Current
Cancer survivorship Potential
Cancer survivorship: large-scale data on person-centred outcomes Current
Caregiving among older persons in Asia Potential
Chronic disease and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including tobacco Current
Consumer experience of General Practice in the ACT Potential
CVD risk, prevention and implementation Current
Early onset mental disorders and education disruption Current
Epidemiology of suicidal behaviour Current
Estimation of the population of domestic violence offenders Completed
Experiences and impacts of discrimination among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults in Australia Current
GLOCAL (Global and Local Observation and mapping of CAre Levels) Current
Health impacts of tobacco Potential
Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Potential
Hotspots of dementia risk in Australian communities: an approach to better targeting preventive interventions Completed
Identifying determinants of childhood primary health care coverage and uptake in humanitarian crises Potential
Impact of neighbourhood social fragmentation on mental health outcomes Current
Large-scale data to improve Aboriginal child health: seeding success and beyond Completed
Lifestyle influences of healthy ageing and chronic disease: Longitudinal predictors Current
Linked data for better health: Quantifying, monitoring and understanding variation in health and health care in the population Potential
Mayi Kuwayu: the National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Current
Medical students' attitudes to people who use drugs Potential
Mental health across the transition to parenthood Current
Methamphetamine use in the ACT
Models of care for patients with drug resistant TB - what works? Potential
Multiple Sclerosis Vitamin D Metabolites Study Current
National Survey of Attitudes to cognitive health and lifestyle Current
Pharmacists provision of harm reduction service to people who use illicit drugs Potential
PhoCIS Study (led at Telethon Kids Institute) Current
Pre-school based intervention to address domestic violence and alcohol misuse (Sri Lanka) Current
PrevANZ Study (led at University of Melbourne) Current
Preventive therapy for tuberculosis among people with diabetes Potential
Productive Ageing in Australia and Asia Current
Smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: health impacts, associated factors, and trends over time Current
Social fragmentation and Cancer risk and survival Current
Social fragmentation and dementia risk Current
Social fragmentation, mental health and eating disorders Current
Social security systems in relation to healthcare cost and utilisation, health status, and health behaviours in different populations in China and Australia Current
Social, cultural and health service determinants of adolescent family planning uptake in humanitarian crises Potential
Socio-economic and life course determinants of healthy and productive ageing in Australia and China Potential
Socioeconomic determinants of health and wellbeing across the life course: Australian and English comparisons Current
Sources of Strength Australia Current
Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health Current
Suicide Stigma, Suicide Literacy and Help-Seeking Attitudes and Intentions in Parents Current
Sustainable Farms Initiative Current
Systematic review and meta analysis on loss to follow up during TB treatment Potential
Systematic review of Bayesian network decision support tools in clinical medicine and/or public health Completed
Systematic review of patient autonomy and preferences related to genomics Potential
Systematic review on the role of social protection and TB Potential
TB in pregnancy and the post partum period Potential
Thai Health-Risk Transition Project Current
The Ausimmune and AusLong Studies Current
The effectiveness, acceptability and cost effectiveness of the 'BALatrine' Current
The impact of built and social environment characteristics on dementia risk Current
The Influence of Parenting Practices, Knowledge and Attitudes on Help-seeking Intentions for Child Anxiety Current
The Magic Glasses Research Programme Current
The public health impact of COVID-19 in Latin America Webinar Series Completed
The Solomon Islands TB patient cost survey Potential
Time series analysis of TB notifications in Australia and description of historical TB control policies Potential
Uni Virtual Clinic Current
Validation of methods related to sunscreen use in Australian Adults Potential
Variation in CVD risk, incidence, care and outcomes Current
Variation in fatal burden of disease, preventive CVD care and end-of-life care Current
WASH for WORMS Current
Work and mental health Current
Work intensity and health Potential
Work, family life stressors and Common Mental Disorders in Australia Current
Working time and type of work, and impact on workers' sleep Current
Working Well, Working Wisely Current
Workplace discrimination during pregnancy/return to work and mothers' mental health Potential
Young adults: work, study and wellbeing Potential