Melanie works for the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and is a visitor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).
Until recently Melanie was a Research Fellow at RegNet, working on the HE2 project - a systems approach to healthy and equitable eating project with Professor Sharon Friel. Prior to joining RegNet she spent eight years in Perth at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Across this time she worked at the Graduate School of Management, UWA Business School, and the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health.
For her doctoral thesis, she completed a qualitative study exploring the factors affecting food provision behaviours in disadvantaged families with overweight or obese children.
She has worked in the areas of child obesity prevention, health promotion, seniors’ mental health, alcohol warning statement labelling, alcohol use in teenagers, nutrition literacy, Indigenous health behaviour, workplace health promotion and evaluation, health policy development, and qualitative research methodologies.
Research interests: Social determinants of health; health equity; public health nutrition; health promotion; health policy; obesity prevention; Indigenous health; vulnerable populations; workplace health promotion and evaluation; and social marketing
Research projects: HE2: A Systems Approach to Healthy and Equitable Eating, NHMRC