Dr Patrick is a Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion, the joint lead of the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group, School of Health and Social Development and co-ordinator of the health and sustainability major pathways at Deakin University, Melbourne. Dr Rebecca Patrick has BAppSc (Honours), PhD and Grad Cert Higher Ed.
Dr Patrick has a PhD in health promotion and climate change and is the Vice President of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA). In the last 8 years she has received funding as chief investigator for 10 grants including contracts with the Institute for Global Health, NSW Government, Sustainability Victoria and Department of Health and Humans Services. She specialises in evaluating health promotion and sustainability community interventions including evaluating community gardens and Men’s Shed and is currently working on an international project to modify/rescale the global happy planet index to a local/regional level. In the last 5 years, she has held positions on the Board of the Australian Society for Health and Medical Research (ASMR) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Educations’ Climate Change and Urbanisation Expert Advisory Group. Previous to her work at Deakin University she worked for 10 years as a health promotion practitioner and consultant in varied research, policy and service delivery roles in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. A common theme in her career has been working in women’s and community health including health promotion projects targeting children and adolescents within primary and secondary school settings.