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. 


Academic staff

Professional staff

  • Executive Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program
  • Mayi Kuwayu Study Manager - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program

Visiting staff



Project Status
(S)WASH-D for WORMS Completed
2014 Ebola Epidemic outbreak control (West Africa) Current
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and tobacco control Current
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
Addressing the hour-glass ceiling: New case for action on gender equality Current
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
An exploration of the experiences and perceptions of young people with type 1 diabetes mellitus and their parents regarding young people’s transition to independent self-management Current
Anaemia among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and women in Australia: Assessing risk factors and control strategy Current
Assessing mental health Current
Attitudes to suicide Current
Attitudes, ageing & intergenerational relations Current
Barriers to and enablers of participating in the NBCSP among migrant Current
Breaking the ice Completed
Bushfire smoke and health protection Current
Cancer survivorship Potential
Cancer survivorship: large-scale data on person-centred outcomes Current
Chronic disease and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including tobacco Current
Comparative performance of migrant vs non-migrant doctors in OECD countries: a systematic review Current
Consumer experience of General Practice in the ACT Current
Conversations about life, health and safety: Social supports for young construction workers' health and safety Current
CVD risk, prevention and implementation Current
Early onset mental disorders and education disruption Current
Enhancing chronic disease screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 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
Family time pressure and impact on health and health behaviour 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 Current
Identifying determinants of childhood primary health care coverage and uptake in humanitarian crises Potential
Large-scale data to improve Aboriginal child health: seeding success and beyond Completed
Lifestyle influences of healthy ageing and chronic disease: Longitudinal predictors Current
Mayi Kuwayu: the National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Current
Measuring inequalities in mortality Current
Mental health across the transition to parenthood Current
Mental health modelling - Impact of Covid19 on psychological distress and mental health service use Current
Methamphetamine use in the ACT
Migrants and Health system literacy Current
National Survey of Attitudes to cognitive health and lifestyle Current
Nutrition in rural Bali and Central Java Current
Policy review: out-of-pocket payments for health care and medicines - national and international contexts Current
Pre-school based intervention to address domestic violence and alcohol misuse (Sri Lanka) Current
Productive Ageing in Australia and Asia Current
Protective pathways for preventing suicide Current
Risk factors for malnutrition in resource-poor countries Potential
Sleep quality rating and mental health Current
Smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: health impacts, associated factors, and trends over time 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
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 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
Tackling Indigenous Smoking Current
Thai Health-Risk Transition Project Current
The effectiveness, acceptability and cost effectiveness of the 'BALatrine' Current
The Influence of Parenting Practices, Knowledge and Attitudes on Help-seeking Intentions for Child Anxiety Current
The Magic Glasses Research Programme Current
Understanding information needs about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination program among migrants in Australia Current
Uni Virtual Clinic Current
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 characteristics, major life events, shocks to health, sleep quality and mental health Current
Work intensity and health Current
Work, family life stressors and Common Mental Disorders in Australia Current
Work, nutrition, sleep, exercise inequality, and health outcomes Current
Working longer, staying healthy and keeping productive 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 Current