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Communities, People and Health Research Group

The Communities, People and Health Research Group (CPHRG) is interested in the social context of health and community perspectives on health and wellbeing. This encompasses engaging with the individuals, institutions and organisations that make up our communities.

Our research focuses on how communities respond to health issues and participate in healthcare, with a particular emphasis on public health. We aim to ensure that the views and experiences of community members, including patients, consumers and stakeholders, are included in health research, policy and service delivery. We are particularly interested in the way culture intersects with: health behaviours, health providers, and health policy and the provision of, and access to, health services. We explore how these factors influence health outcomes for people and their communities.

Our methodological expertise includes both qualitative and quantitative methods, and our researchers often use a mixture of these in the research context and in the evaluation of health services and policy.

Our research explores:

  • public understandings of health and health interventions
  • health in a diversity of communities and people
  • health and health understandings in vulnerable communities.

Our research interests include:

  • counselling and psychotherapy
  • end of life care
  • gender and health
  • health promotion behaviours, risk management and public health interventions
  • health services research, including in the context of developing countries
  • inclusive policy-making
  • international health
  • public perceptions of alcohol consumption and related policy
  • public understandings of health and risk
  • vulnerable communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with advanced chronic disease.

Our researchers have extensive experience working with international, national and state governments as well as a number of different NGOs and community based organisations.

Acting lead researcher: Dr Teresa Burgess

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree with us?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.