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Biography

Rachel is currently Professor of Health Research with over 20 years of research experience in areas related to physical activity for the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Rachel has extensive experience of conducting large-scale trials in both clinical and community settings in the area of physical activity, health and disease prevention. More recently, Rachel has focused on the use and development of ecological models that emphasize multiple levels of influence on health behaviours. She has designed and led large-scale community interventions that have resulted in sustained behaviour change and improved health. Rachel has also led pioneering research that takes an ecological approach to sustaining and improving health, such as the United Kingdom Medical Research Council funded project "An ecological approach to promoting health-enhancing physical activity in a deprived inner-city population" that involved detailed mapping of the environment and evaluation of the relationship between environment, physical activity and health and health outcomes. Her research takes an integrated urban ecosystem approach to evaluating the influences of the built, natural and social environments on health behaviours, health and health outcomes. Rachel currently collaborates with the international team of researchers in the 12 country IPEN study that aims to pool data from over 14000 participants across the globe to better our understanding of environmental correlates of physical activity and obesity. Empirical findings from this trans-national research on these complex interactions will help inform policy and practice for future urban design http://www.ipenproject.org/IPEN_adult.html

Research Interests

Rachel's research interests focus on policy-relevant research in areas related to physical activity for health and wellbeing and on the design, delivery and evaluation of complex public health interventions. Rachel is currently undertaking research across a number of areas, including:

 

  • Exploring the inter-relationship between individuals and neighbourhoods in social, cultural and physical (built and natural) environments and their impact on health and health outcomes
  • Primary and secondary prevention programs for cardiovascular disease
  • Population base modeling of changes in risk factors for chronic disease and potential cost savings
  • Evaluation of primary healthcare provision in the aged care sector
  • Physical activity in school children
  • Indigenous tobacco control
  • Knowledge translation networks

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Projects 2008 2020

Collaborative Evaluation, Research And Planning Panel 2015

BROWN, L., BURROUGHS, S., CAFFERY, J., DAVEY, R., DAVIS, J., EVANS, M., GEORGES, A., JORGENSEN, R., MCCALLUM, K., OBRIEN, P., OBRIEN, P., TANTON, R., TAYLOR, A. & UPTON, P.

12/04/168/03/19

Project: Other

National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking

DAVEY, R., Abbott, T., Allen, L., Coopert, L., EVANS, M., Fisher, S., Thornton, A. & UPTON, P.

Ninti One Limited

18/02/1630/06/18

Project: OtherResearch

Research Output 1997 2018

Clinical Name Entity Recognition Based on Recurrent Neural Networks

LUU, T. M., PHAN, R., DAVEY, R. & CHETTY, G. 2 Jul 2018 Proceedings 2018 18th International Conference on Computational Science and Applications (ICCSA). Melbourne, VIC, Australia: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Recurrent neural networks
Nursing
Network architecture
Learning systems
Deep learning

Moving to an active lifestyle? A systematic review of the effects of residential relocation on walking, physical activity and travel behaviour

Ding, D., Nguyen, B., Learnihan, V., Bauman, A. E., Davey, R., Jalaludin, B. & Gebel, K. Jun 2018 In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 52, 12, p. 789-799 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Walking
Longitudinal Studies
Life Style
Literature
Meta-Analysis
Anxiety
Depression
Light
Waist-Hip Ratio
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Optimizing Gestational Weight Gain With the Eating4Two Smartphone App: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

Davis, D., Davey, R., Williams, L. T., Foureur, M., Nohr, E., Knight-Agarwal, C., Lawlis, T., Oats, J., Skouteris, H. & Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M. 30 May 2018 In : JMIR Research Protocols. 7, 5, p. e146

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Weight Gain
Randomized Controlled Trials
Pregnancy
Prenatal Care
Social Class

Stakeholder perspectives about general practice pharmacists in the Australian Capital Territory: A qualitative pilot study

Deeks, L. S., Kosari, S., Naunton, M., Cooper, G., Porritt, J., Davey, R., Dawda, P., Goss, J. & Kyle, G. 1 Jan 2018 In : Australian Journal of Primary Health. 24, 3, p. 263-272 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Australian Capital Territory
Pharmacists
General Practice
Pharmacies
Financial Management