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Australian Centre for Health Engagement, Evidence and Values

Innovative social research

Making health systems and decisions more inclusive and democratic.

In health services and health policy, there are often uncertainties, contests and conflicts. This can be because the evidence is not sufficient to guide action, because there are value differences between stakeholders or both. We are a specialist team with a set of skills unique in the health policy and practice landscape in Australia. We offer a combination of values‐oriented social research, deliberation and public engagement. These approaches can:

  1. Generate new understanding of uncertainties, contests and conflicts in health;
  2. Facilitate meaningful engagement with important health issues by a diverse set of stakeholders;
  3. Produce action‐guiding recommendations for decision‐makers and practitioners.

Society, ethics and COVID-19

Take a look at our first installment of the seminar series titled "Society, ethics and COVID-19" | First Session: Is the public profile of COVID-19 skewing policy and clinical decision making? Presented by Dr Yves Aquino |Second Session: Have Australians become more accepting of surveillance after COVID-19? Presented by Dr Chris Degeling

Watch the recording

Our Research

We do deliberative, qualitative and conceptual research about contentious, controversial or challenging issues in public health and health services.

Our areas of speciality include;

  • Issues in health technology (digital health, artificial intelligence in relation to health, health and the internet-of-things, health technology assessment, data analytics)
  • Overdiagnosis and overtreatment
  • Infectious disease control (pandemics, emerging diseases, zoonoses)
  • Health and the human-animal-environment
  • Disaster management preparedness for humans and their animals
  • Aging (technology and aging, animals and the elderly, overdiagnosis and overtreatment of illness in old age)
  • Health inequalities and inequities (social justice, health justice for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, cultural safety, inclusion and marginalisation)
  • Methodological research in deliberative democracy and empirical ethics 

ACHEEV is an outward-looking research centre. We collaborate with communities, organisations, individuals and other researchers on areas of common interest, locally, nationally and internationally. If you are interested in community engagement, public engagement and research activities related to health and wellbeing, we would love to hear from you.

Our team

Visiting Fellow

Dr Jacqueline Street 

Dr Anthony Brown

Dr Julie Mooney-Somers

Research Assistant

Belinda Fabrianesi
Kathleen Prokopovich
Lucy Carolan 
Julie Hall

Cheryl Travers
PhD: Emergency services and pet owners: assigning and taking responsibility for pets in natural disasters

Kathleen Prokopovich
PhD: Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in school-based vaccination for Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Mina Motamedi
PhD: A retrospective and prospective study of the controversy regarding surgically implanted transvaginal mesh. 

Saniya Singh
 Psychosocial factors that affect antimicrobial prescribing in residential aged-cares in Australia

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