MISS Dana Young

MISS Dana Young


  • Public health (Nutritional health, child resilience, child mental health promotion, social inclusion)



  • My research interests are in community based public health/health promotion with a particular interest in health promotion for disease prevention and social inclusion for vulnerable groups, working on a social determinants of health model to help facilitate behaviour change for health improvement within the population. I have a strong interest in working in a participatory way for all relevant stakeholders to contribute to health improvements in the population. I have equal interest and skill in quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

    I have experience in maintaining relationships and community engagement through liaising with multiple partner organisations on a large scale culturally competent child oral health promotion study, facilitating data collection sessions with culturally diverse target groups and coordinating the research activities of a peer led community education intervention. 

    I hope to continue in the child health space, generating evidence and best practice guidelines for health promotion practice in the community. 

    Current Projects

    What's Cooking? The assessment of the long term impacts of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project

    The Pursuit of Wellbeing Project: An NHMRC Yooralla partnership project 'Trialling an intervention to support the wellbeing of parents of children with a disability and staff'

    Count Me In: Promoting social inclusion for refugee and migrant background youth by sports participation

    The evaluation of Kids as Catalyst
    Past projects:

    The evaluation of Ucan2

    Teeth Tales: An exploratory trial implementing a community-based child oral health promotion intervention for Australian families from refugee and migrant backgrounds

    Evaluation of the delivery of Jamie's Ministry of Food in Victoria



Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Young D. NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship 2018 - 2021 $87,302 Young, D. Centre for Health Equity (CHE), MSPGH, University of Melbourne, Travel Support Scheme. $2000 Block K, Young D, Gibbs L. Count Me In: Promoting sports participation for migrant and refugee background young people. VicHealth Innovation Grants 2017 – 2019, $200,000 Gibbs L, Block K, Moore L, Ukoumunne O, Carpenter L, Staiger P, Young D, Lok M. SAKG – Assessment of long term impacts. Medibank, 2017-2018, $156,000 Block K, Young D, Gibbs L. Count Me In: Promoting sports participation for migrant and refugee background young people. Moreland City Council 2017 – 2018, $30,000 Block K, Young D, Gibbs L. Count Me In: Participation in sport for migrant and refugee background youth, Melbourne Engagement Grant $10,000, April 2017 Block K. Gibbs L. Young D. Quay J. Count Me In: Promoting wellbeing and inclusion through sports participation for migrant and refugee-background young people, Melbourne Social Equity Institute Interdisciplinary Seed Funding 2016, $20,000 Block K, Young D, Gibbs L. Count Me In: Promoting participation in sports for migrant and refugee children and youth, Moreland City Council Community Grants $5,000, June 2016    


Education and training

  • MPH, Deakin University 2011
  • BHNut, University of Canberra 2007

Awards and honors

  • NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018
  • Winner: Building Health through Sports Award 2017, VicHealth, 2017
  • Project/Team award for Count Me In, Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, 2017
  • Centre for Health Equity Travel Scholarship, 2016
  • Coralie Mathews in Memorium Award, Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, 2016
  • Brockhoff Excellence Award 2013, Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, 2013



Available for supervision

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