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

    NHMRC Yooralla partnership project 'Trialling an intervention to support the wellbeing of parents of children with a disability and staff wellbeing: Partnership with Yooralla'

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

    The evaluation of Ucan2

    The evaluation of Kids as Catalyst
    Past projects:

    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

    Recent Publications
    Truong M, Gibbs L, Pradel V, Morris M, Gwatirisa P, Tadic M, de Silva A, Hall M, Young D, Riggs E, Calache H, Gussy M, Watt RG, Gondal I, W


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Education and training

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

Awards and honors

  • 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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