DR Melanie Davern

DR Melanie Davern


  • Quality of Life and Wellbeing: Individual Subjective Wellbeing, Community, National and International, Community Indicators Victoria, Planning (Social and Health Indicators, Subjective Wellbeing, Community Wellbeing, Social and Community Planning, Liveability)



  • Dr Melanie Davern is Director of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) at the McCaughey VicHealth Unit of Community Wellbeing, which is located within the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population & Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests focus on community and individual wellbeing with specific expertise in policy focussed research, and the development and use of community wellbeing indicators as a measurement tool for policy development, program evaluation and community engagement. Melanie has extensive expertise in the development and construction of community wellbeing indicators, worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about using data as a catalyst for action.   


Member of

  • Community Indicators Consortium. Member 2012 -
  • International Society of Quality of Life Studies. Member 2003 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Full Member 1996 -
  • Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria. Full Member 1996 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, Deakin University 2005
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Deakin University 1995

Awards and honors

  • Knowledge Translation Achievement, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Impact Award, Community Indicators Consortium, 2012



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Broad interests in a range of public health and urban planning issues related to individual and community wellbeing with a special interest in subjective wellbeing and positive mental health outcomes.