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.
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Social Benefits Of The Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project – Stage 1 Research
Urban forest governance and decision-making: A systematic review and synthesis of the pers..
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Longitudinal evidence of the impact of dog ownership and dog walking on mental health.
Y Cui, M Russell, M Davern, H Christian
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Public Health
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence supports the physical health and social benefits of dog ownership. This study examined the longitudi..
Urban forest governance and decision-making: A systematic review and synthesis of the perspectives of municipal managers
Camilo Ordonez, Caragh G Threlfall, Dave Kendal, Dieter F Hochuli, Melanie Davern, Richard A Fuller, Rodney van der Ree, Stephen J Livesley
Journal article | 2019 | Landscape and Urban Planning
What is the meaning of urban liveability for a city in a low-to-middle-income country? Contextualising liveability for Bangkok, Thailand
Amanda Alderton, Melanie Davern, Kornsupha Nitvimol, Iain Butterworth, Carl Higgs, Elizabeth Ryan, Hannah Badland
Journal article | 2019 | Globalization and Health
Using spatial measures to test a conceptual model of social infrastructure that supports health and wellbeing
Melanie Davern, Lucy Gunn, Carolyn Whitzman, Carl Higgs, Billie Giles-Corti, Koen Simons, Karen Villanueva, Suzanne Mavoa, Rebecca Roberts, Hannah Badland
Journal article | 2017 | Cities & Health
Indicators of a health-promoting local food environment: a conceptual framework to inform urban planning policy and practice
Maureen Murphy, Hannah Badland, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Thomas Astell-Burt, Georgina Trapp, Karen Villanueva, Suzanne Mavoa, Melanie Davern, Billie Giles-Corti
Journal article | 2017 | Health Promotion Journal of Australia
The contribution of organised sports to physical activity in Australia: Results and directions from the Active Healthy Kids Australia 2014 Report Card on physical activity for children and young people
Stewart A Vella, Natasha K Schranz, Melanie Davern, Louise L Hardy, Andrew P Hills, Philip J Morgan, Ronald C Plotnikoff, Grant Tomkinson
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Australia and Other Nations Are Failing to Meet Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children: Implications and a Way Forward
Leon Straker, Erin Kaye Howie, Dylan Paul Cliff, Melanie T Davern, Lina Engelen, Sjaan R Gomersall, Jenny Ziviani, Natasha K Schranz, Tim Olds, Grant Ryan Tomkinson
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Urban liveability: Emerging lessons from Australia for exploring the potential for indicators to measure the social determinants of health
Hannah Badland, Carolyn Whitzman, Melanie Lowe, Melanie Davern, Lu Aye, Iain Butterworth, Dominique Hes, Billie Giles-Corti
Journal article | 2014 | Social Science & Medicine
Results from Australia’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
N Schranz, T Olds, D Cliff, M Davern, L Engelen, B Giles-Corti, S Gomersall, L Hardy, K Hesketh, A Hills, D Lubans, D Macdonald, R Macniven, P Moran, T Okely, AM Parish, R Plotnikoff, T Shilton, L Straker, A Timperio, et al.
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Description and psychometric properties of the CP QOL-Teen: A quality of life questionnaire for adolescents with cerebral palsy
Elise Davis, Andrew Mackinnon, Melanie Davern, Roslyn Boyd, India Bohanna, Elizabeth Waters, H Kerr Graham, Susan Reid, Dinah Reddihough
Journal article | 2013 | Research in Developmental Disabilities
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Knowledge Translation Achievement
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Community Indicators Consortium
International Society of Quality of Life Studies
Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria
Australian Psychological Society
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Science (Honours)