Aimee Brownbill

Aimee Brownbill

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Postgraduate Student

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Aimee Brownbill is a PhD candidate with The University of Adelaide School of Public Health and SAHMRI Health Policy Centre, supervised by Professor Caroline Miller and Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer.

Aimee’s current research is on the topic of sugary beverages, an area of increasing interest due to the negative health effects that are a consequent of over consumption. Her research explores the marketing techniques used by beverage companies to drive sales of these products. In particular, Aimee’s research explores how the portrayal of sugary drinks as healthy, or as better-for-you, influences consumer perceptions and consumption of these products. Through her research, Aimee hopes to inform public health interventions and policies that aim to reduce population consumption of sugary beverages.

Aimee is an active member of the Australian public health community. She is currently on the Board of the Public Health Association of Australia and the South Australian Branch’s Executive Committee.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    2016 Research Assistant South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2015 - 2015 Academic Tutor and Mentor University of Adelaide
    2015 Academic Marker University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Research Award South Australian Cardiovascular Research Showcase Population Health Poster Prize Heart Foundation and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Australia
    2018 Award Capacity Building Award Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2018 Nomination Best Poster Presentation - Award Finalist Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2017 Award Best Health Promotion Presentation 2017 SA Population Health Conference Australian Health Promotion Association Australia
    2017 Scholarship The Ian Wilson Liberal Research Scholarship University of Adelaide
    2015 Scholarship Travel Scholarship South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Australia
    2015 Award Dean's Certificate of Merit Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Scholarship The University of Adelaide Honours Scholarships University of Adelaide
    2015 Award Bachelor of Health Sciences Health Promotion Major Award University of Adelaide
    2015 Award Bachelor of Health Sciences Nutrition Major Award University of Adelaide
    2014 Award Australian Health Promotion Association Student Health Promotion Prize Australian Health Promotion Association
    2014 Scholarship Australian Health Promotion Association National Conference Scholarship Australian Health Promotion Association
    2010 Award Sr Joan Barry College Dux Award Mount Carmel College
    2010 Award The Order of Australia Association Student Citizenship Award South Australian Branch of The Order of Australia Association
    2009 Award Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award Saint Vincent de Paul Society
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2015 - 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences
    2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor Degree of Health Sciences
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2017 Health Promotion Social Media School 6 Week E-Cour Zockmelon Consulting
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Brownbill, A., Braunack-Mayer, A., & Miller, C. (2019). Health Star Ratings: What's on the labels of Australian beverages?. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 30(1), 114-118.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2019 Wright, K., Dono, J., Brownbill, A., Pearson, O., Bowden, J., Wycherley, T., . . . Miller, C. (2019). Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, correlates and interventions among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: a scoping review. BMJ Open, 9(2), e023630-1-e023630-15.
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    2018 Brownbill, A., Miller, C., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2018). Industry use of ‘better-for-you’ features on labels of sugar-containing beverages. Public Health Nutrition, 21(18), 1-9.
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    2018 Piggott, T., Agarwa, A., Brownbill, A., Buron, A., Buttigieg, S., Choonara, S., . . . Vouking, M. (2018). The Future of Public Health: Engaging Students and Young Professionals. Journal of Public Health Policy [The Federation's Pages].
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    2018 Brownbill, A., Miller, C. L., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2018). The marketing of sugar‐sweetened beverages to young people on Facebook. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(4), 354-360.
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    2018 Moore, M., McKee, M., & Brownbill, A. (2018). Protecting our children from obesity: challenges and opportunities. The Medical journal of Australia, 209(6), 253-254.
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    2018 Miller, C. L., Brownbill, A., Dono, J., & Ettridge, K. (2018). Presenting a strong and united front to tobacco industry interference : a content analysis of Australian newspaper coverage of tobacco plain packaging 2008–2014. BMJ Open, 8(9), 023485.
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    2017 Avery, J., Bowden, J., Dono, J., Gibson, O., Brownbill, A., Keech, W., . . . Miller, C. (2017). Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, correlates and interventions among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 7(7), 016431-1-016431-5.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2017 Wolfaardt, B., Brownbill, A., Mahmood, M., & Bowden, J. (2017). The Australian NHMRC guidelines for alcohol consumption and their portrayal in the print media: A content analysis of Australian newspapers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(1), 43-45.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Brownbill, A. L. (2019). Energy drinks in Australia - the state of play [Invited presentation]. Caffeinated energy drinks [Workshop], facilitated by Lund-Iversen K. Poster session presented at the meeting of Food Governance Conference. Sydney.
    2018 Piggott, T., Katar, A., & Brownbill, A. L. (2018). Fostering public health leaders: Recommendations for engaging students and young professionals [Oral]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Public Health Conference. Cairns.
    2018 Brownbill, A. L. (2018). Students and Young Professionals in Public Health: Leadership in the Present and Future [Keynote]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Public Health Conference. Cairns.
    2018 Brownbill, A. L., Miller, C., Smithers, L., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2018). Sugar coating beverages: how television advertisements position sugar-sweetened beverages as healthy [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of European Congress on Obesity. Vienna.
    2018 Brownbill, A. L., Braunack-Mayer, A., & Miller, C. (2018). How sugary beverages are positioned as better-for-you through their labels [Oral]. Poster session presented at the meeting of European Congress on Obesity. Vienna.
    2018 Brownbill, A. L., Miller, C., Smithers, L., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2018). Sugar coating beverages: how television advertisements position sugar-sweetened beverages as healthy [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Public Health Conference. Cairns.
    2017 Wright, K. M., Dono, J., Brownbill, A. L., Bowden, J., Keech, W., Gibson, O., . . . Miller, C. (2017). Systematic Scoping Review of SSB consumption in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Adelaide.
    2017 Brownbill, A. L., Miller, C., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2017). FSANZ Claims and Health Star Ratings: A label audit of ready-to-drink sugary beverages [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Adelaide); South Australian Population Health Conference (Adelaide); SAHMRI Annual Scientific Meeting (Adelaide); Florey International Postgradute Research Conference (Adelaide).
    2017 Brownbill, A. L., Braunack-Mayer, A., & Miller, C. (2017). The positioning of sugary beverages as better for you via product labels in South Australian stores [Oral]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Adelaide); South Australian Population Health Conference (Adelaide).
    2017 Brownbill, A. L., Braunack-mayer, A., & Miller, C. (2017). Analysis of Sugary Beverages Marketed as Healthy via Product Labels in South Australian Stores [Oral]. Poster session presented at the meeting of World Congress on Public Health. Melbourne.
    2015 Brownbill, A. L., Braunack-mayer, A., & miller, C. (2015). The online marketing of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Australian Young People [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Melbourne: 2015); University of Adelaide Beacon Conference of Undergraduate Research (Adelaide: 2016).
    2014 Brownbill, A. L., Ettridge, K., & Pisaniello, D. (2014). A media content analysis of plain packaging in Australian print media before, during, and after the implementation of plain packaging legislation [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of South Australian Population Health Conference (Adelaide; 2014); Univeristy of Adelaide Beacon Conference of Undergraduate Research (Adelaide; 2015).
    2014 Young, J., Axford, A., Brownbill, A. L., Jackson, A., & Adams, C. (2014). "W(h)ither Health Promotion?" AHPA - Beyond survival to thriving in tough times [Workshop]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Health Promotion Association National Conference. Alice Springs.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2015 Brownbill, A. (2015). The marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages to young people on social media. (Undergraduate Dissertation, The University of Adelaide).
    Europe PMC1
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2018 Brownbill, A. L. (2018). Students and Young Professionals in Public Health: Not just the leaders of the future, but leaders of the present. Croakey.
    2017 Velardo, S., Brownbill, A. L., & Bellifemini, L. (2017). Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) Report from World Congress on Public Health; Zockmelon. Access from: http://zockmelon.com.au/guest-blog-australian-health-promotion-association-sa-branch-report-world-congress-public-health. Zockmelon.
    2017 Brownbill, A. L., & Velardo, S. (2017). Top tips for advocacy in health promotion; Zockmelon. Access from: http://zockmelon.com.au/top-tips-for-advocacy-in-health-promotion. Zockmelon.
  • Position: Postgraduate Student
  • Phone: 83131689
  • Email: aimee.brownbill@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9062.11
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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