Joanne Flavel

Dr Joanne Flavel

NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher B

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Joanne Flavel is a Research Fellow at Stretton Health Equity in the Stretton Institute. She has qualifications and experience in economics and public health, and expertise in quantitative analysis. She worked at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity prior to joining Stretton Health Equity, and prior to that worked at the National Institute of Labour Studies.

She is a scholar in social epidemiology and public health but her quantitative skills and social science background are interdisciplinary. Her research focuses primarily on health equity and social determinants of health. She is a member of the international Punching Above Weight (PAW) Network, formed to advance thinking and research about why some countries do much better in terms of health outcomes than would be predicted by their economic status. She is also a Global Burden of Disease Collaborator.

Alongside her academic position, Joanne is actively involved in the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australian Health Promotion Association. She is Co-convenor of the PHAA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Special Interest Group and is Membership Secretary and Events Coordinator for the PHAA South Australian Branch. She received the PHAA Emerging Leader Award and the Health Promotion SIG Early Career Award for Research in 2022.

Her current research projects include:

  • Restoring the fair go: which policies and practices are likely to reverse growing health inequities in Australia post-COVID-19
  • Examining regional health inequalities in Australia and social determinants of health
  • Improving our understanding of gender and health inequities in Australia
  • A national approach to measuring non-fatal crash outcomes

Students interested in undertaking research degrees supervised at Stretton Health Equity can contact Joanne about research focused on

  • Health equity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Populations who experience health inequities (examples include people with disability, refugees and asylum seekers)
  • Quantitative or mixed methods
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2022 Research Fellow Flinders University
    2018 - 2020 Senior Research Officer Flinders University
    2016 - 2017 Research Fellow Flinders University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award Health Promotion SIG Early Career Award for Research Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2022 Award Emerging Leader Award Public Health Association of Australia Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Public Health
    2016 Flinders University Australia PhD
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree in Economics
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Roesler, A., Musolino, C., van Eyk, H., Flavel, J., Freeman, T., Fisher, M., . . . Baum, F. (2022). Conducting a rapid health promotion audit in suburban Adelaide, South Australia: Can it contribute to revitalising health promotion?. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33(2), 488-498.
    DOI
    2022 Flavel, J., & Baum, F. (2022). The influence of socio-economic conditions on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 216(7), 344-345.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2022 Flavel, J., McKee, M., Tesfay, F. H., Musolino, C., Freeman, T., Van Eyk, H., & Baum, F. (2022). Explaining health inequalities in Australia: The contribution of income, wealth and employment. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 8 pages.
    DOI
    2022 Kyu, H. H., Vongpradith, A., Sirota, S. B., Novotney, A., Troeger, C. E., Doxey, M. C., . . . Baghcheghi, N. (2022). Age–sex differences in the global burden of lower respiratory infections and risk factors, 1990–2019: results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, S1473-3099(22)00510-2.
    DOI Scopus1
    2022 Flavel, J., Musolino, C., & Freeman, T. (2022). The need for improved Australian data on social determinants of health inequities. Medical Journal of Australia, 217(6), 325.
    DOI
    2022 Flavel, J., McKee, M., Freeman, T., Musolino, C., Van Eyk, H., Tesfay, F. H., & Baum, F. (2022). The need for improved Australian data on social determinants of health inequities. Medical Journal of Australia, 216(8), 388-391.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS3
    2022 Baum, F., Paremoer, L., Flavel, J., Musolino, C., & Labonte, R. (2022). Can the world become a place where the planet and all people flourish after the pandemic?. BMJ, 377, e067872.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2021 Due, C., Callaghan, P., Reilly, A., Flavel, J., & Ziersch, A. (2021). Employment for women with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Australia: An overview of workforce participation and available support programmes. International Migration, 16 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2021 Baum, F., Freeman, T., Musolino, C., Abramovitz, M., De Ceukelaire, W., Flavel, J., . . . Villar, E. (2021). Explaining covid-19 performance: What factors might predict national responses?. The BMJ, 372, 4 pages.
    DOI Scopus34 WoS26 Europe PMC14
    2017 Flavel, J. (2017). An Analysis of the Impact of Health on Occupation. Economic Record, 93, 86-104.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2007 Flavel, J. (2007). The aged care workforce: methods to increase supply to remedy possible shortages. Autralian Bulletin of Labour.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2022 Ziersch, A., Due, C., Howe, J., Walsh, M., Miller, E., & Flavel, J. (2022). Pathways to employment for social inclusion, health & wellbeing for women from refugee backgrounds.
    2022 Flavel, J., van Eyk, H., & Baum, F. (2022). Intersectoral models to build healthy public policy: A review of the evidence.
    2021 Flavel, J., Freeman, T., Baum, F., Wood, L., Foley, K., Vallesi, S., & Parry, Y. (2021). A Profile of the Homeless Population in Adelaide.
    2020 Musolino, C., Baum, F., Womersley, R., Van Eyk, H., Freeman, T., Flavel, J., & Earl, C. (2020). SA: The Heaps Unfair State: Why have Health Inequities Increased in South Australia and how can this be Reversed?.
    2019 Flavel, J., Baum, F., Musolino, C., Freeman, T., & van Eyk, H. (2019). SA: The Heaps Unfair State: The Statistical Report..
    2018 Mavromaras, K., Moskos, M., Mahuteau, S., Isherwood, L., Goode, A., Walton, H., . . . Flavel, J. (2018). Evaluation of the NDIS.
    2017 Mavromaras, K., Knight, G., Isherwood, L., Crettenden, A., Flavel, J., Karmel, T., . . . Wei, Z. (2017). THE AGED CARE WORKFORCE 2016. Commonwealth of Australia.
    2007 Tan, Y., & Richardson, S. (2007). University employment review to 2016.
    2007 Hancock, K., Bai, C., Flavel, J., & Lane, A. (2007). Industrial Relations and Productivity in Australia.
    2006 Richardson, S., Tan, Y., Lane, A., & Flavell, J. (2006). Reasons why persons with VET qualifications are employed in lower skilled occupations and industries. Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), Australia.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2016 Flavel, J. (2016). Interactions between Health and Labour Market Outcomes over the Life Course. (PhD Thesis, Flinders University).

Flavel, J. Improving our understanding of gender and health inequities in Australia. Faculty of Arts, Business, Law, and Economics Internal Research Funding Establishment Grant 2022, $4,954.56.

Flavel, J, Baum, F, Freeman, T, Cameron, D, Isaac, V. Examining regional health inequalities in Australia and social determinants of health. Flinders Foundation Seed Grant 2020, $23,995.

Flavel, J., Baum, F., Freeman, T, McKee, M. Examining increasing health inequities in Australia: the contribution of employment, income and wealth. Flinders Foundation Seed Grant 2019, $24,513.

Ziersch, A., Due, C., Block, K., Walsh, M., Flavel, J.  Supporting resettlement and health and wellbeing for people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds: Developing and piloting a measure of integration. Flinders Foundation Seed Grant 2019, $24,956

Flinders University

Guest Lecturer, Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing 2021 and 2022

External Examiner

I have acted as external examiner for Masters theses at Flinders University and Macquarie University

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Principal Supervisor SA health inequalities and social determinants of health – Capital City vs Rest of state Flinders University Advanced Studies MD Other Full Time Nae Hassan Ali Pour
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Special Interest Group Committee Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member South Australian Branch Executive Committee Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Policy Newsletter Committee Australian Health Economics Society Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Australian Health Promotion Association Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Gerontology Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Co-Convenor Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Special Interest Group Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2021 - ongoing Membership Secretary South Australian Branch Executive Committee Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2019 - 2021 Convenor of the Student and Early Career Group Professional Development and Events Working Group Australian Association of Gerontology Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Academic journal review Journal Review Medical Journal of Australia Australia
  • Position: NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher B
  • Email: joanne.flavel@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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