Senior Research Fellow
Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity
I obtained my PhD in Geography & Social Inquiry at Adelaide University. I have worked in public health research with Professor Fran Baum's team at Flinders University since 2006 at the Southgate Institute for Health Society & Equity and am a Chief Investigator on the NH&MRC $2.5m Centre for Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Inequities (2015-2019). I have published 48 peer-reviewed papers, 16 reports for government and NGOs, 1 book 2nd edition with an international publisher, and 53 conference presentations.
My research takes a social determinants and health equity approach. My research focus is digital access and equity, equity in e-health, digital divide impacts for youth with disability and pepole from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and health policy analysis. My latest research is analysing the equity impacts of the National Broadband Network.
Since 2008 I have led projects for the SA Government's Health In All Policies program. I previously worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Adelaide Central Mission (now Uniting Commnities). I co-edited the JoCI special issue on "ICTs for Improving Health"(2013), the AJPH special issue on "Rhetoric & Reality of E-Health" (2013), and was Chair of the2013 and 2014 State Population Health Conferences.
I am PhD Coordinator for the Southgate Institute, and have 5 completed postgraduate students and 5 current students.
PhD in Social Science (Population Geography & Social Inquiry) - University of Adelaide 2006
BA Hons, 1st Class (Geography Major) - University of Adelaide 1994
Diploma in European Languages & Business Studies (Hons - French & German) - UK 1986
2014 NH&MRC CRE on Social Determinants of Health Inequities, led by Prof F Baum
2013 Telstra TJA Christopher Newell 2nd Prize for worldwide best paper (Telecommunications Journal of Australia Vol 63, No 2)
2012 Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association Conference 2nd Prize for 'Developments, improvements & innovations in service delivery to AT users' for "Internet for Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities".
2011 Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Theorising and understanding how policy processes affect uptake of evidence on social determinants of health and equity in Australian health policy'; F Baum, C MacDougall, L Newman, D McDermott, M Marmot, J Popay
2011 Flinders Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award
2008-2012 SA Department of Health Health In All Policies Program - projects on Digital Technologies and Health (2008/9); Literacy and Health (2011); Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis (2010-11); Ageing Rural Workforce Participation (2012).
2010-2011 Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation 'Connective Solutions: Using Web 2.0 social networking and 3D virtual environments to facilitate the social participation of children with physical disabilities'
2010 Government of the Hellenic Republic 'Improving access to community and social support services in an Ageing Migrant Community in South Australia', M Tsianikas et al.
2009 Flinders Faculty Grant 'Improving access to support services for Ageing Greek Speakers in Australia: a literature review', M Tsianikas et al.
2008 Centre for Intergenerational Health 'The use of Internet-based social networking and 3D virtual environments by children and adolescents with physical disabilities', P Raghavendra, D Wood, L Newman et al.
2008 Flinders Faculty Grant 'Digital technologies as 21st century determinants of health and equity', L Newman, F Baum.
2007 World Health Organisation, SA Social Inclusion Unit 'A rapid appraisal case study of South Australia's Social Inclusion Initiative'; L Newman, K Biedrzycki, F Baum.
2007 John Lewis Silver Medal, Royal Geographical Society
Dr Newman's teaching related duties are postgraduate supervision (see Research & Supervision), and teaching of shortcourses/workshops on Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health. For areas of expertise, see my Supervisory Interests on "Research & Supervision". Click this link for information on applying to undertake a PhD or a Masters by Research with me at the Southgate Institute.
: The Socio-cultural and Healthcare Context of Perinatal and Neonatal Survival in a Rural Mountain District of Nepal
: Gendered Determinants of Health for Older Greek Migrants in South Australia
; Targeting Healthy Weight? How Different Ideological Understandings of Healthy Weight Impact on Health Equity and Policy
; The Effectiveness of Supporting Use of Internet Technology on Social Participation of Young People with Disabilities in Rural Areas
: Uncovering the Covered: Pregnancy & Childbirth Experiences of Disadvantaged Women in Remote Mountain Districts of Nepal
; The Digital World as a 21st Century Determinant of Health & Wellbeing
; Young Adults and Online Gambling in South Australia: An Exploratory Study
; The Lived Experience of Job Loss: Consequences for Health & Wellbeing, and Implications for Social Policy
; The Information Needs of Older Greek & Italian Migrants