Position

Research Fellow
Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity

Biography

Dr Matt Fisher is a Research Fellow with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity. He is currently working as Project Manager on a 3-year ARC Discovery research project on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity in Australian Health Policy. Matt completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Adelaide in 2009. His research interests are focused on the social determinants of mental health and their implications for public policy and political ethics. Matt also has extensive experience with social housing policy and non-government, not-for-profit housing providers. He has a strong commitment to values of environmental sustainability and is particularly interested in issues of urban design, in relation to both public health and sustainability outcomes.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Philosophy) - University of Adelaide
  • MA (Philosophy) - University of Adelaide
  • Diploma of Education - Flinders University
  • BA - Flinders University

Key responsibilities

Research Fellow: Southgate Institute research project on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity in Australian Health Policy (ARC Discovery - led by Prof Fran Baum)

Research expertise

  • Political science
  • Public health and health services

Research interests

  • Social determinants of health inequities
  • Social determinants of mental health
  • Political economy of health
  • Political philosophy
  • Urban design, housing, sustainability and health

Supervisory interests

  • Health policy
  • Social determinants of health (SDH)

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Health policy (1) ; Mental health in policy (1) ;

Publications

  • Baum, F., Fisher, I. and Lawless, A. (2012). Australian Experiences. In D Raphael, ed. Tacking Health Inequalities. Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press, pp. 63-92.
    [Web Link]
  • Baum, F. and Fisher, I. (2011). Action on the social determinants of health - what does Australia need to do? In Martin Laverty & Liz Callaghan, ed. Determining the Future: A fair go and health for all. Ballan, VIC: Connor Court Publishing, pp. 17-29.
  • Fisher, I.M. (1997). The journey home : holism, human nature and social change. Henley Beach, SA: Seaview Press.
  • Phillips, C., Fisher, I., Baum, F. and MacDougall, C. (2014). Australian child/youth health policies: are we taking action on the social determinants of health? In SA State Population Health Conference. SA State Population Health Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. Oct 2014.
  • Fisher, I., Baum, F., MacDougall, C., Newman, L. and McDermott, D. (2014). Cross-sectoral action on SDH in Australian health policy: Are we getting there? In Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference Proceedings. Perth43rd Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference: The future of public health: Big challenges, big opportunities. Sep 2014.
  • Baum, F.E., Laris, P., Fisher, I.M., MacDougall, C.J. and Newman, L.A. (2014). Political perspectives on health equity: what health ministers need to do if they want to increase health equity through action on social determinants. Prince Mahidol Award Conference. Pattaya, Thailand. Jan 2014.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2013). The social (and economic) determinants of health. In Leadership Issues in Health. South Australian Governor's Leadership Foundation Seminar. Adelaide, SA.
  • Baum, F., Laris, P., Fisher, I., Newman, L. and MacDougall, C. (2013). Advice to a new health minister who wants to take action on the social determinants of health. In Public Health Association of Australia. 42nd Annual Conference, A 'fair go' for health; tackling physical, social and psychological inequality. Melbourne. Sep 2013.
  • Fisher, I., Baum, F., MacDougall, C., Newman, L. and McDermott, D. (2013). Australian health policy and social determinants of health and equity: A review of policy content. In Australian Social Policy Conference. Australian Social Policy Conference. Sydney. Sep 2013.
  • Fisher, I., Baum, F., MacDougall, C., Newman, L. and McDermott, D. (2013). Social determinants of health and health equity in Australian health policy. In 42nd Annual Conference of the Public Health Association of Australia. 42nd Annual Conference of the Public Health Association of Australia. Melbourne. Sep 2013.
  • Fisher, I. (2012). Rhetoric or reality: Social determinants of mental health in Australian mental health policy. In Population Health Congress 2012, Population Health in a Changing World. Population Health Congress 2012, Population Health in a Changing World. Adelaide, SA. Dec 2012.
  • Baum, F., Laris, P., Fisher, I., Newman, L. and MacDougall, C. (2012). Australian Health Ministers' perspectives on the politics of social determinants of health and equity. In Population Health Congress. Population Health Congress. Adelaide. Dec 2012.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2011). What can health professionals do about social determinants of mental health? Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association: The 12th International Mental Health Conference 2011. Gold Coast, Qld. Aug 2011.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2011). Social cognition, chronic stress and mental health. In Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit Seminar Series. Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit Seminar Series. FMC, Adelaide, SA.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2010). Social intelligence and stress: The role of the brain in mediating psychosocial effects on health. In Southgate Institute 'Theory-Club Seminar Series' Southgate Institute. Southgate Institute 'Theory-Club' Seminar Series. Flinders University, SA.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2010). Complaints as a driver of service improvement. In 'Making Complaints Work' Seminar. 'Making Complaints Work' Seminar. Flinders University, SA.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2009). The Neuroscience of Social Reasoning: Towards a New Social-Liberal Theory. In Adelaide University Philosophy Seminars. Adelaide University Philosophy Seminars. Adelaide University, SA.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2008). A new Social-Liberal theory: How to get one, and why we need it. In Annual Conference, Australasian Association of Philosophy. Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference 2008. Melbourne, VIC.
  • Fisher, I.M. (2007). The flawed psychology of libertarianism, and ideas for a new social-liberal theory. In Australasian Association of Philosophy. Australasian Association of Philosophy. Armidale, NSW.
  • Baum, F., Laris, P., Fisher, I., Newman, L. and MacDougall, C. (2014). Dear health minister: tend the garden but make sure you fence the crocodiles. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(4) pp. 295-296.
    [10.1136/jech-2013-203040] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F., Fisher, I., Trewin, D. and Duvnjak, A.M. (2013). Funding the 'H' in NHMRC. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(6) pp. 503-505.
    [10.1111/1753-6405.12165] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E., Fisher, I.M., Trewin, D. and Duvnjak, A.M. (2013). Funding the ‘H’ in NHMRC. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(6) pp. 503-505.
    [10.1111/1753-6405.12165] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E., Fisher, I.M., Trewin, D. and Duvnjak, A.M. (2013). Funding the 'H' in NHMRC. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(6) pp. 503-505.
    [10.1111/1753-6405.12165] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E. and Fisher, I.M. (2012). Community health: Lessons for current health reform. The Health Advocate, 15 pp. 14-15.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Fisher, I.M. (2011). The politics of stress and health. Dissent, 34(Summer) pp. 55-58.
    [Web Link] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Fisher, I. and Browne-Yung, K. (2013). Future Directions and Priorities in the South: Report on the Southern Regional Alliance Connecting in the Urban Village Conference.
    [Web Link]
  • Fisher, I. (2013). Roadmap for mental health reform misses bigger picture.
    [Web Link]
  • Fisher, I.M. and Browne-Yung, K.C. (2013). Future Directions and Priorities in Southern Adelaide Report on the Southern Regional Alliance ‘Connecting in the Urban Village’ Conference.
    [Web Link]
  • Baum, F., Fisher, I. and Duvnjak, A. (2012). Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs inquiry on: Australia's domestic response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report "Closing the gap within a generation"
  • Baum, F. and Fisher, I. (2012). Community health: Lessons for current health reforms. The Health Advocate. 15 pp. 14-15.
  • Fisher, I. (2012). South Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy: 2012-2016.
  • Fisher, I. (2012). Why mental illness is not (just) a health problem. Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs inquiry on: Australia's domestic response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report "Closing the gap within a generation”.
  • Baum, F.E. and Fisher, I.M. (2010). Social Determinants of Road Safety in Australia. Safer for some: social determinants of road safety and their implications for policy, practice and sustainable safety.
  • Phillips, C., Fisher, I.M., Baum, F.E., MacDougall, C.J., Newman, L.A. and McDermott, D.R. (2016). To what extent do Australian child and youth health policies address the social determinants of health and health equity?: a document analysis study. BMC Public Health, 16(512)
    [10.1186/s12889-016-3187-6]
  • Fisher, I.M., Baum, F.E., MacDougall, C.J., Newman, L.A., McDermott, D.R. and Phillips, C. (2016). Intersectoral action on SDH and equity in Australian health policy. Health Promotion International,
  • Fisher, I.M., Baum, F.E., MacDougall, C.J., Newman, L.A. and McDermott, D.R. (2016). To what extent do Australian health policy documents address social determinants of health and health equity? Journal of Social Policy,
    [10.1017/S0047279415000756] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E., Sanders, D.M., Fisher, I.M., Anaf, J.M., Freudenberg, N., Friel, S., et al. (2016). Assessing the health impact of transnational corporations: its importance and a framework. Globalization and Health, 12(1) pp. Art: 27.
    [10.1186/s12992-016-0164-x] [Scopus]
  • Fisher, I., Milos, D., Baum, F. and Friel, S. (2016). Social determinants in an Australian urban region: a 'complexity' lens. Health Promotion International, 31(1) pp. 163-174.
    [10.1093/heapro/dau071] [Scopus]
  • Fisher, I., Baum, F., MacDougall, C., Newman, L. and McDermott, D. (2014). A qualitative methodological framework to assess uptake of evidence on social determinants of health in health policy. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, pp. 1-17.
    [Scopus]
  • Baum, F. and Fisher, I. (2014). Why behavioural health promotion endures despite its failure to reduce health inequities. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(2) pp. 213-225.
    [10.1111/1467-9566.12112] [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F., Laris, P., Fisher, I., Newman, L. and MacDougall, C. (2014). Dear Health Minister: Tend the garden but make sure you fence the crocodiles. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(4) pp. 295-296.
    [10.1136/jech-2013-203040] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E., Laris, P., Fisher, I.M., Newman, L.A. and MacDougall, C.J.M. (2013). “Never mind the logic, give me the numbers”: Former Australian health ministers' perspectives on the social determinants of health. Social Science and Medicine, 87 pp. 138-146.
    [10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.03.033] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F. and Fisher, I. (2011). Are the National Preventive Health initiatives likely to reduce health inequities? Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17 pp. 320-326.
    [10.1071/PY11041] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E. and Fisher, I.M. (2010). Health equity and sustainability: extending the work of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Critical Public Health, 20(3) pp. 311-322.
    [10.1080/09581596.2010.503266] [Scopus]
  • Fisher, I.M. and Baum, F.E. (2010). The Social Determinants of Mental Health: Implications for research and health promotion. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(12) pp. 1057-1063.
    [10.3109/00048674.2010.509311] [Scopus]
  • Fisher, I.M. (2001). Human development and the nature of creativity. Concrescence: The Australasian Journal of Process Thought, 2 pp. 1-17.
  • Fisher, I.M., Baum, F.E., MacDougall, C.J., Newman, L.A. and McDermott, D.R. (2016). To what extent do Australian health policy documents address social determinants of health and health equity? Journal of Social Policy,
    [10.1017/S0047279415000756] [Scopus]
  • Fisher, I.M., Baum, F.E., MacDougall, C.J., Newman, L.A., McDermott, D.R. and Phillips, C. (2016). Intersectoral action on SDH and equity in Australian health policy. Health Promotion International,
  • Fisher, I., Milos, D., Baum, F. and Friel, S. (2016). Social determinants in an Australian urban region: a 'complexity' lens. Health Promotion International, 31(1) pp. 163-174.
    [10.1093/heapro/dau071] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F.E., Sanders, D.M., Fisher, I.M., Anaf, J.M., Freudenberg, N., Friel, S., et al. (2016). Assessing the health impact of transnational corporations: its importance and a framework. Globalization and Health, 12(1) pp. Art: 27.
    [10.1186/s12992-016-0164-x] [Scopus]
  • Phillips, C., Fisher, I.M., Baum, F.E., MacDougall, C.J., Newman, L.A. and McDermott, D.R. (2016). To what extent do Australian child and youth health policies address the social determinants of health and health equity?: a document analysis study. BMC Public Health, 16(512)
    [10.1186/s12889-016-3187-6]
  • Fisher, I., Baum, F., MacDougall, C., Newman, L. and McDermott, D. (2014). A qualitative methodological framework to assess uptake of evidence on social determinants of health in health policy. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, pp. 1-17.
    [Scopus]
  • Baum, F. and Fisher, I. (2014). Why behavioural health promotion endures despite its failure to reduce health inequities. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(2) pp. 213-225.
    [10.1111/1467-9566.12112] [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F., Laris, P., Fisher, I., Newman, L. and MacDougall, C. (2014). Dear Health Minister: Tend the garden but make sure you fence the crocodiles. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(4) pp. 295-296.
    [10.1136/jech-2013-203040] [Scopus]
  • Baum, F., Fisher, I. and Lawless, A. (2012). Australian Experiences. In D Raphael, ed. Tacking Health Inequalities. Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press, pp. 63-92.
    [Web Link]
  • Baum, F. and Fisher, I. (2011). Action on the social determinants of health - what does Australia need to do? In Martin Laverty & Liz Callaghan, ed. Determining the Future: A fair go and health for all. Ballan, VIC: Connor Court Publishing, pp. 17-29.

Professional and community engagement

Expertise for media contact

Interests

  • Social impacts on mental health

Contact

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