Professor Billie Bonevski

Dean Research and Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) Director

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (2.05)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Billie Bonevski joined Flinders in 2021 as Professor of Public Health and Discipline Group Lead of Public Health at the College of Medicine and Public Health. She is currently Dean of Research and Director of the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI).

Billie is a Behavioural Scientist and Professor of Public Health with 25 years experience in health and medical research. Billie's research interests are broad, committed to preventing disease, improving care and reducing health disparities.


BA, Hons (1st Class), PhD

Honours, awards and grants

2023 - Service Award (Board of Directors), Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) (international)

2023 - CIA, Medical Research Future Fund Grant

2022 - CIA, Hospital Research Foundation SA Grant

2021 - Fellow of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) (international)

2019 - Research Impact Award (Economic and Social), Monash University, RADICALS team award

2019 - CIA, NHMRC Project Grant

2018 - Outstanding Mentor Award, Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) (Awarded in Auckland NZ)

2017 - Research Excellence Award, Hunter Children's Research Foundation (HCRF)

2017 - CIA, NHMRC Project Grant

2016 - President's Prize (for tobacco control), Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) (international)

2016 - CIA, NHMRC/GACD (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases) Grant

2014 - CIA, Career Development Fellowship Level 2, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2014-2018

2014 - CIA, NHMRC Partnership Grant

2013 - Gladys M Brawn Fellowship, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle 2013-2018

2013 - CIA, NHMRC Project Grant

2012 - Supervisor of the Year, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

2012 - CIA, NHMRC Partnership Grant

2011 - CIA, Career Development Fellowship, Cancer Institute NSW 2011-2014

2011 - Highest Publication Award, Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, University of Newcastle

2010 - CIA, NHMRC Project Grant

1998 - CIA, NHMRC Project Grant

1997 - Postdoctoral Travel Fellowship, World Health Organisation (to Oxford University)

1994 - Postgraduate Research Award (3 year PhD Scholarship), University of Newcastle

1993 - WH Ward Prize for Best Applied Honours Thesis, Psychology Department, University of Newcastle

Key responsibilities

Dean of Research and Director of Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI), College of Medicine and Public Health

co-Director (and CIB), NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (University of Queensland)

Supervisory interests
Chronic disease
Health behaviour change
Health promotion
Randomised clinical trial
Smoking cessation
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Indigenous (1), Tobacco (1)
Associate supervisor: Public Health (8)
Principal supervisor: Behavioural Science (13)
  • Tobacco control