Bachelor of Health Science/ Bachelor of Social Science (Hons1), Grad Dip Education, PhD
Toni's PhD thesis received a Special Commendation from the Dean of the University of Adelaide. The thesis was passed without ammendment.
Toni's research work primarily involves undertaking rigorous policy analysis and producing policy-relevant recommendations.
In her current role at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Wellbeing Toni is managing a large ARC funded project. This project will increase understanding of how the policies of Australian governments in sectors other than Health contribute to health and health equity. The research involves analysing how policy in the justice, urban planning, environment and industry sectors facilitates or obstructs action on social determinants of health and health equity. The research is intended to facilitate improved whole-of-government action to promote health and equity while still addressing other sector specific goals. In related work, Toni is also undertaking an analysis of all Australian early childhood education policies to consider whether and how they support wellbeing across the life course.
Toni is working as a research fellow on an NHMRC funded project that is evaluating the Health in All Policies initiative. A Health in All Policies approach has been implemented by the South Australian Government to promote the collaborative development of policies that have a positive influence on health and wellbeing. The evaluation is being undertaken through multiple methods and it is intended to provide a rigorous framework that can be used to assess the effectiveness of Health in All Policies and optimise its success.
Toni also regularly undertakes small, applied projects with government and other organisations to evaluate policy process and develop evidence informed strategies for improvement.
Toni has undertaken research across several sectors that influence the social determinants of health. Her research focuses on understanding the relationships between social experiences and wellbeing, and also on examining the impact of policy and government systems on health outcomes.
Toni has experience with a wide range of research methods and specialises in applying a multi-method approach to research.
Toni has tutored undergraduate students in several different courses including Public Health 1, Social Sciences in Australia and Gender, Bodies and Health.
Toni has delivered lectures in undergraduate social science and research methods courses, as well as providing guest lectures to Masters students about health promotion.
Toni holds a Graduate Diploma of Education. Toni is a registered middle school teacher in South Australia.
Reviewer for the Australasian Journal on Ageing
Reviewer for M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture
Member of the Public Health Association of Australia
Chair of Southgate Institute Journal Club 2012-2018
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