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Senior Research Fellow, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University

Chris Rissel has worked for many years in health promotion program development and implementation, research and evaluation, mostly in NSW but also in the USA and Germany. His work has focused on childhood and adult obesity prevention, physical activity and cycling advocacy, tobacco control and sexual health. He is interested in implementation science and research translation.

He was a co-author of the national report 'Getting Australia Moving - barriers, facilitators and interventions to get more Australians physically active through cycling'. Chris is one of the Chief Investigators of the first, second and third Australian Study of Health and Relationships (AHSR) funded by the NHMRC, looking at changes in sexual health and behaviour in Australia.

He is now based in Darwin, working with Flinders NT.


  • 2012–present
    Director, NSW Office of Preventive Health
  • 2000–2011
    Director, Health Promotion Service, SW Sydney Area Health
  • 1995–2000
    Epidemiologist, Central Sydney Area Health Service


  • 1994 
    University of Minnesota, USA, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, MPH
  • 1985 
    University of New South Wales, BSc Psych (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
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