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Elizabeth Waters

Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health, The University of Melbourne

Professor Elizabeth Waters is the Jack Brockhoff Chair of Public Health and Director of the Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne, which focuses on improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people, with a particular focus on addressing areas of equity, inequalities, and cultural competence through policy, data analysis, development and evaluation of programs. Over 40 practice oriented multidisciplinary researchers work in partnership with education, health and government settings including schools, early childhood learning and care, local government and communities. Professor Waters, and colleagues within the Melbourne School of Population Health have also recently been awarded a long term research partnership contract with DEECD. Professor Waters' contribution to child public health extends beyond national committees to include WHO, UNICEF, and the international Cochrane Collaboration, leading the Cochrane Public Health Group which aims to provide best available evidence for public health decision making.


  • 2008–present
    Director, The Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program, The University of Melbourne
  • 2008–present
    Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Public Health Review Group, The University of Melbourne


  • 2001 
    University of Oxford, England, Doctorate of Philosophy
  • 1994 
    Monash University, Melbourne, Master of Public Health

Research Areas

  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified (111799)