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Professor of Public Health Policy, Deakin University

Gary Sacks is Professor of Public Health Policy and Co-Director of the Global Centre for Preventive Health and Nutrition (GLOBE) at Deakin University. Gary’s research focuses on policies for improving population diets and preventing obesity.

Gary has co-authored several international reports on obesity prevention, including the Lancet Commission on Obesity, and several reports for the World Health Organization. Gary also led the first-ever studies to benchmark progress on obesity prevention by Australian governments and food companies.

Gary co-founded INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity / non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support) - a global network (active in 60+ countries) for monitoring food environments. Gary leads the component of INFORMAS dedicated to monitoring the actions of food companies in relation to obesity prevention and population nutrition.

Gary has a broad range of international public health research and policy experience. This includes research placements at the World Health Organization (Switzerland), the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (Australia), Harvard University (USA), the University of Oxford (UK), and the International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland).

Gary has a PhD in Public Health from Deakin University. He also has tertiary qualifications in economics, information systems and health informatics.


  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, Deakin University
  • 2014–2017
    Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2011–2013
    Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2007–2010
    PhD Candidate, Deakin University


  • 2011 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours)
  • 2001 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Commerce

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Health Economics (140208)