Melinda is Associate Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the Institute for Health and Sport, and Health Policy Lead at the Mitchell Institute.

Melinda’s work has informed the development of national school physical activity programs, physical activity programs for clinical populations, sport policies to encourage female participation, municipal physical activity strategy development, and community service delivery.   

She has delivered internationally recognised research into understanding physical activity engagement in healthy and clinical population groups, with a particular focus on behaviour change. Melinda has a strong interest in research translation and has partnered with government, health and community sectors to improve health outcomes. 

Melinda is Physical Activity Lead for the Growing Brimbank program, a collaboration between Mitchell Institute and Brimbank City Council, which aims to develop and implement research-based policy and practice strategies for improving health and education outcomes in the Brimbank community.

Her recent research includes:

  • the evaluation interventions to improve physical activity and quality of life among cancer survivors
  • examination of interventions to improve physical activity among disadvantaged population groups
  • the analysis of national health service data to assess the equity of a government-funded exercise referral scheme.