Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:00
Prof Wendy Brown (foreground) and Prof Christina Lee
Prof Wendy Brown (foreground) and Prof Christina Lee

Guiding a nation in the fight against a sedentary lifestyle has led to Professor Wendy Brown winning the 2015 Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Research Translation Award.

A leader in developing the new Australian adult guidelines for physical activity and sitting time, Professor Brown continues to be a shining light for the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

In presenting the award, Faculty Associate Dean (Research) Professor Christina Lee noted the many areas Professor Brown had influenced.

“She has contributed to the development of government policies and strategies at the national, state and local level,” Professor Lee said.

“Included among these are the National Women's Health Policy 2011 and the Heart Foundation’s Blueprint for an Active Australia.

“Professor Brown was also lead consultant to the Federal Government on their update of the National Physical Activity Guidelines in 2011-2012.

“Furthermore she chaired the National Health and Medical Research Council Translation Working Group on Obesity in the development of their Case For Action in 2013-2014.”

With a motivation of preventing - or improving the management of - chronic disease, Professor Brown focuses her research on measuring, understanding and encouraging physical activity.

The benefits of her work span multiple demographics, influencing people in specific workplaces, in rural and regional areas, and in whole communities.

An author of approximately 300 peer-reviewed papers, policy relevant reports and monographs, Professor Brown is frequently among the most cited experts in the physical activity field.