Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Anne Kavanagh has been appointed to the Academy of the Social Sciences (ASSA) in recognition of her distinguished achievements in the social sciences.

The ASSA Fellowship recognises exceptional contributions to increasing knowledge in the social sciences. We extend our sincere congratulations to Anne whose standing in the research community is respected by the Academy, government and the broader community.  Anne is internationally renowned for her work in the field of health inequalities with specific expertise in disability, gender, the built environment and employment. From a disciplinary perspective, she is recognised for her strengths in epidemiological methods and is a leading social epidemiologist in Australia and internationally.

Earlier his year, Anne was appointed to a new Chair of Disability and Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. This is in recognition of her contributions to the field of disability research, her track record of leadership and capacity building. In the same year, she was appointed as the Academic Director of the newly established Melbourne Disability Institute – an interdisciplinary Institute which brings together researchers, government and non-government organisations, and advocates to create systemic change to improve the lives of people with disability. She is Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. Her research focusses on generating high quality policy-relevant evidence for change. As a member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council she has opportunities to influence policy and practice. Most recently, Anne has been appointed Independent Advisory Council of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

In October 2018, Anne will be presenting the Southgate Oration,  at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University presenting a public health perspective on the health of people with disability. Anne has a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

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