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Researcher: Patterson, KAE (Dr Kira Patterson)

Fields of Research

Health promotion
Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Community child health
Primary health care
Gender, sexuality and education
Social determinants of health
Health equity
Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Health and community services
Exercise physiology
Teacher education and professional development of educators
Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Early childhood education
Preventative health care
Health services and systems
Public health

Research Objectives

Health education and promotion
Behaviour and health
Teacher and instructor development
Primary education
Neonatal and child health
Women's and maternal health
Overweight and obesity
Preventive medicine
Prevention of human diseases and conditions
Rural and remote area health
Equity and access to education
Determinants of health
Early childhood education
Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Other education and training
Other health
Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
Health inequalities
Secondary education
Public health (excl. specific population health)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure': Proposal for a Social Prescribing Strategy for Obesity Prevention and Improvement in Health and Well-being; JMIR Research Protocols
A blended professional learning intervention for early childhood educators to target the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating: the HOPPEL cluster randomized stepped-wedge trial; Bmc Public Health
A cross-sectional study of geographic differences in health risk factors among young Australian adults: The role of socioeconomic position; Bmc Public Health
A scoping review: global health literacy interventions for pregnant women and mothers with young children; Health Promotion International
A spatial analysis of access to physical activity infrastructure and healthy food in regional Tasmania; Frontiers in Public Health
A Work-Integrated Learning model to enhance the readiness and self-efficacy of pre-service HPE teachers; Australia Association for Research in Education (AARE) HPE SIG Online Conference 2020
Accumulated exposure to rural areas of residence over the life course is associated with overweight and obesity in adulthood: a 25-year prospective cohort study; Annals of Epidemiology
Cluster patterns of behavioural risk factors among children: longitudinal associations with adult cardio-metabolic risk factors; Preventive Medicine
Co-designing health literacy responsive schools in Tasmania, Australia; Global Health Literacy Summit 2021
Contemplating [en]active curriculum: becoming health literate through Arts and HPE interconnection; Curriculum Perspectives
CSIRO ON PRIME Facilitators Performance Bonus $2000: Healthlit4Kids Team
Dad taught me nothing about relationships and sexuality: how contemporary Australian fathers became sex ed dads; Culture, Health and Sexuality
Domains of capacity building in whole-systems approaches to Prevent Obesity-A 'Systematized' Review; International Journal of Integrated Care
Encounters in a marginalised subject: the experiential challenges faced by Tasmanian Health and Physical Education teachers; Australian Journal of Education
Finalist: Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award
Health literacy status of pregnant women and women with young children in Tasmania; Health Promotion Journal of Australia
HealthLit4Kids Animation: inclusive and informed participants; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
HealthLit4Kids: A primary school program, crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes; CAPHIA Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum in Cairns
HealthLit4Kids: A professional development program to improve teachers’ health literacy knowledge, skills and experience; Global Health Literacy Summit
HealthLit4Kids: Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools- Capturing, Curating and Evaluating Health Literacy Artefacts; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
HealthLit4Kids: Responding to a gap in health literacy education; The Health Advocate
HealthLit4Kids: teacher experiences of health literacy professional development in an Australian primary school setting; Health Promotion International
How much physical activity should teenagers do, and how can they get enough?
How the inequality in sport flows through to health
Longitudinal associations between TV viewing and BMI not explained by the 'mindless eating' or 'physical activity displacement' hypotheses among adults; BMC Public Health
Physical activity and food environments in and around schools: a case study in regional North-West Tasmania; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Pre-service teacher perceptions of teaching health education online; AIESEP World Congress 2022
Professional development in health education for primary school teachers: a systematised review of the literature; Professional Development in Education
Richer schools’ students run faster: how the inequality in sport flows through to health
School-based health literacy programs for children (2-16 years): An international review; Journal of School Health
Segregation and success in Tasmanian primary school sport carnivals; Sport, Education and Society
Sex Ed Dads: what Australian fathers want their teens to know about relationships and sexuality; Sex Education
Socioeconomic position over the life course from childhood and smoking status in mid-adulthood: results from a 25-year follow-up study; BMC Public Health
The current global state of movement and physical activity - the health and economic costs of the inactive phenotype; Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
UTAS forum puts preventative health back on the agenda
What have dads got to do with it? Australian fathers’ perspectives on communicating with their young children about relationships and sexuality; Sex Education
Why some do but too many don’t? Barriers and enablers to physical activity in regional Tasmania – an exploratory, mixed-methods study; BMC Public Health
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education program; Teaching Matters 2018

Research Projects

Digital Solutions: Taking HealthLit4Kids from Tasmania to the World; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Measuring the impact of Work-Integrated Learning in the Bachelor of Education Health and Physical Education programme; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Preventative Health Research in Rural and Regional Communities (Tasmania); Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools - Capturing, Curating and Evaluating Health Literacy Artefacts; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools - Evaluating the HealthLit4Kids pilot study.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Proof of concept: HealthLit4Kids at four diverse Tasmanian schools; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Understanding urban-rural influences on chronic disease risk factors and mental health in young adults: A five-year prospective study; The Select Foundation (SelF)
Managing training load in talented high school age athletes

Research Candidate Supervision