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Peter recently completed studies focused on mental health and wellbeing in rural and remote settings, including a major study for the National Mental health Commission on the impacts of COVID 19 on rural and remote communities, and approaches to mental wellbeing of rural small business people.

His research interests span interpersonal and organisational communication as well as rural health and mental health.

Betrween 2019 and 2021 Peter was a CSU Research Fellow focused on evidence that supports effective public policy and communication strategies. 

Between 2016 and 2021 he led teams of researchers gathering evidence of community attitudes to support public policy on matters such as shark management and road user coexistence. The team used methods such as experimental vignettes and qualitative social media analysis that help to engage with variations in context.

He has presented his research and findings in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. He was the first Australian to receive a Havelange Research Scholarship from FIFA.

Peter has worked on teaching teams designing and delivering in-house training to strategic communication staff in some of Australia's leading organisations including the Australian Defence Forces, Australian Tax Office, Australian Mutual Provident and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Peter is also an Associate Professor of Research with Western Sydney University, Bathurst Rural Clinical School.

Research Interests

  • rural health
  • community based health and social prescribing
  • use of social media in policy
  • communicating the future.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Associate Professor of Research, Western Sydney University

22 Aug 2001 → …


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