• The University of Western Australia (M707), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2369 Citations
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Personal profile


Hayley’s research focusses on improving children’s physical activity levels, health and well-being through multi-level interventions focussed on the child, family, social and built environment. This includes identifying and testing strategies to create healthy early childhood education and care environments and investigating how the home and neighbourhood environment shapes children’s health and development.

Hayley leads the PLAYCE (Play Spaces & Environments for Children’s Physical Activity) program of research, a multidisciplinary team of staff and students based at the School of Population and Global Health. She is Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute. Dr Christian has over 18 years professional experience in health promotion practice (3 years), health promotion research project management (13 years) and health promotion teaching and research (15 years). Dr Christian has research experience in the areas of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity, paediatric exercise science, child health and development, the built environment and health, health promotion and public health, cohort studies, interventions and quantitative and qualitative research.

Funding overview

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2016-2020 National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship

2012-2016 NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship

2004-2008 ARC Postgraduate Award - Industry

Teaching overview

Associate Lecturer, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia (current)

Graduate Entry Medical Program PBL tutor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia (2006-2008)


Early Childhood Education and Care interventions to support and encourage healthy behaviours (i.e., physical activity, reduced sedentary and screen time, sleep) and optimal development in the early years
Influence of the home and neighbourhood environment on child health and development
Natural experiments of the impact of the built environment on health
Health and development benefits of pets for children and adults
Health benefits of nature contact and green space


  • Physical activity (adult and child)
  • Obesity
  • Health and the built environment
  • Health benefits of pet ownership
  • Health promotion

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2002 2018

3 Citations
Professional Education
Western Australia
Health Education

Promoting physical activity – reducing obesity and non-communicable diseases

Giles-Corti, W., Bull, F., Christian, H., Sugiyama, T., Koohsari, M. J. & Hooper, P., 2018, Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health : The Role of Nature in Improving the Health of a Population. Bird, W. & van Den Bosch, M. (eds.). UK: Oxford University Press, p. 97-107

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

physical activity
public space
open space
health and disease

The role of the built environment on health across the life course: A call for collaborACTION

Nathan, A., Villanueva, K., Rozek, J., Davern, M., Gunn, L., Trapp, G., BOULANGE, C. & Christian, H., 1 Jul 2018, In : American Journal of Health Promotion. 32, 6, p. 1460-1468

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Understanding the relationship between dog ownership and children's physical activity and sedentary behavior

Christian, H., Westgarth, C. & Della Vedova, D., 2018, Physical Activity and Health Promotion in the Early Years: Effective Strategies for Early Childhood Educators. Springer, p. 113-130

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Pediatric Obesity
32 Citations

A collaborative approach to adopting/adapting guidelines - The Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the early years (Birth to 5 years): An integration of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep

Okely, A. D., Ghersi, D., Hesketh, K. D., Santos, R., Loughran, S. P., Cliff, D. P., Shilton, T., Grant, D., Jones, R. A., Stanley, R. M., Sherring, J., Hinkley, T., Trost, S. G., McHugh, C., Eckermann, S., Thorpe, K., Waters, K., Olds, T. S., Mackey, T., Livingstone, R. & 7 othersChristian, H., Carr, H., Verrender, A., Pereira, J. R., Zhang, Z., Downing, K. L. & Tremblay, M. S., 20 Nov 2017, In : BMC Public Health. 17, 869.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Supplementary tables for: Association between the home yard on preschoolers’ outdoor play and physical activity

Christian, H. (Creator), Rosenberg, M. (Creator), Trost, S. (Creator), Schipperijn, J. (Creator), Maitland, C. (Creator), Trapp, G. (Creator), Lester, L. (Creator), Boruff, B. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 2019