• The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

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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FELLOWSHIPS:

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)

Research

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

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

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

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