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

    6009 Perth


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

    6009 Perth


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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. Dr Christian has over 20 years professional experience in health promotion practice, health promotion research project management and health promotion teaching and research. 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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2020-2024 National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship Level 2

2016-2020 National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship Level 1

2012-2016 NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship

2004-2008 ARC Postgraduate Award - Industry


-Christian, H, Mclaughlin, M, Nathan, A, Trost, SG, Schipperijn, J, Murray, K, Li, I, Lombardi, K, Bauman, A. (2023-2026). Play Active childcare intervention to improve children’s physical activity. Healthway Intervention grant ($388,296). 

-Nathan, A, Christian, H, Villanueva, K, McLaughlin, M, Brinkman, S, Boruff, B, Schipperijn, J. (2023-2024). Incorporating children’s voices for more equitable urban environments. Healthway Exploratory grant($74,363).

-Christian, H, Nathan, A, Lombardi, K, Mclaughlin, M, Yoong, S, Pearce, N, Thornton, A, Shilton, T, Wallace, R, Grady, A. (2023-2024). Childcare educator-parent engagement for healthy eating & physical activity. Healthway Exploratory grant ($74,976).

-Christian, H, Trost, SG, Maher, C, Naylor, PJ, Schipperijn, J, Murray, K, Li, I, Nathan A, Mclaughlin, M (2023-2026). Scaling-up the ‘Play Active’ program to improve children’s physical activity in early childhood education and care — a multi-state hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial.  MRFF ($1,727,513).

-Playgroup NSW, Playgroup WA, Christian H. (2023-2027). Playgroup Amplify: Explore, Engage, Support and Grow. Ian Potter Foundation - national project ($1,000,000)


-Yoong S, Grady A, Hodder R, Wolfenden L, Christian H, Wiggers J, Oldmeadow C, Gillham K (2022-2023). Learning health system approach to optimise implementation of prevention programs. The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre Rapid Response Grant ($100,000).


-Maher, C, Wolfenden, L, Christian, H, Okely, A, Bogomolova, S, Lewis, L, Cliff, D, Esterman, A, Milte, R, Curtis, R (2021-2025). Improving physical activity and screen time in Outside School Hours Care through evidence-based guidelines: an effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial. NHMRC, Partnership Project ($1,495,928)

- Maher, C, Christian, H, Esterman, A, Nathan, N, Rosenkranz, R, Lewis, L, Cliff, D, Milte, R, Curtis, R (2021-2024). A multi-site guideline implementation randomised controlled trial to improve physical activity and screen time in Out of School Hours Care. MRFF - PPHR Initiative - 2020 Maternal First 2000 Days and Childhood Health ($1,499,840)

-Rosenberg, M, Derbyshire, A, Christian, H (2021-2023). KIDDO: Building capacity in Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Western Australia to deliver physical activity. Healthway Sports Sponsorship Grant ($482,500).

-Silva, D., Palmer, D., Huang, R., Geddes, D., Srinivasjois, R., Valentine, J., Stick, S., Choong, C., Gorman, S., Ohan, J., Gridneva, Z., Christian, H., Whitehouse, A., Bucks, R., Glauert, R., Martino, D. & Saunders, L. The BOD POD GS-X – ORIGINS. NHMRC Infrastructure, ($59,119.46)


-Trost, SG, Golley, R, Christian, H, Byrne, R, Williams, K (2020-2023). Effectiveness of an early childhood intervention to promote healthy child development and prevent chronic disease in families attending community playgroups: A multi-centre cluster randomized trial. 2019 NHMRC MRFF Preventive and Public Health 2020 ($870,950)

-Baxter, J, Ribar, D, Cobb-Clark, D, Cross, D, Kalb, G, Smith, S, Glozier, N, Gleeson, B, Thorpe, K, Sanders, M, Parsell, C, Christian, H, Mamun, A, Tymula, A, Huang, Z (2020-2026). ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, Australian Research Council ($32,100,000)

-Christian H, Stratton G, Gething P, Boruff B, Trost S, Cross D, Rosenberg M, Murray K, Schipperijn J, Beck B (2020-2023). Built Environments And Child Health in WalEs and AuStralia (BEACHES). UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment Prevention Research Scheme ( $797,256)


-Christian H, Trost S, Rosenberg M, Cross D, Shilton T, Schipperijn J, Lester L, Trapp G (2018-2020). Evidence-informed physical activity policy for early childhood education and care. NHMRC, Partnership Project ($946,759).

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

Roles and responsibilities

Program Head, Healthy Behaviours and Environments, Telethon Kids Institute

Team Head, Child Physical Activity, Health and Development, Telethon Kids Institute

Co Director WA Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Knowledge Transfer Portfolio Lead, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy (with Distinction), The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 15 Jul 2008

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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