Lisa Wood

Associate Professor, BCom PhD W.Aust., GradDipHlthProm Curtin

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

    6009 Perth


  • 2030 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Lisa Wood is a tireless advocate for research being relevant and useful to the real world, and the need for academia to go beyond 'the ivory tower'.

Research and teaching roles at UWA are complemented by nearly three decades of experience in public health and health promotion in WA, nationally and internationally. This experience includes work with academic, government and non-government organisations as well as engagement as a public health consultant.

Since completing her PhD in 2006, Lisa has been involved in a range of research relating to the social determinants of health, with a strong focus on reducing health inequalities experienced by vulnerable population groups.

Lisa currently holds a teaching and research position within the School of Population and Global Health, and is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact.

Increasingly Lisa’s research is focused on the need for more upstream and join-up solutions to address complex social challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, social isolation and closing the gap in Aboriginal wellbeing. Lisa’s research has had considerable traction with policy makers and government and non-government agencies, and she is highly regarded for her collaborative efforts with stakeholders to ensure research relevance and uptake. Other key areas of research have included social capital and sense of community; the role of pets in the community; tobacco control, nature-based play and mental health.

Current projects

Homelessness: 50 Lives 50 Homes evaluation; Homeless Healthcare evaluation; RPH Homeless Team evaluation; Red Cross tenancy support evaluation

Aboriginal Health: Heart Health evaluation

Other projects to improve health in vulnerable populations: Drumbeat evaluation – veterans pilot; ANROWS domestic violence prevention in refugee communities; Choices pilot evaluation (RPH and Watch House); Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – evaluation support for projects for disengaged young people

Lisa’s research is multidisciplinary and encompasses a breadth of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. For more information on current research and publications please visit

Teaching overview

Unit Coordinator, lecturer and tutor for Health Leadership units in the Masters of Public Health and the undergraduate Population Health major


  • Social capital and sense of community
  • Mental health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Research translation into practice and policy
  • Community and social benefits of pets
  • Homelessness
  • pets and wellbeing
  • Aboriginal health
  • Health promotion evaluation
  • research impact
  • health inequalities
  • tobacco control

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Research Output 2003 2019

Addressing Profound Disadvantages to Improve Indigenous Health and Reduce Hospitalisation: A Collaborative Community Program in Remote Northern Territory

Quilty, S., Wood, L., Scrimgeour, S., Shannon, G., Sherman, E., Lake, B., Budd, R., Lawton, P. & Moloney, M., 6 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 22

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Northern Territory
Homeless Persons
Hospital Emergency Service
Case Management

A mixed methods randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the journey to social inclusion – phase 2 intervention for chronically homeless adults: study protocol

Vallesi, S., Flatau, P., Thielking, M., Mackelprang, J., Taylor, K., La Sala, L., Spiers, J., Wood, L., Martin, K., Kragt, D., Lester, L., Whittaker, E. & Courtney, R., 22 Mar 2019, In : BMC Public Helath. 19, 13 p., 334.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Homeless Persons
Random Allocation
Case Management
Quality of Life

Establishing a tobacco control fund in Vietnam: Some learnings for other countries

Ngan, T. T., Huyen, D. T. T., Minh, H. V. & Wood, L., 17 Sep 2019, In : Tobacco Control.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Financial Management
1 Citation (Scopus)

Hospital collaboration with a Housing First program to improve health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness

Wood, L., Wood, N., Vallesi, S., Stafford, A., Davies, A. & Cumming, C., 18 Mar 2019, In : Housing, Care and Support. 22, 1, p. 27-39 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Katherine Individual Support Program. First Evaluation Report.

Wood, L., Quilty, S. & Gazey, A., 2019, Perth, Australia: The University of Western Australia.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output


Projects 2001 2021