Shannen Vallesi


  • The University of Western Australia (M098), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Shannen Vallesi is a Research Officer at both the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) and, the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2014 (Majoring in Public Health and Human Biology), and commenced her PhD at SPGH in 2018.

Shannen’s research is underpinned by a passion for reducing health inequalities through ‘real world’ relevant research, specifically around addressing disparities for some of the most disadvantaged people in Australia. With a focus primarily around the complex and intertwined nature of homelessness, poor physical and mental health outcomes, social exclusion and the impact of intervention on these.

Shannen's PhD investigates the way housing allocation is currently prioritised, the types of support required to sustain tenancies for highly vulnerable rough sleepers and explores current ways we measure vulnerability in these populations.

Shannen co-leads the evaluation of Perth's first Housing First project; 50 Lives 50 Homes and various other health-led responses to ending homelessness through her role in the Home2Health team.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Health Science, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 20 Mar 2014

Industry keywords

  • Health
  • Social and Welfare Issues

Research expertise keywords

  • Homelessness
  • Social determinants of health
  • Mental health
  • Health promotion evaluation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Social impact
  • Social inequality and health
  • Housing First
  • Linked Administrative Data


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