DR Naomi Priest



  • Naomi is a Senior Research Fellow in child public health and health inequalities and leader of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Studies Program, McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing. Her current research is focused on addressing child health inequalities through combating racism and promoting diversity and inclusion. This includes social epidemiology and qualitative research to understand the effects of racism on child and youth health and wellbeing, as well as developing, implementing and evaluating anti-racism interventions with children and young people. Naomi also has a strong interest in evidence synthesis and knowledge translation and exchange, and has worked with the Cochrane Public Health Group on consultancies for Queensland Health, the WHO Global Commission for Social Determinants of Health and VicHealth. Naomi has also worked as an occupational therapist in a range of community settings with children and families from diverse backgrounds and as a lecturer and clinical supervisor in occupational therapy.   


Member of

  • Public Health Association of Australia. Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • B App Sc OT hons, University of South Australia 1999

Awards and honors

  • ARC/NHMRC New Investigators Network, Australian Reserach Council for Children and Youth (ARACY) New Investigators Award, 2007
  • PhD Scholarship, NHMRC, 2006


Available for supervision

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