PROF Rob Moodie

PROF Rob Moodie


  • HIV/AIDS particularly in developing countries
  • Health education and promotion
  • Prevention of alcohol related problems
  • Prevention of obesity
  • Tobacco control
  • Urban planning



  • Rob Moodie is currently Deputy Head of School and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), and Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. Prior to this he was the Director of Teaching and Learning at MSPGH, and before that was the inaugural Chair of Global Health at the Nossal Institute.

    He was trained in medicine and public health and worked in refugee health care in the Sudan for Save the Children Fund and Medicins Sans Frontieres, and later for Congress, the Aboriginal Community controlled health service in Central Australia from 1982-1988. He worked for many years on HIV prevention for the Health Department Victoria, the Burnet Institute, WHO's Global Programme on AIDS. He was then appointed as the inaugural Director of Country Support for UNAIDS in Geneva from 1995-98, and was a member of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific. He chaired the Technical Advisory Panel of Avahan, the Gates Foundation's HIV prevention program in India from 2004-2013. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007, the world’s first health promotion foundation based on a dedicated tobacco tax. From 2008-2011 he chaired the National Preventative Health Taskforce in Australia, which recommended the introduction of plain packaging. He now chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of Non Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion.

    He has particular interests in non–communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS and teaches a number of courses in Malawi, Melbourne and in Mozambique on public health leadership skills and health promotion. He has co-edited and co-authored 4 books including Promoting Mental Health, Hands on Health Promotion and his most recent,  Recipes for a Great Life written with Gabriel Gate.   


Member of

  • DFAT Program Coordinating Committee. Chair, Program Coordinating Committee 2008 -
  • Gates Foundation. Chair, Technical Advisory Pane- for AVAHAN 2008 -
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). Board Member 2007 -
  • UNAIDS Pacific Commission. Acting Commissioner 2008 - 2010
  • Melbourne Storm Rugby League. Chairman, Board of Directors 2006 - 2010
  • Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS. Steering Committee 2003 - 2010
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Aid Advisory Council. Member 2002 - 2007
  • UNAIDS. Working Group on Prevention 2005


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • Dip, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)
  • MPH, Harvard University 1991
  • DTMH, College de France 1985
  • Dip, Alliance Francasie 1984
  • DipRACOG, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1983
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1976

Awards and honors

  • Life Member, Melbourne University Rugby Football Club, 2015
  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2014
  • International Academic Partnership Merit Award. University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique 2013, 2013
  • Victorian Fathers Day Committee, 2005
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, 1999
  • Inaugral recipient Albert Schweitzer Prize, Harvard School of Public Health, 1990
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 1990
  • Public Health Fellowship, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, 1990
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 1986



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • I am not currently taking on new students