Professor Giles-Corti, Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at RMIT University, is one of the most influential and impactful health researchers in Australia. Professor Giles-Corti has led the study of liveability in Australia – that is, how urban environments can help deliver better health outcomes. As part of her work with the Prevention Centre, she has created practical ways for policymakers to measure, benchmark and monitor and liveability in their cities for the first time.
Professor Giles-Corti emphasised the importance of creating a diverse team, working with policymakers, and learning the language of other sectors – and understanding the issue from their viewpoint – to create research that influences policy.
“Putting all that expertise together is the key to success. If you want to be successful, the answer is collaboration, because you can’t do all this by yourself.”