Ainsley Burgess is the Prevention Centre’s Communications Manager, responsible for developing an innovative communications strategy to boost knowledge translation in prevention research. She leads the production of communications about the Prevention Centre, its work and people, as well as about key issues in the prevention of chronic disease.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Ainsley has worked her way through hundreds of research reports, translating findings into news stories, policy briefs, videos, and podcasts for different audiences, in a way that the intended audience will understand and act on.
Her special area of interest is science communication, finding innovative methods from other disciplines to create clear and concise communications that cut through, translating complex science into policies that lead to societal change for the benefit of public health.
An experienced science communicator, she worked at the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare in Canberra for more than 10 years, producing their flagship publications, Australia’s Health and Australia’s Welfare. Ainsley also consulted for various non-government organisations in-country, including World Vision Sri Lanka and the World Bank, Dubai, before joining Cancer Council NSW as Publishing Editor.
Ainsley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and is currently undertaking a Master of Communication at Charles Sturt University. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the International Association of Business Communicators.
- Webinar presentation: Tools to translate: supporting evidence-informed policymaking in a partnership model of research at the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research
- Conference presentation: Fuse Conference, May 2018, Supporting evidence-informed policymaking in a partnership model of research, Vancouver, Canada.
- Slaytor E, Wilson A, Rowbotham S, Signy H, Burgess A, Wutzke S. Partnering to prevent chronic disease: reflections and achievements from The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. Public Health Res Pract. 2018;28(3):e2831821. doi:10.17061/phrp2831821