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Research Biography

Dr Amanda Machell is a Research Fellow in Public Health, who conducts research focussed on child health and development. Dr Machell currently manages an NHMRC funded project focussed on the co-creation of a strategy to improve ear and hearing health service delivery and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in remote South Australia. Previously, she was project manager for an NHMRC funded project focused on how children’s daily activity patterns (e.g. watching television and playing sport) and diet differ between in-school and summer holiday periods and how these differences may affect their health and fitness.

Dr Machell is also interested in anaphylaxis prevention and management in schools and is a member of the National Allergy Centre of Excellence Consumer Engagement Register and the National Allergy Centre of Excellence Oral Immunotherapy Interest Group. 

Dr Machell is an active member of the Australian Health Promotion Association and Healthy Development Adelaide. Her research has featured on television and radio news programs and in The Conversation.

Research Interests

Dr Amanda Machell is a member of: 

  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  • Healthy Development Adelaide
  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • National Allergy Centre of Excellence Consumer Engagement Register
  • National Allergy Centre of Excellence Oral Immunotherapy Interest Group

Completed Supervisions

Honours (Physiotherapy/Health Sciences/Clinical Exercise Physiology) Supervisions

Physical activity measurement (1)

Summer holiday health deficits (2)

Smartphone health app abandonment (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Can physical activity improve academic-related outcomes?, Deakin University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2019

Master, Public Health, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

Bachelor, Education (junior primary/primary), University of South Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2005

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of South Australia


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Research Areas

  • Public health

Supervisory Interests

  • Children's health
  • Children's health behaviours
  • Aboriginal child health
  • Public health


  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • Otitis media/ear infectionns
  • School-based interventions
  • Summer holiday interventions
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Screen time
  • Anaphylaxis prevention and management in schools


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