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Research Biography

Billie Bonevski is a Behavioural Scientist and Professor of Public Health with 25 years experience in health and medical research. She has worked with the Cancer Council NSW, Hunter Area Health Service and most recently the University of Newcastle where she is an Honorary Professor. Following her PhD she spent a year at Oxford University on a WHO-funded fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cochrane Collaboration Tobacco Addiction Review Group. Billie has been a research fellow (Cancer Institute NSW and NHMRC funded) and research leader (Women in Science Chair, University of Newcastle).

Since 2021, Billie has been Discipline Group Lead of Public Health at the College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University where she provides strategic leadership to eight diverse disciplines. 

Billie's research interests are broad, committed to preventing disease and reducing health disparities. In particular, she and her team are internationally recognised for their tobacco control and smoking cessation research and impact.  In 2022, Billie was named one of the top 20 Smoking Cessation researchers in the world in a bibiolmetric analysis, one of only two Australians on the list. She has won institutional, national and international awards for research excellence, supervision and mentorship, and leadership and service. 

As a Chief Investigator on 26 NHMRC and MRFF grants, CIA on 10 of these, her research program has had continuous NHMRC funding for the last 15 years. In total, she has attracted over $41 million in research funding as CI, $31 million of that in Category 1 grants. In 2021 she was part of an international consortia awarded an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CIB and co-Director).

She has published 230 peer-reviewed articles, over 70% in Q1 journals, and one in four of her papers include international co-authors. Her highly cited research has led to methodological advancements, influenced national health policy and informed program delivery in community-based health services with substantial impact. 


Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Frontal Lobe Dysfunction in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, University of Newcastle, Australia

PhD, Preventive Care in General Practice, University of Newcastle, Australia

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

Honorary Professor, University of Queensland


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • public health, health behaviour, chronic disease prevention and care


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