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1988 …2020

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Research Biography

Fran Baum is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. She was named in the Queen's Birthday 2016 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to higher education as an academic and public health researcher, as an advocate for improved access to community health care, and to professional organisations. Professor Baum is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and one of Australia's leading researchers on the social and economic determinants of health. In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship focusing on development of effective government and community responses to social determinants of health inequity and social exclusion. She holds several other national competitive grants investigating aspects of health inequity, and has an extensive teaching career in public health.

Professor Baum's numerous publications relate to social determinants of health, including Aboriginal people's health, health inequities, primary health care, health promotion, Healthy Cities, and social capital. Her text book The New Public Health (4th ed 2016 OUP) is widely used as a core public health text.

Her new book Governing for Health (Oxford University Press, New York, January 2019) examines how a society can be organised to best promote health.

Research Interests

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of Nottingham

1 Oct 197631 Oct 1980

Award Date: 31 Oct 1980

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Aberystwyth University

1 Jul 197330 Jul 1976

Award Date: 30 Jul 1976

External positions

Head, WHO Collaborating Centre on Social, Political and Commercial Determinants of Health Equity

12 May 202012 May 2024

Honorary Professor, University of the Western Cape

1 Sep 201931 Aug 2022

Honorary Professor, RegNet, Australian National University

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2049

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Research Output

A framework to assess cultural safety in Australian public policy

Mackean, T., Fisher, M., Friel, S. & Baum, F., 1 Apr 2020, In : Health Promotion International. 35, 2, p. 340-351 12 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A glossary of theories for understanding power and policy for health equity

    Harris, P., Baum, F., Friel, S., Mackean, T., Schram, A. & Townsend, B., 2020, In : Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 74, 6, p. 548-552 5 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Bringing in critical frameworks to investigate agenda-setting for the social determinants of health: Lessons from a multiple framework analysis

    Townsend, B., Strazdins, L., Harris, P., Baum, F. & Friel, S., Apr 2020, In : Social Science and Medicine. 250, 10 p., 112886.

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  • Civil society action against transnational corporations: implications for health promotion

    Anaf, J., Baum, F., Fisher, M. & Friel, S., 1 Aug 2020, In : Health Promotion International. 35, 4, p. 877-887 11 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Global health activists' lessons on building social movements for Health for All

    Musolino, C., Baum, F., Freeman, T., Labonté, R., Bodini, C. & Sanders, D., 6 Jul 2020, In : International Journal For Equity in Health. 19, 14 p., 116.

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    • 72 Invited talk
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    • 1 Oral presentation

    Energy, health and the environment: assessing impacts and negotiating the politics of evidence

    Fran Baum (Speaker)

    Jan 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Social Determinants of health and heallth equity

    Fran Baum (Speaker)

    18 Mar 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk