Prof Rob Moodie
Professor of Public Health and MPH Tutor

Rob Moodie is currently Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH). Prior to this he was the Director of Teaching and Learning at MSPGH, and before that was the inaugural Chair of Global Health at the Nossal Institute.

He was trained in medicine and public health and worked in refugee health care in the Sudan for Save the Children Fund and Medicins Sans Frontieres, and later for Congress, the Aboriginal Community controlled health service in Central Australia from 1982-1988. He worked for many years on HIV prevention for the Health Department Victoria, the Burnet Institute, WHO's Global Programme on AIDS. He was then appointed as the inaugural Director of Country Support for UNAIDS in Geneva from 1995-98, and was a member of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific. He chaired the Technical Advisory Panel of Avahan, the Gates Foundation's HIV prevention program in India from 2004-2013. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007, the world’s first health promotion foundation based on a dedicated tobacco tax. From 2008-2011 he chaired the National Preventative Health Taskforce in Australia, which recommended the introduction of plain packaging. He now chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of Non Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion.

He has particular interests in non–communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS and teaches a number of courses in Malawi, Melbourne and in Mozambique on public health leadership skills and health promotion. He has co-edited and co-authored 4 books including Promoting Mental Health, Hands on Health Promotion and his most recent, Recipes for a Great Life written with Gabriel Gate.

Moodie, A. R. (2016). Corporations Taking Deadly Aim.. Am J Public Health, 106(5), 781-782. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303164

Moodie, R. (2016). Learning About Self: Leadership Skills for Public Health.. J Public Health Res, 5(1), 679. doi:10.4081/jphr.2016.679

Moodie, A. R., Tolhurst, P., & Martin, J. E. (2016). Australia's health: being accountable for prevention. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 204(6), 223-225. doi:10.5694/mja15.00968

Massie, R. J. H., & Moodie, A. R. (2015). Alcohol gifts in medicine. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 203(11), 436. doi:10.5694/mja15.00883

Grainger Gasser, A., Welch, C., Arora, M., Greenland, R., Bhatti, L., Sanda, L., . . . Bianco, E. (2015). Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality Through Tobacco Control: A World Heart Federation Roadmap. Global Heart, 10(2), 123-133. doi:10.1016/j.gheart.2015.04.007

Moodie, R. (2014). Not only getting personal. Australian Family Physician, 43(6), 341.

Moodie, A. R. (2014). Big Alcohol: The vector of an industrial epidemic. Addiction, 109(4), 525-526. doi:10.1111/add.12415

Elliott, T., Trevena, H., Sacks, G., Dunford, E., Martin, J., Webster, J., . . . Neal, B. C. (2014). A systematic interim assessment of the Australian Government's food and health dialogue. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(2), 92-95. doi:10.5694/mja13.11240

Lindsay, S., Thomas, S., Lewis, S., Westberg, K., Moodie, R., & Jones, S. (2013). Eat, drink and gamble: marketing messages about 'risky' products in an Australian major sporting series. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 13, 11 pages. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-719

Mitchell, R. D., Jamieson, J. C., Parker, J., Hersch, F. B., Wainer, Z., & Moodie, A. R. (2013). Global health training and postgraduate medical education in Australia: the case for greater integration REPLY. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 199(2), 102. doi:10.5694/mja13.10553

Mitchell, R. D., Jamieson, J. C., Parker, J., Hersch, F. B., Wainer, Z., & Moodie, A. R. (2013). Global health training and postgraduate medical education in Australia: the case for greater integration.. Med J Aust, 198(6), 316-319. Retrieved from


Sonrexa, J., & Moodie, R. (2013). The Race to Be the Perfect Nation. AUSTRALIAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, 46(1), 70-77. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8462.2013.12006.x

Moodie, R., Stuckler, D., Monteiro, C., Sheron, N., Neal, B., Thamarangsi, T., . . . Lancet NCD Action Group. (2013). Profits and pandemics: prevention of harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink industries.. Lancet, 381(9867), 670-679. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)62089-3

Arora., Tewari., Grills, N. J., Nazar, P., Sonrexa, J., Gupta, K., . . . Reddy, S. (2013). Exploring perception of Indians about plain packaging of tobacco products: a mixed method research. Frontiers in Public Health, 1. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2013.00035

Daube, M., Moodie, A. R., & Chapman, S. (2012). Plain packaging of tobacco products--plainly a success.. Med J Aust, 197(10), 537-538. Retrieved from

Moodie, A. R. (2012). The MJA, MDA National, Nossal Global Health Prize: broadening our horizons.. Med J Aust, 197(6), 351. Retrieved from

Laga, M., & Moodie, R. (2012). Avahan and impact assessment. LANCET, 379(9820), 1003-1004. Retrieved from
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Laga., & Moodie, R. (2012). Avahan and Impact Assessment (Letter). The Lancet, 379(9820), 1003-1004. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60426-7

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Skov, S. J., Chikritzhs, T. N., Kypri, K., Miller, P. G., Hall, W. D., Daube, M. M., & Rob Moodie, A. (2011). Is the "alcopops" tax working? Probably yes but there is a bigger picture. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(2), 84-86.

Tobin, C., Moodie, A. R. M., & Livingstone, C. (2011). A review of public opinion towards alcohol controls in Australia. BMC Public Health, 11(1). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-58

Moodie, A. R. (2011). Commentary on Pidd et al. (2011): Booze and drugs on the job - zeroing in on the industries at risk. Addiction, 106(9), 1634-1635.

PASRICHA, S., Biggs, B., Prashanth, N. S., Sudarshan, H., Moodie, A. R., Black, J. F., & Shet, A. (2011). Factors influencing receipt of iron supplementation by young children and their mothers in rural India: local and national cross-sectional studies. BMC Public Health, 11. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-617

Moodie, A. R. (2011). The slow-motion disaster that is breaking the bank. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(9), 508-509. doi:10.5694/mja11.11235

Colagiuri, R., Hill, D. J., Johnson, G. J., Lalor, E., Moodie, A. R., Olver, I. N., . . . Greenland, R. J. (2011). Time for global action on chronic disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(4), 158-159.

Beaglehole, R., Bonita, R., Alleyne, G., Horton, R., Li, L., Lincoln, P., . . . Stuckler, D. (2011). UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases: addressing four questions. The Lancet, 378, 449-455. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60879-9

Douglas, R. M., Stanley, F. J., MOODIE, A., Adams, A. I., & Kaldor, J. M. (2010). Lowering Australia's defence against infectious diseases. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(10), 567-568.

Chikritzhs, T. N., Allsop, S. J., MOODIE, A., & Hall, W. D. (2010). Per capita alcohol consumption in Australia: will the real trend please step forward?. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(10), 594-597.

Laga, M., Galavotti, C., Sundaramon, S., & MOODIE, A. (2010). The importance of sex-worker interventions: the case of Avahan in India. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 86(1), 6-7.

GRUNDY, J., & MOODIE, A. (2009). An approach to health system strengthening in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea). International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 24, 113-129. doi:10.1002/hpm.958

MOODIE, A. (2008). Australia: the healthiest country by 2020. Medical Journal of Australia, 189(10), 588-590.

MOODIE, A. (2009). Where different worlds collide: Expanding the influence of research and researchers on policy. Journal of Public Health Policy, 30, S33-S37.

MOODIE, A. (2008). Climbing to the Australian Summit. The Lancet, 371, 2066-2067. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60897-1

MOODIE, A. (2008). Fat is good for business. Australian Economic Review, 41(1), 85-89. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8462.2008.00496.x

MOODIE, A. (2008). The way we treat each other. Medical Journal of Australia, 188(8), 477-480.

MOODIE, A., Swinburn, B., Richardson, J., & Somaini, B. (2006). childhood obesity - a sign of commercial success, but market failure. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 1(3), 133-138. doi:10.1080/17477160600845044

Moodie, R. (2006). Obesity - a sign of commercial success, but a market failure. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 16, 21. Retrieved from

MOODIE, A., Swinburn, B., Richardson, J., & Somaini, B. (2006). Rejoiner to Jan and Moony. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 1(4), 256. doi:10.1080/17477160601024771

Moodie, R. (2006). Untitled. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OBESITY, 1(4), 256. doi:10.1080/17477160601024771

MOODIE, A., & Jenkins, R. (2005). I'm from the government and you want me to invest in mental health promotion? Well why should I?. Promotion & Education, supplement(2), 37-41.

MOODIE, A. (2004). Measuring the effectiveness of health promotion policy: what can be learnt from Australian success stories?. Promotion & Education, 11(2), 28-32.

MOODIE, A. (2003). Is this the end of the cul de sac?. Planning News, 29(10), 10-12.

MOODIE, A. (2003). Promoting the health of alcohol and other drugs workers: Who us?. DrugWise, 27(Autumn), 32-33.

MOODIE, A., & Verins, I. (2002). To whom does mental health belong?. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 1(2).

Available for Supervision: Yes

Prof Rob Moodie
01871911 extension 285
School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Private Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre, Malawi