Laureate Professor Title renewed for further five years

Thursday, 12 April 2018


Director of the University of Newcastle's internationally recognised Centre for Health Behaviour and co-leader of HMRI's Public Health Program, Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher has had his Laureate Professor title unanimously renewed by the UON Award Committee for a further five years.

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher

The title of Laureate Professor recognises exceptional academic achievement. The Award Committee, comprising national, external and UON scholars, endorsed the renewal based on Rob’s exceptional and continued contribution over the past five years.

Rob has more than 35 years' experience leading ground-breaking research projects in this field. Since 2013, he has secured close to $17 million through 24 research grants (as lead investigator for more than 80 percent of these). Over the past five years he has authored and published 123 peer-reviewed journal articles, achieving 3196 citations. Rob's ability to conduct innovative and influential research is reflected in a current H-index of 55 (Scopus).

In 2014, Rob was the recipient of the Research Australia NSW Government Health Services Research Award and in 2016, he was appointed Fellow of the prestigious Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He is recognised for his dedication to training the next generation of health behaviour scientists. Since 2013, he has provided successful supervision to 19 PhD students, seven of whom have been awarded their Doctorates, with 12 actively continuing their studies. In 2015 Rob was a finalist Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers in the Australian Museum Eureka awards.

Rob is currently collaborating with dementia researchers, clinicians, and consumers in the Australian Community of Practice in Research in Dementia (ACcORD) - one of only six Dementia Research Team Grants funded by NHMRC. The work aims to improve health outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.

He leads a project with researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in an NHMRC-funded study examining contributing factors to alcohol treatment outcomes. Additionally he is collaborating with stroke physicians and the National Stroke Foundation to implement best evidence stroke care in hospitals across two states. This work has now extended to investigate the impact of web-based applications on psychosocial outcomes of patients and their support persons.

In addition, he is working with cancer treatment centres and medical oncologists across NSW to examine end of life care preferences, and to test innovative system-based interventions to improve quality of care; and international researchers comparing cancer care experiences of patients across Australia, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

Rob attributes his success to the dedication, skill and contribution of his multidisciplinary colleagues and the determination of patients to assist in improving the quality of health care

We congratulate Rob on his outstanding achievement and look forward to his continued contribution to UON and his and the health behaviour collaboration group efforts to improve the  health status of the community.