Billie Bonevski

Billie Bonevski

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Professor Billie Bonevski is a health behaviour scientist and Professor at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. She is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow and the recipient of the prestigious Faculty of Health and Medicine’s Gladys M Brawn Career Development Fellowship. Professor Bonevski completed a PhD from the University of Newcastle, in the Discipline of Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine in 1997 after gaining a Psychology Honours (1st Class with WH Ward Prize for Best Applied Thesis). To date, Prof Bonevski has been a chief investigator on grants amounting to over $15.5M in competitive funding, including 14 NHMRC grants. In 2016, she led the highest-ranked application in the international Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases scheme (awarded $2.26M). Billie has 215 publications including 112 in peer-reviewed journals, 1 book chapter, 64 published abstracts, and 38 commissioned or technical reports. Professor Bonevski’s research addresses an issue of utmost importance to human health – tobacco smoking – the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia. Smoking has become concentrated amongst specific population groups, with unacceptable rates ranging from 23% (low socioeconomic groups) to 92% (people in addiction treatment) making smoking a key driver of health inequalities and a continuing public health priority. Billie’s 5-year vision is to increase the efficacy of smoking cessation interventions for priority populations and improve the delivery of smoking cessation care in a range of community-based services, leading to reductions in tobacco-related harm. Her research will be transformative in two ways. First, her focus on priority populations is a paradigm shift for Australia, which has a strong track record of whole-of population tobacco control. Second, she is the only researcher in this field who works across a range of priority populations with strong government and NGO partners.