Dr Susan Hunt

PhD Env Science, MPubPol, BA (Social Welfare)
College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Policy And Administration 4407
  • Public Policy 440709
  • Public Health 4206
  • Other Environmental Sciences 4199
  • Social Policy 440712
  • Social Determinants Of Health 420606
  • Community And Primary Care 420503
  • Health Promotion 420603
  • Nursing 4205
  • Mental Health Nursing 420504
  • Aged Care Nursing 420502

Research interests

Community development, behaviour change, behavioural economics, population health, evaluation practice, community resilience


Since completing her PhD in 2020 Susan has researched community resilience for emergencies in local government policy for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and has worked in the National Recovery and Resilience Agency developing the 1st national mental health plan for emergency services workers.  

Prior to commencing PhD studies she worked in the Australian Public Service (APS) for 18 years, developing national mental health and national disaster management policies and programs.  This followed her earlier career in the Hunter region of NSW as a general and mental health nurse in hospitals and in community health and health education.

Her roles in the APS have included:

Australian and New Zealand Emergency Management Committee Secretariat

A major focus of these committees was to oversee the implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and report to COAG on progress.  While here, Susan was a member of the Project Advisory Group during 2011-12 for the National Emergency Management Program project: Developing a model and tool to measure community disaster resilience by the Torrens Resilience Institute.

National Disaster Recovery Taskforce

Developed national disaster recovery policy to support Queensland and Victorian reconstruction following the severe flooding events and Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2010-11.

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery 

Monitored and reported to government on emerging disasters and developed and coordinated national disaster preparedness and recovery assistance programs. While here, Susan contributed as a Writing Group member to the Australian Emergency Management Series: Community Recovery Handbook 2, 3rd Edition. 2011. Commonwealth of Australia.


Office of Health Protection

National health security and health emergency (including pandemic planning) policy, planning and response.


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Updated:  11 August 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers