Dr Ginny Sargent

BSc (Hons), PhD
Lead, Population Health Exchange (PHXchange), NCEPH
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 0435 078 918

Areas of expertise

  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Organisational, Interpersonal And Intercultural Communication 200105
  • Health Policy 160508
  • Health Promotion 111712
  • Health And Community Services 111708
  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Community Child Health 111704
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • Social Policy 160512

Research interests

Dr Sargent is leading the research and practice of the PHXchange, an initiative of the ANU Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health to build organisational and individual capacity for conducting engaged research and achieving research impact. This boundary spanning role builds on her academic and public sector experience in conducting research to inform health policy.

Dr Sargent’s research includes working to improve the translation of evidence in to policy and practice. Ginny uses her research expertise and success in leading multi-sector collaborations to solve complex problems.

In her role Ginny works with a broad range of stakeholders, including the community, health service consumers, government and non-governement organisations and national and state governments.

The broad aims of Dr Sargent's research are to:

  • work collaboratively to solve complex problems
  • improve the impact of research
  • enhance the understanding of the socio-cultural context of preventable chronic diseases 
  • use systems approaches to address the social determinants of health
  • improve population health.

Ginny is conducting research to build theory, design preventive interventions and examine the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing population health evidence in a variety of settings. 



Dr Ginny Sargent is an academic at the Australian National University. She was granted the “Researcher of the year” award from the UNSW Faculty of Medicine, for her PhD research on the role of primary health care in preventing chronic diseases associated with obesity.

Ginny is the Implementation Lead of the PHXchange (Population Health Exchange). This core project of the Research School of Population Health, is leading a body of work embedding capabilities for engagement and research translation to achieve greater research impact. 

Ginny has extensive experience in population health research including: evaluation of government programs and policy; using co-production and other Implementation Science approaches; designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion interventions, including prevention of obesity; and disseminating research outcomes. 

Ginny has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods including: developing and conducting large surveys; conducting interviews with a variety of participants and stakeholders; conducting focus groups and visual content analysis.



Available student projects

The Population Health Exchange, Australian National University, is pleased to be partnering with the Community and Expert Reference Group, and the ACT Government to offer a High Benefit Scholarship and up to two research awards. These will support research on the ACT Community’s experience with Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos.


Please circulate widely as this scholarship is open to all disciplines and is a fantastic opportunity for prospective PhD candidates. Please read the full information and how to apply for the High Benefit Scholarship and research awards. Applications close on the 18th of October.






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