Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Dr Adrienne O'Neil 22.05.18

Speaker: Dr Adrienne O'Neil

Abstract: The global #metoo and #TimesUp movements have brought the topic of gender to the fore.  This has resulted in much public discourse about gendered harassment, gender norms, and gender inequality in the workplace and beyond. The ways in which these issues impact upon the health of individuals and populations more broadly, is only being realised. Consequently, the implications of the #metoo movement on everyday practice of health professionals and public health practitioners, may not be immediately clear. Using examples related to cardiovascular risk and disease outcomes, this presentation will outline the ways in which gender overlays biological sex at different levels of society to influence one's health behaviours and risk of developing a chronic disease and will showcase the latest evidence of the health effects of gender equality initiatives. 

Bio: Dr Adrienne O'Neil is a Senior Research Fellow & Heart Foundation Future Leader at the Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr O'Neil leads a research program investigating the interplay between mental health and the cardiovascular system, focussing on depression, trauma, gendered violence and stress in the onset and trajectory of cardiovascular disease. In addition to epidemiologic and behavioural medicine research and teaching activities, she is a qualified Family Violence Practitioner for men seeking treatment for FV perpetration. She completed her PhD at Monash University in Australia and post-doctoral training at the Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Stanford University. Dr O'Neil has published 90 scientific articles, including in the Lancet, Circulation and JAMA Psychiatry, is Associate Editor of BMC Psychiatry and has been awarded approximately 3 million dollars of competitive funding.  She was awarded a Mid Career Researcher of the Year award from the Australasian Epidemiological Association to travel to the United Kingdom to present this work.