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Dr Carolynne White

Lecturer, Health Promotion
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, Australia


Dr Carolynne White is a lecturer in health promotion and convenor of the Health across the Lifespan major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences.  Carolynne is interested in person-centred health care and empowering all people to participate in activities that benefit their health and well-being. 

Carolynne has worked extensively in health promotion and occupational therapy with adults in mental health (community and forensic), community health, and research settings.  Carolynne previously worked as a project officer with the Health Promotion team at Access Health and Community (formerly Manningham Community Health Service). In her role at Access Health and Community, Carolynne co-ordinated two projects:

  • “Framework for Inclusion” aimed to address systemic barriers to accessing primary health care services experienced by people with mental illness through capacity building and the development and trial of person-centred care co-ordination.
  • “The Biggest Winner: It’s about well-being, not weight” used evidence-based practice principles to develop a person-centred approach to working with people who are concerned about their weight.  This project was awarded the 2015 Victorian Healthcare Association Member’s Choice Award, which recognises innovative approaches to healthcare that are transferable across the health sector, and was a finalist in the 2015 HESTA Primary Health Care Awards - Team Excellence category. 

Carolynne’s PhD thesis investigated the relationships between the activities and occupations, and health and well-being of adults living with ongoing health conditions.  Prior to commencing her PhD, Carolynne worked as a research clinician, where she gained experience coordinating randomised control trials of self-management programs for adults living with mental illness.  Carolynne is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and is available to supervise research students.  

Research interests

Health Promotion; Eating Disorders; Occupational Therapy; Chronic Disease; Disease Prevention; Community Participation; Qualitative Research; Stigma; Multimorbidity; Self-management; Mental Illness; Human occupation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Designing environments for mental health and recovery : A review and exploration of design features of the built environment that promote mental health and support recovery from mental illness. 

Health service use of people across the weight spectrum: Weight bias, stigma, and discrimination are barriers to accessing to health care for people of higher weights.  Using data from the National Health Survey 2014-15, this study will investigate the self-assessed health status, number of long-term conditions, and health service usage by people across the weight spectrum.    

IT and Me: Technology use by people living with and managing chronic disease: This study will build on an on-line survey of the relationships between people’s use of information technology and their health and well-being.   This project will develop our understanding of what technologies people use at different stages of their illness experiences, leading to more tailored and personalised treatment options. 

Fields of Research

  • Public Health And Health Services - 111700

Teaching areas

Health Promotion;Occupational Therapy;Human Development;Disease Prevention;Chronic disease;Health services;Qualitative Research


  • 2015, Other, Member's Choice Award, Victorian Healthcare Association
  • 2013, National, Kryss McKenna Award, Occupational Therapy Australia


Also published as: White, Carolynne; White, C.
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