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Dr Melanie Hawkins

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr Melanie Hawkins has research interests and experience in health program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and the application of contemporary validity testing theory and methodology to the development and testing of patient self-report questionnaires.
As an evaluator, Melanie has managed projects commissioned by the primary health sector, Australian universities, and the Australian Government. As a researcher, she has worked on projects for the Victorian State Government, non-profit organisations, and Australian regional health services, including the Ophelia (Optimising Health Literacy and Access) 3-year pilot project, and subsequent Ophelia projects. In 2007, at The University of Melbourne, Melanie was project manager for the pilot implementation of the now-established Osteoarthritis Hip and Knee Service (OAHKS) for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As a researcher at Deakin University, Melanie was involved in the development of the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ), the Conversational Health Literacy Tool (CHAT), and contributed to the development eHealth Literacy Questionnaire (eHLQ). Her PhD at Deakin University investigated and applied contemporary validity testing theory from education and psychology to patient self-report questionnaires in the field of health.
Melanie is a postdoctoral researcher at Swinburne University working on qualitative components of research projects. As part of the postdoc role, she manages the 3-year Crohn’s & Colitis Australia Ophelia project to improve health information and services for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Melanie also contributes to unit work for the World Health Organization (WHO). 

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Also published as: Hawkins, Melanie; Hawkins, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: 'To Support GCM/NCD' *; World Health Organisation

* Chief Investigator

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