Dr Lennert Veerman

Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Dr Veerman is Professor of Public Health at the School of Medicine, Griffith University, and has academic affiliations as Adjunct Associate Professor with the Sydney School of Medicine, The University of Sydney, and as Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Queensland School of Public Health. He is a Dutch-trained public health physician with passion for healthy physical, economic, social and natural environments. He has published on a broad range of topics including obesity and other risk factors for chronic disease, philosophy of science, mathematical modelling, genetic screening and the epidemiology of depression. His PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam focused on the role of quantitative predictions of health effects in Health Impact Assessment. Upon moving to Australia in 2007, he expanded the scope of his work to include economics, and now has a strong profile in epidemiological modelling, burden of disease studies, and the cost-effectiveness of prevention. In 2017, he wasthe Senior Health Economist at the Cancer Council NSW.

ORCID research profile:http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3206-8232

Research interests

Dr Veerman gives direction to an expanding programme of work in the area of physical activity, diet, and body mass. Part of this work involves collaboration with other research groups across Australia and overseas, and with sectors other than health care; sectors that are key to improving population exposure to many of the major determinants of health.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Veerman is a highly skilled educator. He leads the 'Doctor and Health in the Community' Theme in Griffith's MD Programme, and his recent roles include that of Program Director for UQ's Master in Public Health program.

Current projects

Current work focuses on the effectiveness of fiscal measures to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, creating healthy, active cities, and on how Australia can reduce the burden of cancer via improvements in diet and physical activity and reductions in body mass, tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption.

Associations

Dr Veerman has a range of collaborations across Australia and overseas, and is a member of the Global Burden of Disease expert panels on physical activity and diet.

In the media

Recent work on the potential health and economic impact of taxing sugared drinks has received wide media attention. Articles on The Conversation news website are here.

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