“We are delighted to be recognised by VicHealth as a leader in social marketing research in Australia,” he said.
Dr Kubacki’s research advisor, Dr Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, who is a key player in the Australian social marketing landscape, also joins the team.
“The fellowship allows Social Marketing @ Griffith to work with VicHealth examining evidence on social marketing effectiveness in the long term. This provides a unique opportunity to challenge conventional social marketing thinking.”
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) CEO Jerril Rechter said social marketing was a vital area to develop evidence-based strategies and guidelines.
“Social marketing has quickly become an essential behaviour change tool for VicHealth,” Ms Rechter said.
“VicHealth’s strategic agenda recognises the need to embrace social marketing as a critical way of understanding the public’s needs and wants, in order to drive change in awareness, attitudes and, ultimately, behaviour.”
Ms Rechter said the Fellowship, a first for VicHealth, was appointed after a very competitive tender process beginning last August.
“Dr Kubacki has a demonstrated track record in social marketing research, in particular, translating social marketing research into business-friendly, applicable practice guidelines,” Ms Rechter said.
“His extensive experience on alcohol issues and the arts aligned well with VicHealth’s priority areas, so we felt he was the best candidate for this important role.
“We welcome this appointment and look forward to continuing to deliver high quality evidence and policy to benefit all Victorians.”