Dr Belinda Lewis

PhD, BAppSci(Hons), BSci, DipEducation

Senior Lecturer

Telephone:+61 3 9904 4469
Email: belinda.lewis@monash.edu


Belinda holds a PhD and Honours degree in Health Promotion from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Melbourne University, Australia. She has worked as a researcher, practitioner and health promotion consultant with a wide range of government, NGO, professional and community organisations. These include community health services, local governments, health advocacy groups, environmental protection activists, Royal Women's Hospital, VICFIT, Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Cancer Council and the Victorian Government Department of Human Services. She is a member of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Belinda has also worked in a range of international settings on key global health issues. She collaborates with researchers in Indonesia (Bali, Java, West Timor), Sri Lanka, Turkey and Canada to research:

  • health promotion and health communication
  • communication for social change
  • cultural politics of health
  • community recovery after crisis, disasters & conflict;
  • community capacity building
  • disability, diversity and discrimination;
  • maternal and child health
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • drugs, prisons and rehabilitation
  • abolition of the death penalty
  • peace-building and violence prevention

Her work is published widely in Australia and internationally. She is an active participant in media interviews, features, public speaking and community workshops covering aspects of her research. Belinda has authored 3 books. The most recent, in 2015, is co-authored with Jeff Lewis (Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, RMIT University) is:

Book Cover

Health Communication: A Media and Cultural Studies Approach
Belinda Lewis and Jeff Lewis (2015),Palgrave Macmillan, London.
ISBN: 9780230298323.

UK, Europe, Asia, US, Canada:

Research interests

Expertise: Qualitative research using a range of methods. Action research and community-based participatory research. Belinda’s collaborative research has forged innovative links between the disciplines of public health and media/cultural studies.

  • Health    promotion
  • Health    communication: participatory and culture-centred approaches
  • Participatory    media practice: community media, online communities, arts/popular culture,    entertainment-education, activism, advocacy;
  • Media, culture and public    health
  • Cultural    politics of health
  • Community    empowerment and capacity building
  • International    health and development: socio-cultural transition; crisis, conflict and    disasters; recovery and community sustainability; migration and mobility;    political conflict and violence prevention
  • Sexual    and reproductive health
  • Drugs, prisons and rehabilitation
  • Inter-professional    Education

Belinda’s recent research has focused on the cultural politics of health in communities experiencing conflict, insecurity and rapid social change. Her current projects in Eastern Indonesia (Nusa Tenggara Timur), Java and Bali, are exploring community sustainability and health issues associated with development, tourism, mining and other resource exploitation.

TeachingBelinda is a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion who teaches across the departments of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Emergency Health and more widely across the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She led a team developing the Health Promotion course for women students of Occupational Therapy at Princess Nora University, Saudi Arabia (2014) and Fatima College of Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates (2012). At Monash, Belinda has a key role in developing curriculum, presenting guest lectures, professional development, and teaching in:

  • health promotion,
  • health communication,
  • media and health
  • foundations of health in primary clinical care,
  • community partnerships and capacity building
  • participatory community practice
  • inter-professional education.

Belinda has also been a regular facilitator of professional short courses on health communication, media and health, and health promotion on request to a range of organisations.  She also presents public lectures and facilitates workshops with community and activist groups.

Higher degree supervision

Belinda is a fully accredited Research Supervisor. She provides postgraduate degree supervision in the above list of research interests and related areas. She has successfully supervised PhD, Masters and Honours research candidates.

Belinda’s current and past PhD and Masters research candidate supervisions/examinations include:

  • Afghan refugee women’s health    during pregnancy and early parenting in Australia
  • Rehabilitation services in    developing countries,
  • HIV/AIDS prevention in Vietnam,
  • Freedom of the press in    Indonesia
  • Physical activity and health during pregnancy and postpartum.

Honours supervisions and examinations include:

  • Improving services for    injecting drug users in Indonesia,
  • Development, tourism and    cultural transition in Rote, NTT, Indonesia
  • Health promoting women’s    prisons in Victoria, Australia
  • Martial arts programs to    improve mental health for young people
  • Social media and body image
  • Assistive Technologies, Clients    with Motor Neurone Disease and their Caregivers: A Qualitative Study

Recent Publications


  1. Lewis    B and Lewis J. 2015. Health    Communication: A Media and Cultural Studies Approach, Palgrave    Macmillan, London. ISBN: 9780    2302 9832 3. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/health-communication-belinda-lewis/?K=9780230298323
  2. Lewis B.    2010. Women, health and exercise after childbirth. Strategies to    support physical activity for mothers of young children: perspectives of    women and health professionals. Lambert Academic Publishing,    Saarbrucken, Germany.
  3. Lewis J. and Lewis B. 2009. Bali’s Silent    Crisis: desire, tragedy and transition. Lexington Books: Rowman &    Littlefield, Maryland, US. ISBN: 978-0-7391-3243-2. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739132432

Book Chapters

  1. Lewis J. and Lewis B. 2012, ‘British Cultural    Studies’ in B. Cohen, (ed.), Being Cultural, Pearson Education, NZ.    67-82.
  2. Lewis B and Lewis J. 2009 'Insecurity, conflict and crisis as determinants of    health’ in H.Keleher and C.McDougall (Eds), Understanding Health,    2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
  3. Lewis B. and Lewis J. 2009, ‘Taming the Rwa Bhineda: Recovery after the Bali    Bombings’, in P.James, T. Nairn and D. Grenfell, (Eds), Rethinking    Insecurity, War and Violence: Beyond Savage Globalization? Routledge,    New York.
  4. Lewis J. and Lewis B. 2007, ‘Transforming the    Bhuta Kala: The Bali bombings and Indonesian Civil Society’, in D.    Staines, Ed. Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle on Tyne, UK.
  5. Lewis J. and Lewis B. 2006, ‘On the Edge    of the Wave: Community recovery in a tsunami-affected area of Sri Lanka’    in K.Cook and K.Gilbert, Eds, Life on the Margins: Implications    for Health Research, Pearson Education, Melbourne. (ISBN:    0733978355)

Refereed Journal Articles

Refereed journal articles are grouped under key research themes: i) media, culture, crisis and community health, and ii) interprofessional education in primary health care

Culture, crisis and community health

  1. Lewis J and Lewis B 2015, ‘The Cultural Politics of Natural Disasters in Indonesia: By Fire and Sword’, Disasters Journal (Forthcoming 2015)
  2. Lewis J., Lewis B., Putra, D. 2013, The Bali Bombings Monument: Ceremonial Cosmopolis, Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 72, No. 1: 21-43. DOI:10.1017/S0021911812001799(ERA A ranked) http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0021911812001799
  3. Lewis, J., & Lewis, B. 2012, Under the Volcano: media, ecology and the crisis of nature. Media International Australia, Nov 2012. Issue 145. P.50-63. (ERA A ranked)
  4. Sahin, S., Lewis B., Lewis J. 2012, ‘Fractured futures: Indonesian political reform and West Timorese manganese mining’, Global Change, Peace & Security, Vol 24, No.2 (June) pp.289-304.DOI: 10.1080/14781158.2012.678990
  5. Wright C. & Lewis B. 2012, On the Edge of Crisis: Contending Perspectives on Development, Tourism, and Community Participation on Rote Island, Indonesia. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 5(1), June 2012.
  6. Lewis J. and Lewis B. 2010, ‘Transactions in Desire: media imaginings of narcotics and terrorism in Indonesia’, Cultural Studies Review 16 (2) September. 140-58. (ERA A. ranked)
  7. Lewis J. & Lewis B. 2006, ‘Trial by Ordeal: Abu Ghraib and the Global Mediasphere’, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 15, pp.27-43.
  8. Lewis B. and Ridge D. 2005, 'Mothers reframing physical activity: family-oriented politicism, transgression and contested expertise', Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 60, pp.2295-2306
  9. Lewis B. and Lewis J. 2004, ‘After the Glow: challenges and opportunities for Balinese communities in the context of the 2002 bombings’, In: First International Sources of Insecurity Conference Proceedings, Grenfell, Damian (Editor). Melbourne: RMIT
    Publishing, 2004. Availability:
    <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=876201933383235;res=E-LIBRARY>EISBN: 0864593333. (Full PAPER)
  10. Lewis J and Lewis B. 2004, ‘The Crisis of Contiguity: communities and contention in the context of the Bali bombings’, In: First International Sources of Insecurity Conference Proceedings, Grenfell, Damian (Editor). Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2004. Availability:
    < http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=876183300411977;res=E-LIBRARY > EISBN: 0864593333. (FULL PAPER)
  11. Lewis B and Lewis J. 2004, 'Expressive condition: Cultural Studies, the Body and Public Health', International Journal of Humanities, vol 2, issue 1.
  12. Interprofessional education in primary health care

  13. McKenna L., Boyle, M. Brown, T. Williams, B. Molloy, A. Lewis, B and Molloy, L. (2012)
    Levels of empathy in undergraduate nursing students ) International Journal of Nursing Practice. 18(3) 246–251 June 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02035.x
  14. Iacono, T. Lewis, B. Tracy, J, Hicks, S. Morgan, P. Récoché, K. McDonald, R. (2011), DVD-based stories of people with developmental disabilities as resources for inter-professional education. Disability and rehabilitation, Vol.33(12), 1010-21 [Impact Factor 1.489]
  15. Brett Williams, Belinda Lewis, Malcolm Boyle and Ted Brown (2011) The impact of wireless keypads in an interprofessional education context with health science students, British Journal of Educational Technology Vol 42 No 2 2011 337–350. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.01031.x
  16. Lisa McKenna, Malcolm Boyle, TedBrown, Brett Williams, Andrew Molloy, Belinda Lewis, Liz Molloy (2011). Levels of empathy in undergraduate midwifery students: An Australian cross-sectional study, Women and Birth. 24(2):80-4.
  17. Brown, T., Williams, B., Boyle, M., Molloy, A. , McKenna, L., Palermo, C., Molloy, L., Lewis, B. (2011), Communication styles of undergraduate health students, Nurse Education Today, 31, 317-322. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2010.06.006 (ERA A Ranked)
  18. Boyle, M., Brown, T., Williams, B., Molloy, A., McKenna, L., Molloy, L., & Lewis, B Attitudes of undergraduate health science students towards patients with intellectual disability, substance abuse, and acute mental illness: A cross-sectional study
    BMC Medical Education 2010, 10:71 Preliminary pub at
    http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/10/71 . (ERA A Ranked)
  19. M. Boyle, B. Williams, T. Brown, A. Molloy, L. McKenna, L. Molloy & B. Lewis: Levels of empathy in undergraduate health science students. The Internet Journal of Medical Education. (2010) Volume 1 Number 1 http://www.ispub.com/journal/the_internet_journal_of_medical_education/volume_1_number_1_74/article_printable/levels-of-empathy-in-undergraduate-health-science-students-1.html
  20. Brown, T., Boyle, M. J., Williams, B., Molloy, A., McKenna, L., Palermo, C., Lewis, B., & Molloy, L. (2010). Listening Styles of Undergraduate Health Students. Education for Health, 23(3), 1-10. Available from: http://www.educationforhealth.net/ (ERA C)
  21. M. Boyle, B. Williams, T. Brown, A. Molloy, L. McKenna, L. Molloy & B. Lewis. (2010) Levels of empathy in undergraduate health science students. The Internet Journal of Medical Education. Volume 1 Number 1 http://www.ispub.com/journal/the_internet_journal_of_medical_education/volume_1_number_1_74/article_printable/levels-of-empathy-in-undergraduate-health-science-students-1.html
  22. Brown, T., Williams, B., Boyle, M., Molloy, A., McKenna, L., Molloy, L., & Lewis, B. (2010). Levels of empathy in undergraduate occupational therapy students. Occupational Therapy International, 17(3), 135-141.
  23. Williams, B. Lewis, B. Boyle, M. Brown, T. Holt, T. 2008, A survey of undergraduate health science students’ views on interprofessional education and the use of educational technology: Preliminary analyses and findings. Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care. Vol. 6, Issue 4. http://www.jephc.com/full_article.cfm?content_id=499
  24. Lewis B. & Stone N. 2007, ‘Shaping a sustainable inter-professional education program’, Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Vol 8, no 3. http://www.anzame.unsw.edu.au/journal.htm

Media and public engagement

B.Lewis and J.Lewis 2012 ‘Australia’s assault on Indonesia’s riches’ The Conversation, http://theconversation.edu.au/the-australian-assault-on-indonesias-riches-8775

B.Lewis and J.Lewis, ‘Turisterne er vendt tilbage til Bali’ (Tourists have returned to Bali), Interview with Peter Harmsen, Agence France Presse, Program aired on Denmarks Radio DR-P1, 6th August, 2010

B.Lewis and J.Lewis, ‘Hinduismen dominerer på Bali’ (Hinduism dominates in Bali) Interview with Peter Harmsen, Agence France Presse, Program aired on Denmarks Radio DR-P1, 13th August, 2010 http://www.dr.dk/P1/orientering/indslag/2010/08/13/150827.htm

ABC Radio National, Saturday Extra, ‘Bali's Silent Crisis', June 20, 2009

ABC Radio Australia, Connect Asia, ‘Paradise image conceals Bali's problems',
December 15, 2009

Book Cover

Hough, B. ‘Bali’s Silent Crisis: Struggle to meld ancient culture and modern economy’, Bali Times, 15th October, 2010.

Hough, B. ‘Bali’s Silent Crisis: A new book seeks to understand the contradictions and challenges facing contemporary Balinese’, Inside Indonesia, 100, April-Jun 2010.