Professor Philip Morgan

Professor Philip Morgan
Project Grant
2016 Project Grant
Project Grant
2016 Project Grant
Travel Grant
2016 Travel Grant
Project Grant
2015 Project Grant
Travel Grant
2015 Travel Grant
Project Grant
2015 Project Grant
HMRI Award for Mid Career Research
2015 HMRI Award for Mid Career Research
Project Grant
2014 Project Grant
Project Grant
2014 Project Grant
Project Grant
2014 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
Project Grant
2012 Project Grant
Project Grant
2012 Project Grant
Project Grant
2012 Project Grant
Project Grant
2011 Project Grant
Project Grant
2011 Project Grant
Project Grant
2011 Project Grant
Project Grant
2010 Project Grant
Project Grant
2010 Project Grant
Project Grant
2010 Project Grant
Project Grant
2010 Project Grant
Project Grant
2009 Project Grant
Scholarship
2009 Scholarship
Project Grant
2009 Project Grant
Project Grant
2009 Project Grant
Project Grant
2009 Project Grant
HMRI Award for Early Career Research
2009 HMRI Award for Early Career Research
Project Grant
2008 Project Grant
Project Grant
2008 Project Grant

What are your research interests? 

Obesity in men: Like many western nations, Australia is experiencing an obesity crisis that is associated with serious physical and mental health consequences and crippling health care costs. In particular, obesity in men is a major public health concern. Although 70% of Australian men are currently overweight or obese, evidence-based programs that appeal to men are lacking. To address this, I’ve led a program of work that has designed and evaluated ‘gender-tailored’ weight management programs. 

Targeted community and school-based obesity prevention interventions: My educational programs that promote physical activity and healthy eating are focused on engaging at-risk groups by designing programs that address the unique motivators and barriers they face at home (e.g. programs targeting different family members), in school (e.g. programs to improve the quality of school physical education) or in the community (e.g. programs targeting the workplace). 

Engaging fathers to enhance physical activity and nutrition in their children: There is a severe under-representation of fathers in paediatric research and community programs internationally. My work has sought to understand the influence of fathers on their children’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing. I have developed programs to improve the role modelling, parenting practices and health of fathers including Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids and DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered).
 

Why did you get into research?

To make a difference in the world.  I love seeing how the programs I have developed have positively impacted on the physical and mental health of individuals and families. While research has helped me to understand human behaviour, it has importantly, generated convincing and exciting evidence that has captured the attention of key stakeholders who can help get the programs out into the community. Some of the programs I have developed are now being implemented internationally and none of this would have been possible without the understanding and outcomes resulting from the research. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

Although our programs have had a major impact locally, my ultimate goal is for these programs to be rolled out nationally and internationally and to live on so people across the globe can benefit. Notably, the benefits we have found from our programs have extended beyond just improvements in physical activity levels and dietary behaviours. For example, our results from the DADEE program showed dads and daughters were more active but the girls also felt better about themselves, had stronger relationships with their fathers and were doing more activities together as a family. They also dramatically improved their ability to perform various sports skills. For fathers, meaningful improvements were seen in physical activity levels but also the quality of the father-daughter relationship and their parenting skills. Running this program has been one of the most rewarding, satisfying and enjoyable experiences of my life. Bringing dads into their daughters’ lives through physical activity and sport has been a fantastic outcome of the study, but it is even more powerful to have witnessed how the benefits of these new father-daughter connections have extended to other areas of their lives. 

Biography

Professor Morgan is a Deputy Director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition and lecturer in the School of Education.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) in 1997 and always wanted to be a teacher; motivated to follow a career path that could help children develop the knowledge and skills to lead healthy lifestyles. Morgan then completed a PhD in 2003 which focused on improving primary school physical education. By that career stage, he had come to realise the powerful and profound impact you could have as a researcher. He began his academic career in 2003 and this enabled him to combine primary interests in both teaching and research. 

In general, Professor Morgan’s research program has focused on the impact of school- and community- based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations. The major community-based health education programs he has led include programs for men and fathers such as Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK), the SHED-IT Weight Loss Program for men, Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit), and DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered). 

In 2014, HDHK won the ‘Excellence in Obesity Prevention Award’ from the World Health Organisation’s Obesity Prevention Collaboration and the Business/Higher Education Round Table, ‘Best Community Engagement Award’ from the Australian Government. In 2015 in London, Morgan trained the U.K. Fatherhood Institute to deliver HDHK in partnership with the University of Birmingham (funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research). 

In 2013, the Workplace POWER program won the National Preventive Health Award for best workplace health program from the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. Diabetes WA has signed an exclusive licence agreement and is now rolling the program out across workplaces in Western Australia and NSW. 

Of great relevance, these programs were first funded by pilot grant schemes from HMRI. 

“This pilot money was invaluable and allowed me to test my ideas and produce the evidence that led to much larger funding success and international interest.”

As a chief investigator, Professor Morgan has secured grants of over $4 million. He has published more than 175 papers in peer reviewed journals and delivered over 95 presentations including numerous keynote presentations at both academic and community events. To date, he has conducted more than 370 media interviews to promote his studies or communicate the implications of his research to the wider community. 

He has also been the facilitator for all of his own research programs in the community and workplace, and is now training facilitators to deliver his programs across Australia and internationally. 

Specialised / Technical Skills

  • weight management
  • exercise and nutrition
  • education
  • obesity
  • parenting and physical activity/nutrition
  • primary school health and physical education
  • men’s weight loss
  • fathering

Affiliations 

2016

Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Travel Grant
Researchers:
Description:

Decades of research has demonstrated the important role of cardiovascular fitness for health (Blair et al., 1996). Consequently, ‘aerobic’ physical activities have long been prescribed to children and adolescents. However, recently updated physical activity guidelines now recommend 5 to 18 year olds also regularly engage in muscle-strengthening physical activities (MSPA) (Department of Health, 2014).

more
Healthy Dads, Healthy Youngsters. A healthy-lifestyle: program for fathers and their young children
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

Fathers have a unique and key role in shaping their children's dietary and physical activity behaviors and emerging evidence suggests suboptimal physical activity and dietary behaviours of fathers may be passed on to their children at a very young age.

more
Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered (DADEE)
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Philip MorganA/Prof David Lubans, Ms Alyce Cook, Mrs Narelle Eather

Description:

Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program

more

2015

Award for Mid Career Research - Phil Morgan
HMRI Award for Mid Career Research
Greaves Family Early Career Support Grants
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Myles Young, Professor Philip Morgan

Description:

The Greaves Family Early Career Support grant will enure Myles Young can extend his research with the SHED-IT weight loss program to  achieve his goal of becoming an independent and internationally reputable early career researcher in the Hunter Region.

more
Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Travel Grant
Researchers:

Mr Myles Young, Professor Philip Morgan

Description:

If successful, this grant would allow me to travel to Edinburgh to deliver an oral presentation of my PhD research in men’s weight loss at the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference.

more
The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Philip MorganAssociate Professor David Lubans, Ms Alyce Cook, Mrs Narelle Eather

Description:

Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls. 

more

2014

The HEY MAN pilot study: using eHealth to Enhance Your Mental health, Physical Activity and Nutrition in young men.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Clare Collins, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Melinda Hutchesson, Philip Morgan, Megan Rollo, Robin Callister, Geoff Skinner 

Description:

Consistent evidence confirms that excessive stress can adversely affect physical and mental health.

more
The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor David Lubans, Ms Alyce Cook, Mrs Narelle Eather 

Description:

Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls

more
The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant
Description:

One third of Australian children are not sufficiently active of good health and this is particularly true of children from disadvantaged schools.

more

2013

Using focus groups to understand young adult males motivators and barriers to participating in a Healthy Lifestyle Program
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchinson, Megan Rollo, Philip Morgan 

Long-term follow up of the PULSE Type 2 Diabetes prevention program for men
Project Grant
Description:

Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.

more
The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Enjoying Exercise) study
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Philip Morgan, David Lubans, Narelle Eather, Alyce Cook 

Description:

Engaging fathers to improve physical activity levels and social-emotional well-being in their daughters

more
Evaluation of a multi-component intervention to reduce screen-time in adolescents: The ‘Stand Up for Healthy Minds’ study
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor David Lubans, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Chris Lonsdale, Amanda Baker, Geoff Skinner, Narelle Eather 

Description:

Children’s screen-time is high. The time that young people spend sedentary, especially the time they spend alone watching television and using computers, is a major public health issue.

more
Translation of the Healthy Dads Healthy Kids program in local communities: Transitioning for sustainability
Project Grant
Description:

Transition of HDHK program from researcher-run model to a community-run model over 12 months.

more
The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant
Description:

One third of Australian children are not sufficiently active of good health and this is particularly true of children from disadvantaged schools.

more
The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
Project Grant
Description:

In 2008-09, a rigorous, randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Dad, Healthy Kids (HDHK) program was conducted at the University of Newcastle.

more

2012

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
Project Grant
The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
Project Grant
The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant

2011

Engaging men to maintain weight loss using innovative and cost-effective interventions: The SHED-IT weight loss maintenance pilot study
Project Grant
Feasibility and efficacy of a diet and exercise prevention program for men at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes - Lions District 2013 N3 Diabetes Foundation Diabetes Project Grant
Project Grant
The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant

2010

FamilyFIT: an innovative approach to increasing physical activity for the whole family
Project Grant
Researchers:
Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
Project Grant
A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase child physical activity during attendance at childcare
Project Grant
Researchers:
Healthy Dads Healthy Kids for Indigenous populations
Project Grant
Researchers:

2009

Award for Early Career Research - Phil Morgan
HMRI Award for Early Career Research
The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
Project Grant
Researchers:
Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
Project Grant
Development of the SHED-IT weight loss programs for men
Project Grant
Does the HIKCUPS weight management program for overweight children work in the parents' workplace or in after school care settings - PhD topup scholarship
Scholarship
Promotion of physical activity and healthy eating amoung low-SES adolescent boys
Project Grant

2008

The "Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids" Project" Feasibility and Benefits of a Father-Focused Child Obesity Prevention Intervention.
Project Grant
Researchers:
Evaluation of the benefits of a school garden
Project Grant