Professor John Wiggers



Professor John Wiggers is the Director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, and Co-Director of the Hunter Institute of Medical Research Public Health Program.

Concurrent with his academic appointments, Professor Wiggers has held a number of senior government health service delivery and policy positions, including Director of Population Health, Hunter New England Local Health District, and Acting State Director of Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health. As Director of Population Health, Prof Wiggers is responsible for the delivery of population health services to a population of approximately 850,000 residents, a role that involves the leadership of an integrated team of approximately 100 service delivery and research staff.


Research Interest

Professor John Wiggers is a population health researcher, practitioner and policy maker with a research focus on the prevention of obesity, smoking and alcohol-related harms, and the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition in the community. He has published extensively in many of these areas.

Professor Wiggers’ innovative research incorporates the use of a systems approach to intervention and practice design, including the use of technology and evidence-based behavioural change strategies.

Role in NCOIS

Chief Investigator

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