About PAHL

Who we are

The PAHL group was formed in 2012 by Ben Jackson and James Dimmock. Ben and James now direct the group, which currently has hubs in Perth (UWA) and Townsville (JCU). PAHL works closely with researchers (e.g., Assoc. Prof. Les Podlog, University of Utah; Prof. Mark Beauchamp, University of British Columbia), students, industry, government, the non-profit sector, and the media. You can learn more about PAHL in this PAHL Group video and the Raising the Bar podcast episode.

What we do

PAHL’s mission is to harness the ‘power of people’ in promoting mental and physical health in people from all walks of life. To achieve this, we:

  • Conduct research that advances our understanding of a range of health issues
  • Develop, deliver, and evaluate community health promotion programs and interventions
  • Work to ensure that PAHL’s programs are embedded long-term in communities

We work on issues such as resilience, behaviour change, confidence, motivation, social support, and communication. We use this work to help people lead happier and healthier lives – among other things, we help people lose weight, improve their mental health, make better dietary choices, be more physically active, and feel less stressed at work and home. We help people from young children right through to the elderly, and we work with government, industry, and non-profit partners to achieve our goals.

PAHL creates, delivers, and supports successful community programs across Australia. In terms of the group’s academic contribution, in the last 3 years alone PAHL has been responsible for over 40 published research articles and book chapters, and a popular book on effective techniques for persuasion, messaging, and communication.

Key PAHL members

Senior PAHL members (from left to right): Ben Jackson, James Dimmock and Brian Law