Strengthening the system: A partnership approach to chronic disease prevention
This is our mid-term progress report.
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The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
This fact sheet sets out key information about the Prevention Centre, including our mission, objectives and approach, our work plan and partners.
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- Rutter H, Savona N, Glonti K, Bibby J, Cummins S, Finegood DT, Greaves F, Harper L, Hawe P, Moore L, Petticrew M, Rehfuess E, Shiell A, Thomas J, White M. The need for a complex systems model of evidence for public health. Lancet. 2017;doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31267-9
- Willis CD, Riley B, Stockton L, Viehbeck S, Wutzke S, Frank J. Evaluating the impact of applied prevention research centres: results from a modified Delphi approach. Research Evaluation. 2017;26(2):78–90. doi:10.1093/reseval/rvx010
- Wilson A, Barnett P, Rowbotham S, Wutzke S. High risk prevention strategies. Oxford Bibliographies. 2017;doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756797-0159
- Wutzke S, Redman S, Bauman A, Hawe P, Shiell A, Thackway S, Wilson A. A new model of collaborative research: experiences from one of Australia’s NHMRC Partnership Centres for Better Health. Public Health Res Pract. 2017;27(1):e2711706.
- Wutzke S, Roberts N, Willis C, Best A, Wilson A, Trochim W. Setting strategy for system change: using concept mapping to prioritise national action for chronic disease prevention. Health Res Policy Syst. 2017;15:69 doi 10.1186/s12961-017-0231-7
- Angell B, Muhunthan J, Eades A-M, Cunningham J, Garvey G, Cass A, Howard K, Ratcliffe J, Eades S, Jan S. The health-related quality of life of Indigenous populations: a global systematic review. Qual Life Res 2016;25:2161. doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1311-9
- Carey G, Malbon E, Crammond B, Pescud M, Philip B. Can the sociology of social problems help us to understand and manage ‘lifestyle drift’? Health Promot Int 2016;1–7 doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav116
- Chappell S, Pescud M, Waterworth P, Shilton T, Roche D, Ledger M, Slevin T, Rosenberg M. Exploring the process of implementing healthy workplace initiatives: Mapping to Kotter’s leading change model. J Occup Environ Med 2016; doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000854
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- Davies C, Pescud M, Anwar-McHenry J, Wright P. Arts, public health and the National Arts and Health Framework: a lexicon for health professionals. Aust N Z J Public Health 2016;40,4,304–306. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12545
- Freebairn L, Atkinson J, Kelly P, McDonnell G, Rychetnik L. Simulation modelling as a tool for knowledge mobilisation in health policy settings: a case study protocol Health Res Policy Syst 2016;14:71 doi: 10.1186/s12961-016-0143-y
- Greenwood-Lee J, Hawe P, Nettel-Aguirre A, Shiell A, Marshall DA. Complex intervention modelling should capture the dynamics of adaptation. BMC Med Res Methodol 2016;16:51 doi 10.1186/s12874-016-0149-8
- Grunseit AC, Rowbotham S, Pescud M, Indig D, Wutzke S. Beyond fun runs and fruit bowls: an evaluation of the meso-level processes that shaped the Australian Healthy Workers Initiative. Health Promot J Austr 2016 doi: 10.1071/HE16049
- Kanal S, Lloyd B, Rissel C, Portors C, Grunseit A, Indig D, Ibrahim I, McElduff S. Evaluation of the implementation of Get Healthy at Work, a workplace health promotion program in New South Wales, Australia. Health Promot J Austr 2016 doi: 10.1071/HE16039
- Lee AJ, Kane S, Ramsey R, Good E, Dick M. Testing the price and affordability of healthy and current (unhealthy) diets and the potential impacts of policy change in Australia. BMC Public Health 2016;16:315 doi 10.1186/s12889-016-2996-y
- Lewis M, Lee A. Costing ‘healthy’ food baskets in Australia – a systematic review of food price and affordability monitoring tools, protocols and methods. Public Health Nutr 2016; 19(16), pp. 2872–2886. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016002160
- Liu H, Muhunthan J, Hayek A, Hackett M, Laba T, Peiris D, Jan S. Examining the use of process evaluations of randomised controlled trials of complex interventions addressing chronic disease in primary health care—a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev 2016;15;5(1):138. doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0314-5.
- Lung TW, Muhunthan J, Laba T-L, Shiell A, Milat A, and Jan S. Making guidelines for economic evaluations relevant to public health in Australia. Aust NZJ Public Health. 2016;doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12601
- Mandell M, Keast R, Chamberlain D. Collaborative networks and the need for a new management language. Public Manag Rev 2016;1–16. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2016.1209232
- Muhunthan J, Eades AM, Jan S. UN-led Universal Periodic Review highly critical of Australia’s record on human rights and health for Indigenous Australians. BMJ Glob Health 2016;1:e000018. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2015-000018
- Pescud M, Waterworth P, Shiltond T, Teal R, Slevin T, Ledger M, Lester L, Rosenberg M. A healthier workplace? Implementation of fruit boxes in the workplace. Health Educ J 2016;0017896916629817
- Thurber KA., Banwell C, Neeman T, Dobbins T, Pescud M, Lovett R, Banks E. Understanding barriers to fruit and vegetable intake in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: a mixed-methods approach. Public Health Nutr 2016. pp.1–16. doi:10.1017/S1368980016003013.
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- Wolfenden L, Jones J, Williams C, Finch M, Wyse RJ, Kingsland M, Tzelepis F, Wiggers J, Williams AJ, Seward K, Small T, Welch V, Booth D, Yoong S. Strategies to improve the implementation of healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention policies, practices or programmes within childcare services. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD011779. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011779.pub2
- Wolfenden L, Regan T, Williams C, Wiggers J, Kingsland M, Milat A, Rissel C, Bauman A, Booth D, Farrell MM, Légaré F, Zomahoun H, Parmenter B, Ben Charif A, Yoong S. Strategies to improve the implementation of workplace-based policies or practices targeting tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD012439. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012439
- Wright D, Gordon R, Carr D, Craig JC, Banks E, Muthayya S, Wutzke S, Eades SJ, Redman S, on behalf of the SEARCH collaborators. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): a long-term platform for closing the gap. Public Health Res Pract. 2016;26(3):e2631635. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/ phrp2631635
- Wutzke S, Morrice E, Benton M, Wilson A.What will it take to improve prevention of chronic diseases in Australia? A case study of two national approaches. Aust Health Rev 2016; doi: 10.1071/AH16002
- Wutzke S, Benton M, Verma R. Towards the implementation of large scale innovations in complex health care systems: views of managers and frontline personnel BMC Res Notes 2016; 9:327 doi 10.1186/s13104-016-2133-0
- Wutzke S, Morrice E, Benton M, Wilson A. Systems approaches for chronic disease prevention: sound logic and empirical evidence, but is this view shared outside of academia? Public Health Res Pract 2016;26(3):e2631632. doi: http:// dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2631632
- Yu S, Muhunthan J, Lindley R, Glozier N, Jan S, Anderson C, Li Q, Hackett M. Driving in stroke survivors aged 18–65 years: The Psychosocial Outcomes In StrokE (POISE) Cohort Study. Int J Stroke 2016;11(7)799–806. doi: 10.1177/1747493016641952
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Knowledge synthesis and policy dialogue products
The Prevention Centre has a mandate to co-create and mobilise evidence and other forms of knowledge to support preventive health policy and practice. This includes making available to decision makers any evidence that we compile, review and generate across our research projects – drawing on investigators’ expertise to interpret and communicate these findings. Much of this evidence will be published in journal articles, but the Centre will also produce other synthesis and communication products, such as evidence summaries, policy briefs on the real-world implications of our findings, prevention action statements and facts sheets.
A discussion paper and a table of knowledge synthesis and communication products outlines these options.
The discussion paper covers simulation models that are developed collaboratively with a diverse group of experts to build consensus on the merits, risks and costs of alternative policy options. Two Prevention Centre projects are gathering evidence using this participatory simulation modelling process: Simulation modelling of alcohol consumption and the effectiveness of harm-reduction policies and Simulation modelling to support decision making in gestational diabetes care.
What is systems thinking and how does it apply to prevention in The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre?
This discussion paper, written by the Prevention Centre’s Systems Science and Implementation Capacity, aims to develop common language around the ways Prevention Centre investigators and collaborators engage with systems terminology and systems thinking in prevention, and identifies examples of how the Centre’s work program takes a systems approach to prevention.
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Australian health cohorts
Population cohort studies have the potential to be a valuable resource for population health researchers. However, cohort studies have not traditionally been used to test the effects of policy and practice in population health outcomes in Australia. This report is intended as a resource for researchers and policy makers that summarises Australian longitudinal datasets.
Chronic disease prevention landscape: Results of a national key informant survey
This report highlights key findings of interviews with senior public health managers from State and Territory health departments as well as senior academics, thought leaders and public health advocates from key agencies across the country. The interviews explore views about the 2005 National Chronic Disease Strategy, and responses to the cancellation of the National Partnership Agreement for Preventive Health, focusing on adjustments made to prevention programs in each State or Territory and the factors that influenced decision-making.
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Mapping the preventive health workforce – An overview
On behalf of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, the Prevention Centre commissioned the University of Sydney’s Workplace Research Centre to map the preventive health workforce. The report describes a framework for collecting data about preventive health activities and the workforce that is delivering those activities.
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National Preventive Health Research Strategy
The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) was a founding partner of the Prevention Centre. Its essential functions have now been transferred into the Australian Government Department of Health. After extensive consultation, ANPHA developed the National Preventive Health Research Strategy 2013-2018, which is a national guide for the preventive health research, policy and practice community.
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