Progress report

Strengthening the system: A partnership approach to chronic disease prevention

This is our mid-term progress report.


Fact sheets

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.


Published research







Discussion papers

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.


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.

Download the report (PDF, 460KB)


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.

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.