Our approach

Our approach and objectives are intended to capture the broader objectives of the NHMRC Partnership Centres for Better Health program, which:

  • Focuses…

    on research-informed change in practice, management or policy as the driving force behind activities
  • Recognises…

    clinicians, managers and policy makers are equally qualified as researchers to be investigators
  • Promotes…

    broad objectives beyond research to support links with clinical practice, management or policy

We bring together more than 500 academic researchers, policy partners and prevention practitioners to conduct research into what works and what doesn’t work to prevent chronic disease. Our aim is to provide decision makers with evidence and tools to turn knowledge into sustained action.

Find out more about our approach in our corporate brochure, Partnering to prevent chronic disease.

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Building evidence and capacity

Our approach is unique across four broad areas.

  • We recognise the need for systems approaches

    If we are to achieve sustained prevention of complex chronic health problems, we need a systems perspective which recognises the role of social, economic and environmental factors and how each of these interacts.
  • We equally value evidence from research and practice

    A fundamental pillar of our approach is that public health practice and practitioners should inform prevention research as much as research should inform policy and practice. We will develop and apply new ways to systematically capture practice knowledge and combine it with research evidence.
  • We support collaboration

    Our funding model and structure ensures that researchers and the end users of the research – policy makers and practitioners – work together to develop research questions, conduct the research, and interpret and apply the findings.
  • We are building skills and knowledge

    We are offering training and other skills development opportunities to increase the understanding and use of systems approaches among researchers and policy, program and service delivery decision makers.