Physical activity for public health: Rigorous evaluation in the real world


Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: 5pm-6:30pm

Venue: Seminar room, level 6, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Cost: free

About the seminar
Four top-level speakers will discuss the evaluation of physical activity interventions at a seminar co-hosted by the Prevention Centre, the Prevention Research Collaboration and the Sax Institute.


The presenter

  • Dr David Ogilvie, Cambridge University, and Thinker in Residence, Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney Medical School, School of Public Health, University of Sydney


Panellists

  • Professor Don Nutbeam, Sax Institute and Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney Medical School, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Professor William Trochim, Cornell University, New York, US
  • Elizabeth Flynn, Assistant Secretary of the Preventive Health Policy Branch in the Population Health and Sport Division of the Australian Government Department of Health.


Keynote address
Physical activity can reduce the risk and burden of many chronic diseases, but there is little evidence of public health strategies that have been effective in shifting population activity patterns in the right direction. The solutions may lie in environmental and policy changes well beyond the health sector, but these can be contentious or expensive and are often difficult to evaluate. In this presentation Dr Ogilvie will explore the opportunities and challenges in attempting rigorous evaluation of environmental approaches to promoting a more active way of life, drawing on the methods and findings of his studies of urban transport infrastructure in the UK.


The program

4:30-5:00 pm: Registration

5:00 pm: Welcome: Professor Adrian Bauman,  Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney

5.00-5.40 pm: Keynote address: Dr David Ogilvie

5:40-6:10 pm: Panellists

  • Professor William Trochim, from Cornell University, New York
  • Elizabeth Flynn, Assistant Secretary, Preventive Health Policy, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Professor Don Nutbeam, from the Prevention Research Collaboration and the Sax Institute

6:10-6.30 pm: Questions and discussion

6:30pm: Drinks and canapes

This is a free event but registration is essential
Please register by Monday 14 March 2016

For more information please contact: preventioncentre@saxinstitute.org.au or call (02) 9188 9520.

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: 5pm-6:30pm

Venue: Seminar room, level 6, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Cost: free

About the seminar
Four top-level speakers will discuss the evaluation of physical activity interventions at a seminar co-hosted by the Prevention Centre, the Prevention Research Collaboration and the Sax Institute.


The presenter

  • Dr David Ogilvie, Cambridge University, and Thinker in Residence, Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney Medical School, School of Public Health, University of Sydney


Panellists

  • Professor Don Nutbeam, Sax Institute and Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney Medical School, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Professor William Trochim, Cornell University, New York, US
  • Elizabeth Flynn, Assistant Secretary of the Preventive Health Policy Branch in the Population Health and Sport Division of the Australian Government Department of Health.


Keynote address
Physical activity can reduce the risk and burden of many chronic diseases, but there is little evidence of public health strategies that have been effective in shifting population activity patterns in the right direction. The solutions may lie in environmental and policy changes well beyond the health sector, but these can be contentious or expensive and are often difficult to evaluate. In this presentation Dr Ogilvie will explore the opportunities and challenges in attempting rigorous evaluation of environmental approaches to promoting a more active way of life, drawing on the methods and findings of his studies of urban transport infrastructure in the UK.


The program

4:30-5:00 pm: Registration

5:00 pm: Welcome: Professor Adrian Bauman,  Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney

5.00-5.40 pm: Keynote address: Dr David Ogilvie

5:40-6:10 pm: Panellists

  • Professor William Trochim, from Cornell University, New York
  • Elizabeth Flynn, Assistant Secretary, Preventive Health Policy, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Professor Don Nutbeam, from the Prevention Research Collaboration and the Sax Institute

6:10-6.30 pm: Questions and discussion

6:30pm: Drinks and canapes

This is a free event but registration is essential
Please register by Monday 14 March 2016

For more information please contact: preventioncentre@saxinstitute.org.au or call (02) 9188 9520.

David Ogilvie
Dr David Ogilvie

Dr David Ogilvie

Dr Ogilvie qualified in medicine at the University of Cambridge and trained in general practice in the east of England, in public health medicine in the west of Scotland, and in public health research at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, before returning to the University of Cambridge to join the MRC Epidemiology Unit in 2007.

He leads the Unit’s Physical Activity and Public Health research program, which explores population-level approaches to the promotion of active living by evaluating the effects of environmental and policy interventions and understanding related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change. His methodological interests lie in the design of population-level intervention studies and in evidence synthesis. He specialises in the relationships between transport, the environment, physical activity and health and leads an interdisciplinary group of researchers working in this area, particularly on the design and analysis of natural experimental studies such as the Commuting and Health in Cambridge, iConnect and M74 studies.

Professor Don Nutbeam
Professor Don Nutbeam

Professor Don Nutbeam
Professor Nutbeam returned to Sydney last month after a six-year term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, UK. He shares his time as a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and a Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute.

His career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent health research institute. This includes a series of university leadership roles in Australia and the UK, and a period as Head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health during the Blair government (2000-2003).

His research interests are in the social and behavioural origins of health, in the development and evaluation of public health interventions, and in testing health literacy interventions.

 

Professor William Trochim
Professor William Trochim

Professor William Trochim
Professor Trochim is Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management; Director of the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation; and Director of Evaluation at Weill Cornell Medicine.

He received his PhD from the Department of Psychology at Northwestern  University in Methodology and Evaluation Research. He has published widely on  evaluation with a focus on research methods, research design, conceptualisation  methods and evolutionary and systems evaluation approaches.

For the past 15 years he has focused on evaluation of translational research, the science of science, and the assessment of large-scale biomedical research. He is working with the Prevention Centre on a flagship program of research to better understand the current situation in relation to chronic disease prevention in Australia and provide recommendations about improving the prevention of chronic disease.

 

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Elizabeth Flynn

Elizabeth Flynn
Elizabeth Flynn is the Assistant Secretary of the Preventive Health Policy Branch in the Population Health and Sport Division of the Australian Government Department of Health. She is responsible for developing food and nutrition policy, the Australian government position on food regulation matters, the Health Star Rating system, obesity and physical activity policies, chronic conditions policy and commissioning the major health surveys such as the Australian Health Survey. Previously she worked in the regulation of gene technologies and the establishment of the Organ and Tissue Authority.  She has a background in food microbiology and public health.