Tenth CRE joins Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI)



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The Healthy Housing Centre of Research Excellence is the latest CRE to join the collaboration, which brings organisations together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of their work.

The housing problems that cause poor health urgently need to be addressed. While other high-income countries have actively and successfully used housing to reduce their burden of disease, Australian policy and research has failed to bridge disciplinary silo. This innovative CRE brings together the leaders capable of addressing the issues. It is the first and only health-focussed Centre to span healthy housing for Indigenous Australians, people in need and the growing population of rental housing tenants.

Led by Professor Rebecca Bentley from the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the Healthy Housing CRE brings together disciplinary approaches and leaders to drive change by embracing new approaches like simulation modelling to measure health gains, and machine learning to understand complexity. 

Prevention Centre Co-Director Professor Lucie Rychetnik said CERI was evolving into a force for prevention that could present a united voice on issues such as equity, implementation, research capacity and making the case for prevention.

The fact that we are working together collaboratively through CERI is a real strength for prevention research and research impact in Australia.

Professor Lucie Rychetnik, Prevention Centre Co-Director

CERI was formed in 2020 to enhance the impact, profile and value-add of prevention research in Australia through expanded multi-centre collaboration and networking.

It has developed a series of joint narratives and stories about prevention, a User Guide on knowledge translation and science communication for CREs working in prevention, and a number of submissions to Government.

A major focus of CERI is on shared capacity building for Australia’s future prevention workforce.

Early to mid-career researchers from the participating centres have the opportunity to attend regular seminars and networking events, receive communications support, and work together to synthesise knowledge across the centres for policy.

A national Emerging Leaders symposium is planned for July, offering a full day of facilitated networking and interactive online sessions around perspectives on systems impact on chronic disease prevention.

About CERI

The Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI) is a joint initiative between the Prevention Centre and several NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, established in June 2020 to enhance the profile and impact of chronic disease prevention in Australia. We are working together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of our work and to develop shared communications across our various projects and participating centres.

CERI develop shared communication across research projects and participating centres.