The Prevention Centre network shone while in the ‘Sunshine State’ for #Prevention2022, with the spotlight well and truly on our many projects, people and products.
We kicked off the first day of the conference by live streaming the global launch of The Lancet Global Health series on urban design, transport, and health with Distinguished Professor Billie Giles-Corti headlining this international launch. We also launched a new Evidence Review on the value of prevention in reducing alcohol consumption and showcased our new website at the Prevention Centre exhibition stand.
The conference put a strong focus on the National Preventive Health Strategy and the great potential to prevent the burden of chronic disease in Australia. It was described as an ‘uber strategy’ with many frameworks, roadmaps and strategies within it. Implementing it will need a systems perspective and the Prevention Centre is leading the way with systems approaches. Our work in systems thinking and systems change was highlighted in several presentations throughout the conference.
In her keynote speech, Professor Emily Banks AO, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at ANU, reminded us that we do not need to wait for others to implement the National Strategy as we can all identify, within our own networks and collaborations, targets or objectives to strive for. She said the conference theme ‘Accelerating Action’ was absolutely achievable.
In the Douglas Gordon Oration, Professor Anna Peeters, Director of the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University, noted the power of partnership and the power of systems, co-design and people in public health to identify potential solutions within a complex environment. She gave a truly outstanding speech that set the tone for the event and inspired us all.
There were many presentations from researchers affiliated with the Prevention Centre, covering a wide range of topics including citizen science, physical activity, dynamic simulation modelling, nutrition, childhood obesity and other issues demonstrating the value of prevention. There were also a number of presentations from members of the Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI).
One of the most popular presentations, from Dr Danielle Currie of the Sax Institute, was a preview of our webinar on Thursday 19 May showcasing the GoHealth model as a Compelling Case for Prevention.
Check out our YouTube channel for several of the Prevention Centre presentations, in the PHAA Prevention 2022 playlist.
We’re looking forward to the PHAA Preventive Health Conference 2023 in Adelaide. See you then!