Research projects

The following lists all Prevention Centre research projects, current and completed, in chronological order from newest to oldest.

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Valuing healthy liveable cities – Phase 2

Despite an increase in research on the built environment and health, much of it is never translated into policy. This project will use evidence-based indicators, large-scale individual-level activity models and an economic evaluation framework to build a ‘virtual laboratory’ to identify and test prevention strategies.

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How to fund prevention delivery

This project is researching what happens when a program is implemented, and combining this with economic valuation methods to see if it is possible to put a value on the efforts and processes that go on behind the scenes during implementation.

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Supporting priority actions in the food and nutrition system

We are working to understand how to better influence nutrition policy and ensure governments implement effective actions to create healthier food environments and support healthy eating.

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What proportion of dementia is preventable in the Australian population?

This project will examine the proportion of dementia cases that can be prevented by modifying risk factors such as poor diet, inactivity, smoking and harmful alcohol use.

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Using health promotion to reduce the burden of obesity before and in pregnancy

This project aims to create, capture and deliver health promotion, lifestyle improvement and obesity prevention strategically targeting women during pre-conception and pregnancy, to improve the health of women and the next generation.

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Tackling childhood obesity with big data and dynamic simulation modelling

This project is using dynamic simulation modelling to tackle child and adolescent overweight and obesity and unsustainable healthcare expenditure in Australia.

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Improving Aboriginal food security and diet

This project will focus on improving food security and nutrition among Aboriginal communities in urban and remote areas.

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Preventing the development of chronic pain

This project focuses on preventing and better managing chronic pain in primary care. It aims to prevent progression to disabling chronic pain, and to reduce the demand for opioid and pain management services.

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If you're interested in any of the Prevention Centre's research projects, or would like more information about any aspect of our work, please email us at or call us on (02) 9188 9576.

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