Research projects

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

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Assessing costs and benefits of whole-of-government prevention

This project aimed to enhance whole-of-government decision making on prevention interventions through developing a framework to determine value for money of prevention activities across sectors.

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A sense of scale: Exploring ways to implement effective prevention

This project aimed to improve the implementation of evidence-based interventions addressing chronic disease risk factors by identifying effective scaling-up strategies in community settings such as childcare services, schools, workplaces and sports venues.

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Learning from local communities: Prevention Tracker expands

Prevention Tracker worked with a number of communities across diverse areas and populations of Australia to help better understand local communities’ prevention systems and then guide and monitor communities’ work to prevent chronic disease.

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Shedding light on how health policies are implemented

This project explored some electronic methods for collecting data about health prevention policy and program distribution - to examine and quantify the extent to which resources and organisational capacity contribute to implementing policies and achieving targets.

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Losing weight and keeping it off

The project investigated the effectiveness of financial and social incentives to maintain weight loss that participants achieve during the Healthy Weight For Life program.

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Integrating mind and body: combining physical and mental health

This project explored the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of a locating a designated preventive care practitioner in a mental health service to address clients’ chronic disease risks.

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Strengthening the evidence for childhood obesity strategies

Using a case study approach, the project investigated the enablers and barriers to successful implementation of childhood obesity management strategies using the experiences of implementing evidence-based programs in Queensland and NSW.

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Benchmarking obesity policies in Australia

This project assessed whether globally recommended policies for creating healthy food environments are being implemented in Australia. It created report cards of Australian performance, clearly recognising good performance and highlighting areas for further improvements.

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