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Bringing together the national story of the Healthy Worker Initiatives

This project aimed to further our understanding of the changes in health outcomes, health behaviour and organisational culture that came out of the Healthy Worker Initiatives that were part of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.

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Are healthy diets really more expensive?

This project developed the first nationally standardised tools and protocols to determine the relative price and affordability of healthy and unhealthy (current) diets.

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Learning from complexity: when theory follows practice

Professor Penny Hawe led this program of work aimed at gaining insights into the dynamics of complex interventions in public health.

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Model behaviour: A systems approach to alcohol-related harm

This project developed a system dynamics model of alcohol use to simulate the effectiveness of a variety of approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm. The model addressed binge drinking and high overall (or average) consumption.

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Scaling up interventions: Making sure bigger is better

Using case studies and reviews, this research identified the components that contribute to successful scaled-up health interventions.

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Understanding barriers to evaluating complex interventions

This project developed an understanding of the barriers to organisations conducting routine evaluation of complex interventions and develop strategies to overcome these barriers.

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Taking a snapshot of the economics of prevention

The project took a snapshot of the current state of the economic evidence about prevention and health promotion, identifying areas where the economic evidence is plentiful and areas where more evaluation has to be done.

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Revealing the unsung heroes of healthy public policy

This project is finding new ways to frame health promotion and disease prevention that value the role of the hidden workforce who create healthy public policy, and to quantify the benefits of public health interventions that have been taken for granted.

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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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