Emeritus Professor Adrian Bauman AO acknowledges that addressing physical inactivity is a major challenge for prevention, and efforts in Australia to date have been intermittent and uncoordinated. No national physical activity policy exists in Australia, although such a framework is essential for progress. Furthermore, despite much NHMRC-funded research assessing the effectiveness of individual interventions, little integration has occurred across sectors that could contribute to a more active Australia.
A systems approach to understanding and influencing physical inactivity is the only way we are likely to make population health improvements in this risk factor, or make any progress towards achieving the World Health Organization goal of a reduction in inactivity by 15% by 2030.
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