Findings briefs

These briefs summarise the key results and relevance of completed Prevention Centre research projects – the reason for the project, what the project did, what it found and why it matters.

How can citizen science help public health research?

This project piloted a citizen science approach to monitor workplace support for breastfeeding, providing novel insights that would not be picked up through more traditional approaches.

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How can we use the law to prevent chronic disease?

A new method of evaluating public health law - using case law to understand what happens when laws are tested in the real world - will help governments target more effective laws to protect population health and prevent unintended consequences.

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Understanding resources from the community’s perspective

This project explored community capacity to adapt and change as an important component of improving health and wellbeing. It identified a diverse range of community resources such as social networks, trust, community narratives and culture.

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Healthy public policy to support healthy and equitable eating: the HE² project

Our HE² Framework provides governments with plausible intersectoral policy actions that have the potential to advance public health nutrition equitably.

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Australian perceptions of prevention

Our survey and focus groups on how the community perceives government
action on prevention found people’s views are more nuanced than a simplistic ‘nanny state vs freedom’ argument.

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Strategies to reduce alcohol-related harms in Tasmania

Alcohol-related harm is a complex, wicked problem. This project developed a ‘what-if’ tool to test the likely impacts over time of a range of policies and programs to reduce alcohol-related harms in Tasmania.

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Modelling the effects of quitting smoking on COPD

This project was the first in Australia to develop a dynamic simulation model to forecast the population health implications of smoking behaviour on COPD over the next 50 years. It found longer and more frequent quit attempts will lead to less COPD among smokers in future.

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Ways to scale interventions in the community

Implementing interventions at scale is the best way of maximising their benefits. This seminal project consolidated the evidence base on the effectiveness of implementation strategies in community settings.

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