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.

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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Scaling up interventions: what's the evidence it will work?

This project set out to provide the evidence that will help policy makers decide whether programs are ‘scalable’ (i.e that they will work, be widely adopted, be acceptable, and be cost effective when rolled out at state or national level).

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Creating healthy liveable neighbourhoods

The project reviewed state-based urban planning policies across five liveability domains (alcohol, food, public open space, transport, walkability) and explored the relationships between these policies and health outcomes.

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Designing economic evaluations to better inform investment in prevention programs

This project set out to develop guidelines for economic evaluations that would enable policy makers to make better decision about the benefits of prevention programs.

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A what-if tool to address alcohol harms

This project developed a dynamic simulation model of alcohol use in NSW to forecast the
effectiveness of a variety of approaches and explore what combination of interventions is likely
to achieve the best outcomes.

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