Podcasts

Prevention Works is a series of conversations with some of our nation’s top public health researchers. Join host Gretchen Miller as she brings together policy makers and researchers to discuss how the Prevention Centre is finding new ways of addressing Australia’s greatest health challenge: lifestyle-related chronic disease.

Addressing chronic pain - one of our biggest health problems in Australia

Prevention Works visits Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney to meet with Professor Fiona Blyth, who is leading a study into the prevention of chronic pain for the Prevention Centre. Listen to Fiona explain the difference between acute and chronic pain, the massive scale of the problem in Australia, and why primary care is key.

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Tackling the pandemic of diabetes in pregnancy

Dr Chris Nolan used to see all his pregnant mothers with diabetes in a morning. Now, he's swamped. He joins Louise Freebairn to discuss why so many pregnant women are presenting with this dangerous condition, and how dynamic simulation modelling is providing some answers on how to intervene in the ACT.

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How mental illness puts you at risk of chronic disease

People with a mental health condition are among the most vulnerable to the risk factors for chronic disease, like smoking, drinking too much and poor nutrition. Professor Jenny Bowman's research is finding ways of protecting both people's physical as well as mental health.

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A passion to address maternal and child obesity

Professors Helena Teede and Louise Baur have spent their careers addressing child obesity from very different perspectives. They chat to host Gretchen Miller about what needs to be done.

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Why prevention policy is better than cure

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly discusses the realities of making the case for prevention in this wide-ranging discussion on issues from obesity to pill testing to the nanny state.

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How can we use the law to help improve our health?

Public health law is often thought of as being 'nanny state'. However, laws have given us many policies we take for granted today, such as seat belt use and gun control. So how effective is the law in improving people's health?

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Tackling how to get Australians moving each and every day

Australia is a nation of beautiful beaches and parks, temperate weather and safe streets. And yet, Finnish people are more active in the depths of their cold, dark winter than we are. Why are we so inactive?

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The power of planning to improve health in entire communities

With Australia's population set to double by 2050, understanding the public health implications of urban planning is now more important than ever.

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