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.

How can we better understand the risk factors for dementia?

Did you know, Australia is looking at doubling our current figures to a projected 1 million people with dementia by 2056? Our guests for this episode, Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Martin McNamara are conducting separate studies to increase our understanding of dementia and its prevention in the Australian community.

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‘Soft power’ for prevention comes from engaging the public with prevention as a science

Professor Penny Hawe, Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney and a member of the Prevention Centre's Leadership Executive, is a champion for prevention and finding creative ways to get the preventive health message to cut through with the public.

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Systems thinking in the community: Nothing about us, without us

Professor Steve Allender, Professor of Public Health and Founding Director, The Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), Deakin University, discusses how systems thinking can help solve complex problems at the community level.

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Systems thinking across disciplines: Working, moving, and living within systems

Prevention Centre Senior Research Fellow, Dr Melanie Pescud and aerospace engineer, Matthew Vella go back to basics to define the fundamentals of systems thinking across their respective disciplines of public health and engineering. They reveal similarities and differences in perspectives and share lessons learnt.

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The past, present and future of chronic disease prevention research

Prevention Centre Co-Director Professor Andrew Wilson chats about his years of experience in public health, the current health crisis, and what the future holds for the prevention of chronic disease in Australia.

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How challenging climate change will have profound benefits for public health

Dr Nick Watts is the Executive Director of The Lancet Countdown and a population health and policy expert in health and climate change. In this episode, he proposes that how we respond to climate change could be the biggest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

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Understanding hate through a public health lens

Professor Sandro Galea is one of the most important and innovative voices in American health and medicine. In this incisive discussion, Professor Galea defines hate in all its forms and walks us through some practical options to prevent hate.

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Why complex is not the same as complicated and what this means for how we approach complex problems

Traditionally science is based on the idea that if you work out the causes of a problem, you know how to solve it. But this reductionist view won't work for complex problems. Professor Diane Finegood discusses why we need a more integrative approach to produce the kind of evidence we need.

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