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.

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

Prevention Centre Senior Research Fellow, Dr Melanie Pescud and aerospace engineer, Matthew Vella discuss and define 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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Bringing research into the real world: the challenges of scaling up

This episode we're talking about scaling up. That's where you take a program that's worked and bring it to larger populations - a challenge for policy makers all over the world. Why do we struggle with scaling up? Why isn't it consistently handled, why do so many promising projects that could be scaled up die on the vine, and, of course, what can we do to fix it?

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How does preventing chronic disease help reduce cancer deaths?

Our Funding Partner, Cancer Council Australia, has long been an expert in prevention. In this podcast, we chat to CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda about new frontiers in tobacco control, risk factors for obesity, and the power of industry.

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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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