Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI)
CERI is a joint initiative between the Prevention Centre and seven NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence. We work together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of our work and to develop shared advocacy for prevention.
Our mission and goals
To enhance the impact, profile and value-add of prevention research in Australia through expanded multi-centre collaboration and networking.
How we add value for participating research centres
CERI enhances the impact of our members’ prevention research by extending its reach and drawing on a broader range of partners and bodies of work than would be possible within each of its participating organisations.
CERI provides a mechanism for synthesising different findings and perspectives into compelling and relevant messages for policy and practice. It enables us to interpret the implications of our evidence from cross-disciplinary perspectives, to reflect on the policy implications of evidence across programs of research, and to jointly identify aligned opportunities, gaps, new opportunities for collaboration.
Presenting a case for change as a unified group of research centres offers the opportunity to add weight to policy or funding recommendations and boosts gives us a strong, united voice to advocate for prevention.
CERI allows us to share lessons on what works across research groups, for example, in knowledge mobilisation, science communication and capacity building, and to build on what others have learned.
How we add value for early- to mid-career researchers
CERI provides the opportunity to enhance support for EMCRs by sharing resources for capacity building. It provides new and expanded opportunities for EMCRs to network, receive peer-support and participate in EMCR-focused events.
Participating EMCRs have the chance to present to (and learn from) people outside their primary research centre and area of research, and to lead different aspects of joint cross-centre EMCR initiatives.
How we add value for policy makers
CERI answers a need articulated by our policy partners to draw out the policy implications of prevention research into coherent and relevant messages.
We generate multi-centre narratives about the findings of major prevention research programs of work and provide consensus views and shared recommendations about the implications of evidence for policy and practice.
We develop agreed multi-centre position statements and draw on these understandings to provide bespoke communications that are useful to our policy partners.
Engaging with CERI provides policy makers with a doorway to an expanded network of leading prevention researchers, and new, expanded opportunities for policy-research dialogue, exchange and partnerships.
CERI submission to the National Obesity Prevention Strategy
We congratulate the Australian Government for progressing the National Obesity Prevention Strategy, which is long overdue. We support the guiding principles, objectives, ambitions, and individual strategies in the draft Strategy, and its focus on the environment and strategies that address broader determinants of health and multisectoral actions beyond the health system.
However, a number of key additional components need to be added for the Strategy to make a significant change to the prevalence of obesity in Australia and the sequelae of obesity – debilitating chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, dementia, and osteoarthritis.
About the participating CREs
CRE in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy (HiPP)
The Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy (CRE HiPP) is an innovative, passionate, multi-disciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, students and consumers determined to refine and implement health promotion, lifestyle improvement and obesity prevention for women planning pregnancy and during pregnancy.
Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH)
The Centre of Research Excellence In the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE) brings together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from Australia, New Zealand and England to work collaboratively on approaches to prevention of obesity in children aged 0 to 5 years. EPOCH aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related behaviours in the first five years of life, and their future impact.
National Centre of Implementation Science (NCOIS)
NCOIS’s focus is to identify and optimise methods in implementation and research translation on chronic disease prevention within community settings. It offers support and guidance for implementing evidence-based prevention strategies into policies, practices and programs. NCOIS focuses on prevention strategies related to diet, physical activity, weight status, tobacco and alcohol, in a range of community settings, such as childcare, schools, sporting clubs and workplaces.
Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH) collaboration
RE-FRESH is the first international centre for healthy food retail research, policy and practice. It aims to transform food retail environments to improve diet and health at a population level.
Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame
This CRE brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts to develop the evidence base for tobacco endgame strategies and identify the most promising policies that could end the cigarette epidemic in Australia, and beyond.
Centre for Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life (CRE WHiRL)
CRE WHiRL aims to measurably improve health outcomes and quality of life in women’s reproductive health for meaningful health impact. It addresses neglected women’s reproductive health gaps in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, infertility and early menopause.
Centre of Research Excellence in the Prevention of Fall-related Injuries
CRE in the Prevention of Fall-related Injuries brings together a diverse team of researchers that will collaboratively develop and evaluate strategies in fall prevention that will have the best chance of reducing Australia’s rising rate of fall-related injuries.
CERI in the news
Read more about CERI in our News section, including media coverage.