Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI)

CERI’s mission and goals

  • Expand

    Develop new, expanded and shared evidence-informed narratives and policy briefs for policy makers and research funders about systems approaches to chronic disease prevention.
  • Share

    Build on and synthesise for wide dissemination the shared learnings about knowledge mobilisation and science communication to support impact on policy and practice.
  • Develop

    Provide new expanded multi-centre opportunities for professional development and capacity building for early- and mid-career researchers.

How CERI adds value for policy makers

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.

It provides a mechanism for synthesising different findings and perspectives into compelling and relevant messages for policy and practice. Presenting a case for change as a unified group of research centres offers the opportunity to add weight to policy or funding recommendations and gives us a strong, united voice to advocate for prevention.

CERI allows us to share lessons on what works across research groups and to jointly identify aligned opportunities, gaps, new opportunities for collaboration. It provides the opportunity to enhance support for early- to mid-career researchers (EMCRs) by sharing resources for capacity building and networking.


How CERI adds value for 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.

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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.

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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.