Synthesising our findings

First 2000 days

The first 2000 days – the period from conception to age five – is a window of opportunity to establish and support healthy behaviours among parents and their children to reduce the likelihood of chronic disease.

This knowledge synthesis aimed to combine the expertise of research, policy and communications experts to draw out policy-relevant lessons from research conducted by the Prevention Centre and the NHMRC Centres of Excellence within the Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI).

The findings are based on evidence drawn from 60 peer-reviewed articles, synthesised and interpreted with guiding input from 12 prevention policy makers from eight jurisdictions convened over two national roundtables.

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Public health law, regulation and policy for prevention

Research in public health law, regulation and policy looks at the determinants and relationships between law, policy making and health.

We brought together the findings from Prevention Centre-funded projects that focus on public health law and chronic disease prevention and identified the collective implications of this research.

These findings are based on 12 projects and 40 peer-reviewed publications and reports, focusing either on big policy issues or law and regulation. The public health topics covered in this synthesis include food, alcohol, tobacco, physical activity, immunisation and road safety, with research focusing on local, state and national levels of government.