Obesity sending over-45s to hospital – at a cost of $4billion per year

Media release: 31 October 2014. One in every six days spent in Australian hospitals is related to overweight and obesity among the over-45s, costing the nation nearly $4 billion a year, new research shows. The research, which looked at the hospital records of more than 200,000 people aged 45−79...

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Victoria embraces systems thinking in prevention

Latest news: 7 October 2014. Dr Shelley Bowen says systems thinking is transforming Victoria’s approach to preventing obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease. Dr Bowen, Senior Public Health Advisor with the Victorian Department of Health, spoke at the recent Equity Conference about the statewide prevention platform, Healthy Together Victoria (HTV)...

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Talking the walk: health planners urged to attend conference

Walk21 Director Jim Walker

Latest news: 8 September 2014. Sydney will soon host an international conference where health planners can play a key role in sharing strategies to make our cities more walkable – reducing one of the key risk factors for chronic disease, physical inactivity. The Walk21 Conference, which will be held...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 27

June/July 2014. The HARC partners were delighted to host an event in May featuring Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who spoke about how the UK’s National Health Service is using performance measurement to drive health systems change. There was a record level of interest in the event, which also received coverage on...

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Evaluating prevention – not just about the bottom line

Logo for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre for chronic disease prevention

Latest news: 28 July 2014. Economic analysis of prevention programs has traditionally focused on measuring the bottom line – costs and improvements in survival and quality of life – but it doesn’t often capture all the benefits of prevention programs. Professor Stephen Jan is leading an Australian Prevention Partnership Centre project...

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Sax adviser honoured in NHMRC excellence awards

Latest news: 4 August 2014. The Sax Institute’s Senior Science Adviser, Dr Bette Liu, has been honoured with one of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) top prizes for excellence in health and medical research. Dr Liu, a medically trained epidemiologist who is also a senior lecturer...

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Measuring how city design affects our health

Green city scape representing walkability and liveability for chronic disease prevention.

Latest news: 5 June 2014. In the annals of public health, few stories so clearly illustrate the link between city design and health as the tale of the Broad Street pump in 19th century London. At the time, physician John Snow believed that contaminated water from sewerage caused cholera,...

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HARC presents: Five questions with Sir Bruce Keogh

Video: 30 May 2014. In May 2014, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh addressed a HARC Forum on the topic of performance measurement. He discussed the challenges of measuring health system performance, and how results have been used to drive change in England’s National Health Service (NHS). For this short video,...

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Tackling complex problems requires a new type of thinking

Latest news: 22 May 2014. When Professor Ockie Bosch applied for a coveted grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he was allowed just two pages to make his case stand out among the thousands of other applicants. The Gates Foundation had called for ‘bold’ and ‘wild’ ideas...

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Preventing lifestyle-related chronic disease fact sheet

Learn about the work of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, a $22.6million initiative administered by the Sax Institute and funded by the NHMRC, the Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Ministry of Health, ACT Health and the HCF Research Foundation. Download factsheet (PDF 146KB) Visit The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre section...

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