The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre is finding out how to build an effective, efficient and equitable system for the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic disease.

Published research


Atkinson JA, Knowles D, Wiggers J, et al. Harnessing advances in computer simulation to inform policy and planning to reduce alcohol-related harms. Int J Public Health. 2017; epub before print.

Atkinson J, O’Donnell E, Wiggers J, McDonnell G, Mitchell J, Freebairn L, Indig D, Rychetnik L. Dynamic simulation modelling of policy responses to reduce alcohol-related harms: rationale and procedure for a participatory approach. Public Health Res Pract. 2017;27(1):e2711707.

Badland HM, Rachele JN, Roberts R, Giles-Corti B. Creating and applying public transport indicators to test pathways of behaviours and health through an urban transport framework. J Transp Health. 2017;4:208-215;

Chamberlain C, Perlen S, Brennan S, Rychetnik L, Thomas D, Maddox R, Alam N, Banks E, Wilson A, Eades S. Evidence for a comprehensive approach to Aboriginal tobacco control to maintain the decline in smoking: an overview of reviews among Indigenous peoples Syst Rev 2017;6:135 doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0520-9

Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wye P, Clancy R, Castle D, Wutzke S, Rissel C, Wilson A, McCombie P, Murphy F, Bowman J. Evaluating the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle clinician in addressing the chronic disease risk behaviours of community mental health clients: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2017; 18:276. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-2017-1

Freebairn L, Rychetnik L, Atkinson J, Kelly P, McDonnell G, Roberts N, Whittall C, Redman S. Knowledge mobilisation for policy development: implementing systems approaches through participatory dynamic simulation modelling. Health Res Policy Syst. 2017;15:83 doi: 10.1186/s12961-017-0245-1

Indig D, Lee K, Grunseit A, Milat A, Bauman A. Pathways for scaling up public health interventions BMC Public Health. 2017;18:68 doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4572-5

Lung TW, Muhunthan J, Laba T-L, Shiell A, Milat A, Jan S. Making guidelines for economic evaluations relevant to public health in Australia. Aust NZJ Public Health. 2016; doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12601

Muhunthan J, Angell B, Wilson A, Reeve B, and Jan S. Judicial intervention in alcohol regulation: an empirical legal analysis. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2017 doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12666

Muhunthan J, Angell B, Hackett ML, Wilson W, Latimer J, Eades A-M, Jan S. Global systematic review of Indigenous community-led legal interventions to control alcohol. BMJ Open 2017;7:e013932. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013932

O’Donnell E, Atkinson JA, Freebairn L, Rychetnik L. Participatory simulation modelling to inform public health policy and practice: Rethinking the evidence hierarchies. J Public Health Policy. 2017;May;38(2):203–215. doi: 10.1057/s41271-016-0061-9.

Rowbotham, S, McKinnon, M, Leach, J, Lamberts, R, Hawe, P. (2017). Does citizen science have the capacity to transform population health science? Crit Public Health. 2017; advance online publication. doi:10.1080/09581596.2017.1395393

Rutter H, Savona N, Glonti K, Bibby J, Cummins S, Finegood DT, Greaves F, Harper L, Hawe P, Moore L, Petticrew M, Rehfuess E, Shiell A, Thomas J, White M. The need for a complex systems model of evidence for public health. Lancet. 2017; doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31267-9

Wilson A, Barnett P, Rowbotham S, Wutzke S. High risk prevention strategies. Oxford Bibliographies. Last updated 30 March 2017. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756797-0159

Wutzke S, Redman S, Bauman A, Hawe P, Shiell A, Thackway S, Wilson A. A new model of collaborative research: experiences from one of Australia’s NHMRC Partnership Centres for Better Health. Public Health Res Pract. 2017;27(1):e2711706.

Wutzke S, Roberts N, Willis C, Best A, Wilson A, Trochim W. Setting strategy for system change: using concept mapping to prioritise national action for chronic disease prevention. Health Res Policy Syst. 2017;15:69 doi 10.1186/s12961-017-0231-7


Angell B, Muhunthan J, Eades A-M, Cunningham J, Garvey G, Cass A, Howard K, Ratcliffe J, Eades S, Jan S. The health-related quality of life of Indigenous populations: a global systematic review Qual Life Res 2016;doi: 10.1007/s11136-016-1311-9

Carey G, Malbon E, Crammond B, Pescud M, Philip B. Can the sociology of social problems help us to understand and manage ‘lifestyle drift’? Health Promotion International 2016, 1–7 doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav116

Chappell S, Pescud M, Waterworth P, Shilton T, Roche D, Ledger M, Slevin T, Rosenberg M. Exploring the process of implementing healthy workplace initiatives: Mapping to Kotter’s leading change model. J Occup Environ Med 2016. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000854

Conte KP, Schure MB, Goins RT. Older American Indians’ perspectives on health, arthritis, and physical activity: Implications for adapting evidence-based interventions, Oregon, 2013. Prev Chronic Dis 2016;13:160098. doi:

Davies C, Pescud M, Anwar-McHenry J, Wright P. Arts, public health and the National Arts and Health Framework: a lexicon for health professionals.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2016; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12545

Freebairn L, Atkinson J, Kelly P, McDonnell G, Rychetnik L. Simulation modelling as a tool for knowledge mobilisation in health policy settings: a case study protocol Health Res Policy Syst 2016;14:71 doi: 10.1186/s12961-016-0143-y

Greenwood-Lee J, Hawe P, Nettel-Aguirre A, Shiell A, Marshall DA. Complex intervention modelling should capture the dynamics of adaptation. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 16:51 doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0149-8

Grunseit AC, Rowbotham S, Pescud M, Indig D, Wutzke S. Beyond fun runs and fruit bowls: an evaluation of the meso-level processes that shaped the Australian Healthy Workers Initiative. Health Promot J Austr 2016 doi: 10.1071/HE16049

Kanal S, Lloyd B, Rissel C, Portors C, Grunseit A, Indig D, Ibrahim I, McElduff S. Evaluation of the implementation of Get Healthy at Work, a workplace health promotion program in New South Wales, Australia. Health Promot J Austr 2016 doi: 10.1071/HE16039

Lee AJ, Kane S, Ramsey R, Good E, Dick M. Testing the price and affordability of healthy and current (unhealthy) diets and the potential impacts of policy change in Australia. BMC Public Health (2016)16:315 doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2996-y

Lewis M, Lee A.  Costing ‘healthy’ food baskets in Australia – a systematic review of food price and affordability monitoring tools, protocols and methods. Public Health Nutr 2016; 19(16), pp. 2872–2886. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016002160

Liu H, Muhunthan J, Hayek A, Hackett M, Laba T, Peiris D, Jan S. Examining the use of process evaluations of randomised controlled trials of complex interventions addressing chronic disease in primary health care—a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev 2016;15;5(1):138. doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0314-5.

Mandell M, Keast R, Chamberlain D. Collaborative networks and the need for a new management language. Public Manag Rev 2016;1–16. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2016.1209232

Muhunthan J, Eades AM, Jan S. UN-led Universal Periodic Review highly critical of Australia’s record on human rights and health for Indigenous Australians. BMJ Glob Health 2016;1:e000018. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2015-000018

Pescud M, Waterworth P, Shiltond T, Teal R, Slevin T, Ledger M, Lester L, Rosenberg M. A healthier workplace? Implementation of fruit boxes in the workplace. Health Education Journal  March 6, 20160017896916629817

Thurber KA., Banwell C, Neeman T, Dobbins T, Pescud M, Lovett R, Banks E. Understanding barriers to fruit and vegetable intake in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: a mixed-methods approach. Public Health Nutr 2016. pp.1–16. doi:10.1017/S1368980016003013.

Waterworth P, Pescud M, Chappell S, Davies C, Roche D, Shilton T, Ledger M, Slevin T, Rosenberg M. Culture, management and finances as key aspects for healthy workplace initiatives. Health Promot Int 2016; doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw068

Wolfenden L, Jones J, Williams C, Finch M, Wyse RJ, Kingsland M, Tzelepis F, Wiggers J, Williams AJ, Seward K, Small T, Welch V, Booth D, Yoong S. Strategies to improve the implementation of healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention policies, practices or programmes within childcare services.Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD011779. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011779.pub2

Wright D, Gordon R, Carr D, Craig JC, Banks E, Muthayya S, Wutzke S, Eades SJ, Redman S, on behalf of the SEARCH collaborators. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): a long-term platform for closing the gap. Public Health Res Pract. 2016;26(3):e2631635. doi: phrp2631635

Wutzke S, Morrice E, Benton M, Wilson A.What will it take to improve prevention of chronic diseases in Australia? A case study of two national approaches. Aust Health Rev 2016; doi: 10.1071/AH16002

Wutzke S, Benton M, Verma R. Towards the implementation of large scale innovations in complex health care systems: views of managers and frontline personnel BMC Res Notes 2016; 9:327 doi 10.1186/s13104-016-2133-0

Wutzke S, Morrice E, Benton M, Wilson A. Systems approaches for chronic disease prevention: sound logic and empirical evidence, but is this view shared outside of academia? Public Health Res Pract 2016;26(3):e2631632. doi:

Yu S, Muhunthan J, Lindley R, Glozier N, Jan S, Anderson C, Li Q, Hackett M. Driving in stroke survivors aged 18–65 years: The Psychosocial Outcomes In StrokE (POISE) Cohort Study. Int J Stroke 2016;11(7)799–806. doi: 10.1177/1747493016641952

Zapata-Diomedi B, and Veerman L. The association between built environment features and physical activity in the Australian context: A synthesis of the literature. BMC Public Health 2016;16:484 doi 10.1186/s12889-016-3154-2

Zapata-Diomedi B, Mantilla Herrera AM, Veerman JL. The effects of built environment attributes on physical activity-related health and health care costs outcomes in Australia Health Place 2016, Volume 42, Pages 19–29


Atkinson J, Page A, Wells R, Milat A, Wilson A. A modelling tool for policy analysis to support the design of efficient and effective policy responses for complex public health problems. Implementation Science. 2015 10:26 doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0221-5.

Atkinson JM, Wells R, Page A, Dominello A, Haines M, Wilson A. Applications of system dynamics modelling to support health policy. Public Health Res Pract. 2015;25(3):e2531531

Badland H, Mavoa S, Livingston M, David S, Giles-Corti B. Testing spatial measures of alcohol outlet density with self-rated health in the Australian context: Implications for policy and practice. Drug and Alcohol Review. doi: 10.1111/dar.12341

Carey G, Malbon E, Carey N, Joyce A, Crammond B, Carey A. Systems science and systems thinking for public health: a systematic review of the field. BMJ Open 2015;5:e009002.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009002

Eades SJ, Chamberlain C. Seeking a comprehensive approach to tobacco control for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Med J Aust 2015; 202 (10): 511–512.

Feng X, Wilson A. Do neighbourhood socioeconomic circumstances not matter for weight status among Australian men? Multilevel evidence from a household survey of 14,691 adults. BMJ Open 2015;5:e007052. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007052

Feng X, Wilson A (2015) Getting Bigger, Quicker? Gendered Socioeconomic Trajectories in Body Mass Index across the Adult Lifecourse: A Longitudinal Study of 21,403 Australians. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141499. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141499

Giles-Corti B, Sallis JF, Sugiyama T, Frank LD, Lowe M, Owen N. Translating active living research into policy and practice: One important pathway to chronicdisease prevention. Journal of Public Health Policy (2015) 36, 231–243. doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.53; published online 22 January 2015

Harris P, Friel S, Wilson A. Including health in systems responsible for urban planning’: a realist policy analysis research programme. BMJ Open 2015;5:e008822. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008822

Hawe P. Lessons from complex interventions to promote health. Annual Review of Public Health 2015;36:307-323

Hawe P, Riley T, Gartrell A, Turner K, Canales, Omstead D. Comparison communities in a cluster randomised trial innovate in response to ‘being controlled’. Soc Sci Med. 2015;133:1021–110.

Hawe P, Bond L, Ghali LM, Perry R, Blackstaffe A, Davison CM, Casey DM, Butler H, Webster CM, Scholz B. Replication of a whole school ethos changing intervention: different context, similar effects, additional insights. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:265.

Hawe P. Minimal, negligible and negligent interventions. Soc Sci Med. Published online 16 May 2015.

Kite J, Indig D, Mihrshahi S, Milat A, Bauman A. Assessing the usefulness of systematic reviews for policymakers in public health: A case study of overweight and obesity prevention interventions. Prev Med. 2015 Aug 21;81:99-107. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.08.012

Kite J, Hector D, St George A, Pedisic Z, Phongsavan P, Bauman A, Mitchell J, Bellew B. Comprehensive sector-wide strategies to prevent and control obesity: what are the potential health and broader societal benefits? A case study from Australia. Public Health Res Pract. 2015;25(4):e2541545.
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Muhunthan J, Eades A-M, Jan S. Neglecting preventive health threatens child rights in Australia. The Lancet. 2015

Rachele JN, Kavanagh, AM, Badland H, Giles-Corti B, Washington S, Turrell G. Associations between individual socioeconomic position, neighbourhood disadvantage and transport mode: baseline results from the HABITAT multilevel study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2015;69:1217–1223. doi:10.1136/jech-2015-205620


Giles-Corti B, Badland H, Mavoa S, Turrell G, Bull F, Boruff B, Pettit C, Redman S, Bauman A, Hooper P, Villanueva K, Astell-Burt T, Feng X, Learnihan V, Davey R, Grenfell R, Thackway S. Reconnecting urban planning with health: a protocol for the development and validation of national liveability indicators associated with noncommunicable disease risk behaviours and health outcomes. Public Health Res Practice. 2014;25(1):e2511405.

Giles-Corti B, Macaulay G, Middleton N, Boruff B, Bull F, Butterworth I, Badland H, Mavoa S, Roberts R, Christian H. Developing a research and practice tool to measure walkability: a demonstration project. Health Promot J Austr. 2014, 25, 160–166.

Siokou C, Morgan R, Shiell A. Group model building: a participatory approach to understanding and acting on systems. Public Health Res Practice. 2014; 25(1):e2511404.

Wilson A. Budget cuts risk halting Australia’s progress in preventing chronic disease. Med J Aust 2014; 200 (10): 558-559. doi: 10.5694/mja14.00726.

Wilson A, Wutzke S, Overs M. The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre: systems thinking to prevent lifestyle-related chronic illness. Public Health Res Practice. 2014;25(1):e2511401.