25 episodes

Prevention Works is a series of conversations with some of our nation's top public health researchers. Join host Gretchen Miller as she brings together policy makers and researchers to discuss how the Prevention Centre is finding new ways of addressing Australia’s greatest health challenge: lifestyle-related chronic disease.

Prevention Works The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Prevention Works is a series of conversations with some of our nation's top public health researchers. Join host Gretchen Miller as she brings together policy makers and researchers to discuss how the Prevention Centre is finding new ways of addressing Australia’s greatest health challenge: lifestyle-related chronic disease.

    How does housing affect our health?

    How does housing affect our health?

    There are numerous ways in which population health could benefit if housing was improved in Australia.

    Join host Gretchen Miller and guest Professor Rebecca Bentley as they discuss the many aspects of this social determinant of health including how poor housing quality can exacerbate chronic disease and mental health, housing security, and how to address the intersection of housing, urban design, and health policy.

    Professor Bentley is an epidemiologist from the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health. She’s also the director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Housing, which is a member of the Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI). 

    Established in June 2020, CERI is a joint initiative between The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre and associated NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence. We are working together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of our work and to develop shared communications across our various projects and participating centres.

    • 40 min
    The first 2000 days: Giving our kids the best start for a healthier life

    The first 2000 days: Giving our kids the best start for a healthier life

    In this episode, host Gretchen Miller interviews guests Professor Helen Skouteris and Dr Alexandra Chung on the early days of our life's journey and how influential they are in preventing future health issues. 

    Our guests, both from Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, conducted a knowledge synthesis that examined the first 2000 days of our lives drawing on the combined research from various Centres of Research Excellence that make up the Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI). Together they mobilised researchers from CERI to synthesise what we know about the importance of the first 2000 days in a child’s life for the prevention of future chronic disease.

    Professor Helen Skouteris is a developmental psychologist and implementation science expert and head of Monash University's Health and Social Care Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Professor Skouteris is also Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy (CRE HiPP), one of the CREs that contributes to CERI.

    Dr Alexandra Chung is a VicHealth Postdoctoral Research Fellow whose interests include childhood obesity prevention, and the role of policy in equitably improving children’s diets.

    • 36 min
    How can we prevent older Australians from fall-related injuries?

    How can we prevent older Australians from fall-related injuries?

    Join podcast host Gretchen Miller and Professor Cathie Sherrington, Chief Investigator of the Centre of Research Excellence in the Prevention of Fall-related Injuries, as they discuss the rise in fall-related injuries, the various risk factors involved, and what can be done to improve those figures. Is it about physical activity, strength or balance exercises, or are there other strategies that can have a beneficial impact?

    Cathie also leads the Physical Activity Aging and Disability Research stream within the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. The CRE in the Prevention of Fall-related Injuries is a member of the Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI).

    • 31 min
    The value of partnership research to reduce harm from alcohol use

    The value of partnership research to reduce harm from alcohol use

    Alcohol use contributes significantly to Australia's health burden (burden of disease) as well as contributing billions of dollars each year in Australia in terms of healthcare and non-healthcare economic costs. The Prevention Centre together with New South Wales Health and Cancer Institute NSW recently produced an Evidence Review on the value of prevention to reduce alcohol use. In this episode, Dr Elly Howse, Research Manager at the Prevention Centre, and Nikki Woolley, Skin and Lifestyle Portfolio Manager at Cancer Institute NSW, explore the value and challenges of prevention for reducing alcohol consumption in Australia.

    • 36 min
    Is it time to call the endgame for tobacco in Australia?

    Is it time to call the endgame for tobacco in Australia?

    International expert in tobacco control policy Associate Professor Coral Gartner explores an exciting concept and hopefully eminent reality, the beginning of the end for tobacco in Australia. Associate Professor Gartner is Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame and Head of the Nicotine and Tobacco Regulatory Science Research Group, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland.

    • 32 min
    How can we better understand the risk factors for dementia?

    How can we better understand the risk factors for dementia?

    Did you know, Australia is looking at doubling our current figures to a projected 1 million people with dementia by 2056? While our lifestyles have been shown to impact the chances of getting dementia, there is no national prevention plan because we don't yet know enough about the disease to fully advise. Our guests for this episode, Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Martin McNamara are conducting separate studies to increase our understanding of dementia and its prevention in the Australian community.

    • 24 min

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15 Ratings

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Thought provoking

Extremely informative and thought provoking. A must listen!

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Great thinkers in prevention

Really informative podcast, picking up the key themes and newer thinking around prevention. Local actors and practitioners , international researchers and systems thinkers.

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