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A community-wide intervention of diet, physical activity and education over five years, as well as a trial looking into the effects of health coaching on dietary change in weight loss and weight maintenance, is the major thrust of a new population health flagship project announced in March 2012.
With substantial funding and support from IHMRI’s partners, the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), “Health Connect: A Chronic Disease Prevention Program for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Population” will deliver research data that can be translated into practice by local health care providers.
The project was selected by IHMRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee and Board of Directors following a call for expressions late last year. Two proposals were considered and assessed against selection criteria including the experience and expertise of the team, the potential for impact, scientific validity, collaboration and evidence of community partnership.
Health Connect not only demonstrates IHMRI’s commitment to improving the health status of Illawarra residents, but leverages well-established relationships in research, education and health service provision as well as expertise in medicine, dietetics, exercise science, public health and psychology.
According to one of the project leaders, UOW Professor Linda Tapsell, the project is the culmination of a long-standing collaboration between ISLHD and UOW researchers. “For several years clinicians and health researchers have worked at the grass-roots level of inquiry, sharing knowledge and skills in addressing key questions relating to the health of our community.
“The IHMRI flagship program provides an opportunity to consolidate these efforts into a major project that will benefit the community and showcase the capacity of this region to undertake innovative research in support of population health,” she says.
Professor Tapsell and the other project leaders, Associate Professor Vicki Flood, Associate Professor Joseph Ciarrochi, Dr Greg Peoples, Clinical Professor Jan Potter, Senior Dietitian Marianna Milosavljevic and Clinical Professor Maureen Lonergan, will spend the next few months refining the proposal and engaging specialists to design a study that will deliver results that can be directly translated into health improvements in the region.
For further information, contact: Pat Frencham, Research Development Officer, IHMRI.
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Australians should be consuming at least 40 grams and ideally 50 grams of whole grains daily according to Professor Stephen Lillioja, who says whole grains are as important as fruit and vegetables in protecting the body against chronic disease. ABC Science.
Project Air is a Personality Disorders Strategy that aims to enhance treatment options for people with personality disorders and their families and carers. Visit the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders website.
The Illawarra Born birth cohort study received seed funding from IHMRI in 2011. The pilot will commence recruitment in 2013 and follow an extended family unit over time with the primary aim of making discoveries that improve the health and wellbeing of Illawarra residents. More in IHMRI News Spring 2012.