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A snapshot of the scope of obesity prevention practice in Australia.

Pettman,T, Bolton,K, Love,P, Waters,E, Gill,T, Whelan,J, Boylan,S, Armstrong,R, Coveney,J, Booth,S, Swinburn,B and Allender,S 2015, A snapshot of the scope of obesity prevention practice in Australia., Health Promotion International, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav024.

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Title A snapshot of the scope of obesity prevention practice in Australia.
Author(s) Pettman,T
Bolton,K
Love,P
Waters,E
Gill,T
Whelan,J
Boylan,S
Armstrong,R
Coveney,J
Booth,S
Swinburn,B
Allender,S
Journal name Health Promotion International
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 1460-2245
Keyword(s) Australia
community-based
obesity
prevention
Summary Community-based initiatives (CBIs) that build capacity and promote healthy environments hold promise for preventing obesity and non-communicable disease, however their characteristics remain poorly understood and lessons are learned in isolation. This limits understanding of likely effectiveness of CBIs; the potential for actively supporting practice; and the translation of community-based knowledge into policy. Building on an initial survey (2010), an online survey was launched (2013) with the aim to describe the reach and characteristics of Australian CBIs and identify and evaluate elements known to contribute to best practice, effectiveness and sustainability. Responses from 104 CBIs were received in 2013. Geographic location generally reflected population density in Australia. Duration of CBIs was short-term (median 3 years; range 0.2-21.0 years), delivered mostly by health departments and local governments. Median annual funding had more than doubled since the 2010 survey, but average staffing had not increased. CBIs used at least two strategy types, with a preference for individual behaviour change strategies. Targeting children was less common (31%) compared with the 2010 survey (57%). Logic models and theory were used in planning, but there was low use of research evidence and existing prevention frameworks. Nearly, all CBIs had an evaluation component (12% of budget), but dissemination was limited. This survey provides information on the scope and varied quality of the current obesity prevention investment in Australia. To boost the quality and effectiveness of CBIs, further support systems may be required to ensure that organizations adopt upstream, evidence-informed approaches; and integrate CBIs into systems, policies and environments.
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dav024
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Oxford University Press (OUP)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073657

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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