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A conduit between epidemiological research and regional health policy

Pasco, Julie A., Foulkes, Chad, Doolan, Brianna, Brown, Kirsty, Holloway, Kara L. and Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L. 2016, A conduit between epidemiological research and regional health policy, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 250-254, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12520.

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Title A conduit between epidemiological research and regional health policy
Author(s) Pasco, Julie A.ORCID iD for Pasco, Julie A. orcid.org/0000-0002-8968-4714
Foulkes, Chad
Doolan, Brianna
Brown, Kirsty
Holloway, Kara L.ORCID iD for Holloway, Kara L. orcid.org/0000-0001-5064-2990
Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 250
End page 254
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03-30
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) translation
epidemiology
chronic disease
health behaviours
Summary OBJECTIVE: To transform data from a research setting into a format that could be used to support strategies encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and service planning within local government. METHODS: Details of the health status and lifestyle behaviours of the Geelong, Victoria, population were generated independently by the Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS), a prospective population-based cohort study. Recent GOS follow-up phases provided evidence about patterns of unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking and harmful alcohol use. These factors are well-recognised modifiable risk factors for chronic disease; the dataset was complemented with prevalence estimates for musculoskeletal disease, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and cancer. RESULTS: Data were provided to Healthy Together Geelong in aggregate form according to age, sex and suburb. A population statistics company used the data to project health outcomes by suburb for use by local council. This data exchange served as a conduit between epidemiological research and policy development. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS: Regional policy makers were informed by local evidence, rather than national or state health survey, thereby optimising potential intervention strategies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12520
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Public Health Association of Australia
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