Understanding health promotion policy processes: a study of the government adoption of the Achievement Program in Victoria, Australia

Clarke, Brydie, Swinburn, Boyd and Sacks, Gary 2018, Understanding health promotion policy processes: a study of the government adoption of the Achievement Program in Victoria, Australia, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 11, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15112393.

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Title Understanding health promotion policy processes: a study of the government adoption of the Achievement Program in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Clarke, Brydie
Swinburn, Boyd
Sacks, GaryORCID iD for Sacks, Gary orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 15
Issue number 11
Article ID 2393
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-10-29
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) obesity prevention
policy processes
health promotion
systems thinking
health policy
advocacy
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
environmental sciences
public, environmental & occupational health
environmental sciences & ecology
Summary Despite the growing health and economic burden associated with overweight and obesity, preventive policy progress has been deficient globally. This study investigated the policy process involved in the adoption of the Achievement Program, a settings-based health promotion intervention that was a key pillar of the Healthy Together Victoria obesity prevention initiative. The qualitative study utilised multiple theories of the policy process, as well as Causal Loop Diagramming (CLD) methods, to understand the policy systems underlying the decision to adopt the Achievement Program. Factors that impacted this obesity prevention policy adoption included problem prioritisation at Federal and state government levels; political risks regarding policy action and inaction, and framing used by policy advocates to reduce risks and highlight the opportunities related to the Achievement Program policy implementation. The use of CLD methods was advantageous to further conceptualise potential leverage points and effective ways to influence obesity prevention policy in future. As such, the findings contribute to the obesity prevention policy evidence base and toward developing a number of recommended actions for policy actors seeking to increase future policy action.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15112393
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, the authors
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