Advancing the case for prevention across the life course
The Institute is committed to increasing the investment in evidence-informed prevention through its innovative research and advocacy programs.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is a universal concept well supported by health research.
The Institute for Health Transformation is committed to increasing the investment in evidence-informed prevention through its innovative research and advocacy programs. Shifting the focus from ‘individual responsibility’ to creating healthy environments is central to our work as is addressing the determinants of health that sit outside of the health system.
The recent development of the National Preventive Health Strategy is an opportunity to boost investment in prevention in Australia. At the Institute for Health Transformation our work is focussed on co-development of innovative prevention approaches; developing a robust evidence base for effective and equitable approaches, and evaluating their costs and benefits.
Our research contributes to the national response to these challenges by:
- demonstration of the value of prevention and the associated impact on the costs of health service use and health outcomes;
- contributing to the development of Australia’s National Preventive Health Strategy;
- preventing obesity in children by activating health communities;
- creating healthy food environments;
- exposing unhealthy food marketing techniques;
- investigating the social, commercial, economic and environmental determinants of health;
- influencing in public health policy across Australia;
- highlighting and advancing research that improve inequities in health outcomes; and
- developing innovative participatory approaches.