Research Updates

Do schemes to “prescribe” physical activity work?

Schemes that provide prescriptions for people to undertake physical activity are most effective when specific groups are targeted, and when they run for longer periods, a review finds. The researchers reviewed 37 studies conducted in 11 countries, investigating physical activity on prescription (PARS) health promotion programs which involve health professionals … Continue reading

Priority evidence gaps in Indigenous health

A forum on translating research into policy and practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has outlined priorities for action on evidence gaps across the stages of the life course, from maternal and child health through to older adults. The NHMRC Translating Research into Policy and Practice (TRIPP) Forum … Continue reading

Report sets out roadmap to tackle obesity

A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across Australia has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets, which it warns is a leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. While Australia is … Continue reading

Spending on mental health services rises

Spending on mental health-related services exceeded $8.5 billion in 2014‒15 ‒ or $361 per person, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The data showed that spending had increased by more than $900 million since 2010‒11, and that 59% was funded by state and … Continue reading