STREAM 5: ‘SUSTAINING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS’

Executive Sponsor: Wolfenden (CIA)     Stream Leads: Nathan, Reeves, Yoong

Q5. HOW CAN We SUSTAIN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS?

Maximising the benefits of chronic-disease prevention interventions in community settings requires sustained program implementation. However, there is little evidence regarding how best to support sustained implementation of public health interventions in these settings. This research will seek to address some of the fundamental knowledge gaps in the field.

How this research program will help:
–  We will produce empirical evidence about the determinants of sustained implementation of diet, physical activity and obesity prevention initiatives in education settings.
–  We will test the effectiveness of strategies for sustaining diet, physical activity and obesity prevention initiatives in education settings.

How we will conduct this research:
We will conduct systematic reviews to identify barriers and facilitators associated with sustained implementation of chronic prevention initiatives in schools and childcare services. We will also, through longitudinal studies in Australian education settings, produce prospective empirical evidence about the determinants of sustained implementation of such initiatives in schools and childcare services. Through randomised controlled studies we will test the effectiveness of strategies for sustaining diet, physical activity and obesity prevention initiatives in education settings which will include trial-based economic analysis.