What we do

Our focus is on closing the gap between evidence and practice in implementation of chronic disease prevention programs policies, programs and practices within community settings.

What is the chronic disease evidence-practice gap?

One of the greatest barriers to improving public health is the large gap between what research indicates will improve health and what is actually implemented in every day practice. For example, many types of cancer occurring today could be prevented if interventions already known to be effective in addressing risks were successfully implemented.

NCOIS seeks to close this gap, by generating an evidence-base to guide optimal implementation of prevention strategies in community settings.

Which chronic disease risks will be targeted?

NCOIS will focus on the following primary modifiable risks for chronic disease, as specified by the World Health Organisation:

• diet
• physical activity
• weight status
• tobacco and alcohol use

What community settings will we work in?

NCOIS will focus on generating evidence to support optimal implementation of chronic disease prevention interventions in community (non-clinical) settings, as recommended by the World Health Organisation, including;

• childcare centres
• schools
• sporting clubs
• workplaces

How will the evidence-gaps be identified?

NCOIS researchers will generate knowledge through an implementation laboratory (NCOIS lab), in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health, Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) and other partners. The NCOIS lab uses co-production processes with partners responsible for the implementation of chronic disease prevention programs. The NCOIS lab applies scientific methods to develop, test and refine implementation strategies.

Once the optimal evidence-based implementation strategies are identified, via the lab, NCOIS will work with partner organisations to ensure immediate use of evidence.