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Health promotion is a powerful and cost effective way to maintain a healthier community. It enables people to increase control over and improve their health.

Research and evidence: useful links

National research funding organisations

Australian Research Council (ARC)
Source of competitive funding for research.
Primary source of advice to Government on research.  

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Source of competitive funding for medical and public health research.  Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research.  

Searching for evidence

Cochrane Public Health Field Review Group
A VicHealth-funded initiative that aims to increase the quantity and quality of systematic reviews of health promotion and public health interventions.

The Campbell Collaboration
Provides systematic reviews on interventions to better inform service providers, policy makers, educators, researchers and the general public.

EPPI Centre (Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre)
Carries out research synthesis and develops review methods in social science and public policy.  

VicHealth centres of research and practice

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
A leader in the field of HIV/AIDS research.

Centre for Adolescent Health
Responds to the health problems that affect young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years.

McCaughey Centre
(VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing)
Provides an evidence base in the area of social connectedness with a secondary emphasis on freedom from discrimination.

Mother and Child Health Research
Addresses issues of major public health importance for mothers and children.

Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit
Developing a national and international profile for research and teaching in Aboriginal health, underpinned and informed by the principles of Aboriginal community development.

VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control
Covers the legal and social issues involved in reducing smoking and undertakes research on the broader socio-political and policy factors associated with tobacco control work.


Other Victorian health research oganisations

Cancer Council Victoria
Links to the research pages of the Cancer Council Victoria; includes research programs and centres, ethics, grants and statistics.  

Diabetes Australia
Supports research throughout Australia by providing grants to researchers.

Heart Foundation
Provides heart health information and funds cutting edge research.  

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Link to the research pages of this organisation, which works to prevent and treat conditions affecting babies, children and adolescents.


National and international organisations engaged in health research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.  

Healthway (WA)
Promotes health, particularly that of young people, and provides research grants to organisations engaged in health promotion programs and research.  

Public Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN)
The activities of PHIRN will focus on its core aim, which is to increase the quantity and quality of public health improvement research that is relevant to policy and practice.

Sax Institute
A coalition of university and research groups undertaking public health and health services research in New South Wales.