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Physical activity is ranked second only to tobacco control in being the most important factor in health promotion and disease prevention in Australia.

Cochrane Collaboration

VicHealth funds the Cochrane Public Health Field Review Group, an entity of the Cochrane Collaboration, which aims to increase the quantity and quality of systematic reviews of health promotion and public health interventions.

The Cochrane Collaboration was formed in the UK in 1993 in response to the drive by Archie Cochrane for the best evidence to influence health care practice. The collaboration's aim is to prepare and maintain systematic reviews of the effects of health interventions, and to make this information available to all practitioners, policy-makers and consumers.