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The VicHealth ARC Linkage Project Grants will be advertised late 2019. More information will be made available via the website.

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The VicHealth ARC Linkage Projects Grant round will be advertised concurrently with the NHMRC Partnership Project Grant round. Applicants will be able to apply to VicHealth to partner on only one of these Commonwealth grants per project. Applicants are strongly advised to review the Funding Rules for both Commonwealth grants to guide their decision. 

The VicHealth ARC Linkage Project Grant enables researchers to partner with VicHealth to apply for ARC Linkage funding for large-scale research projects.

For VicHealth ARC Linkage Project enquiries or to be advised when the Grants are advertised, please contact our Research Team at researchgrants@vichealth.vic.gov.au

 

Previously funded ARC Linkage Projects

2017 VicHealth ARC Linkage Grant Recipients

 

Gender Equality in Australia: Assessing the impact of Gender Equality in Australia on social, economic and health outcomes     

Associate Professor Allison Milner, University of Melbourne

Partners:

  • VicHealth
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Women’s Health Victoria Inc
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting

Gender equality is a key focus for both government and industry. Currently, there is no agreement as to how gender equality should be either conceptualised or measured in the Australian context. This is a significant barrier to the development, implementation and evaluation of targeted gender equality programs and policies. By partnering with gender equality leaders in government and industry, this project will develop a baseline from which programs and policies can be measured. The project will also provide evidence about the effect of gender equality on social, economic and health outcomes of Australian children, women and men.

 

Unlocking the potential of informal sport as a health and social resource for diverse young people

Associate Professor Ruth Jeanes, Monash University

Partners:

  • VicHealth
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • Cricket Victoria
  • Department of Local Government, Culture and Industries, Western Australia

 

Participation in sport is an important contributor to social and physical health and wellbeing. This project specifically recognises that informal sports participation has a key role to play in building healthy and resilient communities across Australia and in enhancing social connections amongst diverse communities. This project responds to an acknowledged absence of knowledge, policies and guidance that support government, sport, physical activity and health agencies to tap into the unmet potential that informal sport presents to advance health, wellbeing and participation agendas in Australia. It directs attention to what stakeholders can learn from the self-organisation of informal activities amongst diverse young people (aged 18–25) to assist agencies to develop systems that will enable them to better understand and support informal sporting opportunities, which in turn can provide young people with significant health and social benefits.

2016 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients View more

Improving the health equity of young people – The role of social enterprise

Professor Josephine Barraket, Swinburne University

Partners:

  • University of New South Wales
  • Social Traders Ltd
  • The Foundation for Young Australians
  • VicHealth

Australia's young people enjoy world-leading health status. Yet, significant inequities in health persist for Indigenous young people, refugees and young people living in areas of relatively low socio-economic status. Youth, or the transition through adolescence to adulthood (typically, classified as 15-24 years) is also a period during which significant modifiable risk factors emerge and can have a substantial effect on future health and wellbeing. The purpose of this study is to better understand the ways in which social enterprises affect the social determinants of health and equity for young people. Social enterprise has been identified as one upstream social innovation that may ameliorate health inequities, although evidence for this remains limited.

2015 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients View more

Investigating factors influencing the implementation of resilience and social and emotional learning programs in secondary schools

Professor Helen Cahill, University of Melbourne

Partners:

  • VicHealth
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Charles Sturt University

This project will investigate the factors that impact the initial uptake, effective implementation and embedding of Social and Emotional Learning programs in secondary schools, by constructing a model that empirically tests the factors that influence the uptake and ongoing implementation of the recently developed Building Resilience program. Results of this implementation study will inform the use of measures, resources and support mechanisms to help schools, education systems and policy makers achieve the best possible outcomes in the implementation of resilience education programs in secondary schools.

2014 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients View more

Violence Against Women - A Media Intervention

Dr Margaret Simons, The University of Melbourne

The media plays a key role in forming societal attitudes to gender and gender roles. At the same time, ethnographic accounts of the newsroom and surveys of female journalists have established that newsrooms are sexist workplaces. Research findings suggest the majority of Australian female journalists have been sexually harassed by male colleagues, are in less senior decision-making positions, and, except for some political rounds, are largely confined to 'soft' stories. These gender issues in the newsroom appear to be reflected in news values and decisions, and are stubbornly resistant to change.

This action research project will explore and intervene at the link between gender power in news media organisations and the reporting of violence against women. In particular, it will design, implement and evaluate a pilot intervention in a newsroom to change news reporting through innovations in journalism practice enabled by new media.

 

The Association of Local and Regional Accessibility with Active Travel and Physical Activity: Health and Economic Impacts

Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley, The University of Melbourne

While numerous studies have measured accessibility in the home neighbourhood environment, fewer studies have measured accessibility in work and educational environments, or regional accessibility.  These are critical evidence gaps since infrastructure at both origins and destinations facilitates active and public transport travel.

This project will utilise data from two recent Victorian Department of Transport Household Travel Surveys in a multi-level study of the environmental correlates and economic benefits of walking for transport in adults and children.

2012 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients View more

Identifying cost-effective policy priorities for food security in the face of environment change

Professor Mark Lawrence, Deakin University

Changing environmental and population circumstances will have major implications on the capacity of the national food supply to meet health, social and sustainability criteria during the 21st century and beyond. Increasingly, food security will be a social, economic, political and health policy priority for Australia. Evidence-based, cost-effective policy options are needed to reform the food system to secure a nutritionally adequate food supply for the future. This research will look to understand the impact of future environmental scenarios on future food supplies and diets, with a specific application in view – the identification of cost-effective policy options to help protect Australia’s future food security.

ARC Linkage Grant Recipients from Earlier Years View more

2011 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients

 

The importance of gender and socio-economic disadvantage for the health of people living with disabilities

Professor Anne Kavanagh, The University of Melbourne

Traditionally, policy development has been limited to the disability service sector which, while critical, is only one sector that is relevant to the health of people with disabilities. Policy analysts and disability advocates point to the need for a whole of government approach to ensuring the human rights of people with disabilities. This project will use existing cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets to explore how socio-economic disadvantage intersects with, and shapes, the health of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on the roles of housing and work. We will also explore how these relationships differ for men and women.  We will work collaboratively with people with a range of disabilities to: interpret the findings of the quantitative analyses of existing datasets; develop future research agendas; and identify priorities for policy and practice. This research will contribute to an evidence base for policy development across sectors, and hence offer the potential to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

 

New directions in health inequalities: Understanding the intersection between housing, employment and health in Australia

Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley, The University of Melbourne

This project will explore the links between employment, housing and health for vulnerable populations and identify and unpack the pathways between precarious employment and housing and health in Australia. Understanding employment as an additional component to the relationship between housing and health will be beneficial to programs being administered through the agencies involved in this project (employment services and housing programs) and improve our theoretical understanding of the interrelationship between these key determinants of health.

 

2010 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients

The relocation tool kit: A guide for implementing relocation policies that enhance resident’s health and wellbeing and social inclusion

Associate Professor Kathy Arthurson, Flinders University

This research project will investigate the health and social impacts of the relocation of public housing tenants in Victoria and South Australia, made necessary through the redevelopment of inner-city public housing facilities.  The overall aim is to develop a best-practice toolkit, to assist the policy makers and practitioners involved in tenant relocation to maximise positive health and wellbeing outcomes in this disadvantaged group.

 

A progressive study of user and sensor models for monitoring and assisting elderly people, focusing on the visually impaired

Professor Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University

This research will develop computational systems that will help elderly people remain safely in their homes and improve their quality of life. Specifically, our systems will incorporate sensor and communication technologies to support computational models for monitoring and assisting elderly users and provide new opportunities for social interaction.

 

2008 ARC Linkage Grant Recipients

Environmental & Social Influences on Children's Transport

Alison Carver, Deakin University

This longitudinal research aims to understand the role of individual, social and environmental influences on changes in active transport and independent mobility among children living in disadvantaged areas of urban and rural Victoria. This project will examine changes in active transport over time as well as the contribution that these behaviours make to overall physical activity as children grow up.