A selection of the most recent research news and events.
Vichealth-NHMRC Partnership Projects 2015
The VicHealth-NHMRC Partnership Project Grant is for organisations applying to the NHMRC who wish to have VicHealth represented as an industry partner in their full application. Three applicants have been successful in gaining support from VicHealth. These applicants will go on to apply in the next NHMRC Partnership Projects round, closing in June 2016. Each project will receive $150,000 over three years from VicHealth if successful with the NHMRC.
We received an exceptionally high standard of research proposals in the most recent grant round.
Congratulations to the following projects
A multi-component supermarket intervention to promote healthy eating in supermarkets
Dr Adrian Cameron – Deakin University
Reflexive Evidence and Systems interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-communicable Disease (RESPOND)
Professor Steven Allender – Deakin University
Optimising health communication with young people
Professor Catherine Lombard – Monash University
The next VicHealth–NHMRC Partnership Projects Grant, in conjunction with the VicHealth–ARC Linkage grants round, opens on 18 April 2016. For updates, visit vichealth.vic.gov.au/nhmrc
24-h urinary sodium excretion is associated with obesity in a cross-sectional sample of Australian schoolchildren
Grimes CA, Riddell LJ, Campbell KJ, He FJ, Nowson CA, 2016.
British Journal of Nutrition, 26: 1-9.
Fast food restaurant locations according to socioeconomic disadvantage, urban–regional locality, and schools within Victoria, Australia
Thornton LE, Lamb KE, Ball K,
2016 SSM - Population Health, 2: 1-9
Moodie R, 2016
Cancer Council, 2015
Encouraging healthy choices in supermarkets
Supermarkets are the main source of food for most Australians. A new series of intervention trials, undertaken as part of a 2015 VicHealth Innovation Research Project, is looking at creating supermarket food environments that encourage healthy eating. The project comprises three two-month controlled trials in supermarkets in regional Victoria, with fieldwork nearing completion.
Store sales data will be used to evaluate the effect of the interventions, with the researchers from Deakin University’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention also collecting data from around 900 shoppers on their perceptions of the interventions.
The collaboration between VicHealth, Deakin University, the City of Greater Bendigo and Champions IGA has been crucial to the success of the project to date. The project received the prestigious Konrad Jamrozik prize at the 2015 Australian Population Health Congress, a testament to the public health potential of this work.
Victorians’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to salt intake
A recent study into salt attitudes and consumption patterns has shown that less than a third of Victorian adults (28%) could correctly identify the maximum recommended daily intake for salt, 5g per day. It also showed Victorians are eating almost double the upper limit of salt recommended, despite only less than a third considering their own salt intake to exceed dietary guidelines.
Spot urine samples from 245 adults estimate the average daily intake of salt is 9.6g per day in males and 7.9g per day in females.
Commissioned by VicHealth and undertaken by Deakin University, the Victorian consumer survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to salt intake surveyed 2398 adults 18 to 65 years, with a third responding to parent-specific questions.
The study also found 59 per cent of participants saying it was difficult to find lower salt options eating out. Two-thirds of participants support laws that limit the amount of salt added to manufactured foods.
Victorian participation in organised sport
Research through the VicHealth Physical Activity Research Practice Fellowship 2011– 15 has provided a picture of participation in organised community sport in Victoria.
The research used data from over 2.6 million Victorian participant records across seven sports – Australian football, basketball, cricket, hockey, bowls, netball and tennis – and was carried out by Associate Professor Rochelle Eimes, Federation University and Victoria University, with collaboration from a range of state sporting associations, government, peak sporting organisations and universities.
The findings, covering themes including participation levels and influences on participation, have informed recommendations for state sporting associations, funders and promoters of sport participation and future research.
A new Sport Participation Research Project 2016–18 involving 11 sports has now commenced to build on the Fellowship’s findings. The project, which is a collaboration between VicHealth, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Victoria University and Federation University, aims to create and report on a reliable measure of sport participation in Victoria to further inform decision making by sport sector organisations.