06 May, 2015 Last updated: 08 Nov, 2018

A selection of the most recent research news and events.

Congratulations to our new innovation research projects

VicHealth Innovation Research Grants provide an opportunity for research teams to trial an innovative idea, research a new concept or methodology, or to develop better supporting evidence relevant to the theory, policy and practice of health promotion. The scheme funds researchers to undertake a two-year research project addressing specific research priorities related to the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion.

A refreshed Innovation Research Grant round opened in November 2014, trialling a new two-stage application process. The grants proved to be highly competitive, with 125 expressions of interest received in stage one.

Thirteen applications progressed to an assessment stage by two external reviewers, informing the final decision of an assessment panel comprising VicHealth and external expertise. The panel selected three successful projects to be funded for two years commencing April 2015.

Read about the winning recipients and project summaries

Top reads

Prevention of violence against women and girls: lessons from practice

Michau et al.
The Lancet

An evaluation of the effects of the Australian Food and Health Dialogue Targets on the Sodium Content of Bread, Breakfast Cereals and Processed Meats

Trevena et al.
Nutrients 2014, 6, 3802-3817

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: A Policy Statement from the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Brandon et al.
Clinical Cancer Research; 21(3)

Melbourne Vital Signs 2014 released

VicHealth is pleased to support Melbourne's first edition of Vital Signs, a community report on key indicators assessing the quality of life, health and wellbeing of the residents of metropolitan Melbourne. The Lord Mayors' Charitable Foundation commissioned Community Indicators Victoria (part of the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing) to provide the research. 

Read more at www.lmcf.org.au/vitalsigns

New NHMRC Centre

The new NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Equity is to commence in 2015.

The Centre will be jointly led by Professor Fran Baum (Flinders University) and Professor Sharon Friel (Australian National University).


Professor Billie Giles Corti (Director, McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing) was included in 2014 in Thomson Reuters’ list of Highly Cited Researchers, ranking her among the top 1% of researchers globally by citations in the social sciences field.

Watch out

Upcoming Special Issue of Health Promotion International Journal focused on application of Fair Foundations: The VicHealth framework for health equity to practice.

Due for release in 2015, the issue will be freely available through open access.

Upcoming conferences

National Conference: Understanding and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of young people

Thursday 7 May to Friday 8 May 2015

Progress 2015

From Thursday 7 May to Saturday
9 May 2015

Population Health Congress

Saturday 6 September to Wednesday
9 September 2015