Last updated: 03 Aug, 2021

VicHealth’s latest Impact Research Grants

Congratulations to the successful recipients from the latest round of Impact Research Grants. 

VicHealth is excited to announce 4 new ground-breaking research projects as part of our latest Impact Research Grants program. 

The coronavirus pandemic has brought disruption to every aspect of our lives. While no Victorian has remained unaffected, certain individuals, families and communities have been hit harder than others (see our VicHealth Coronavirus Wellbeing Impact Study).  With this front of mind, we see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build back better and fairer. In order to do this, we need bold, timely and innovative research. That’s why we are today announcing our latest research projects which will provide crucial evidence and insights to influence health promotion policy and practice in Victoria, delivering benefits for the communities who need it most.

2021 Impact Research Grant Recipients:

  • Healthy and sustainable cities: tool for assessing local government food policy
    • Associate Professor Gary Sacks, Deakin University 
    • Objective: To facilitate increased local government implementation of evidence-based policies by developing and implementing world-first tools to benchmark progress in the area, in conjunction with our policy and practice partners. 
  • Increasing physical activity among young adults with disability
    • Professor Nora Shields, La Trobe University 
    • Objective: To address environmental barriers to physical activity participation for young adults with disability in community gyms. 
  • Enhancing Digital Participation amongst Refugee & Migrant Background Youth
    • Professor Anita Harris, Deakin University 
    • Objective: To conduct actionable research about the opportunities and challenges experienced by diverse young people in harnessing technology for their employment, education and wellbeing. The project will channel this evidence into policy and practice outcomes via an intergenerational, cross-sector, community of practice. 
  • Co-designed adapted postnatal mental health promotion program for culturally and linguistically diverse families
    • Professor Jane Fisher, Monash University 
    • Objective: To reduce postpartum mental health challenges and improve infant health and social and emotional development among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups and thereby redress the health inequalities they experience. 

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