Boosting Preventative Health Research
The Australian Government is investing in research to help promote good health practice, prevent disease and keep people out of hospital.
What we’re funding
The Australian Government has invested $10 million to promote better health choices, prevent disease and keep people out of hospital. The Australian Preventative Health Partnership Centre (TAPPC), a nationally accredited organisation, is leading this important research.
The purpose of this research funding is to:
- foster new discoveries that lead to practical use in community and clinical settings
- increase collaboration across academic disciplines and health services to better understand the social, cognitive and emotional aspects of people’s health choices
- develop effective guidance, tools and interventions to support Australians to live active and healthy lives.
This funding supports research into a range of topics including:
- tackling childhood obesity, encouraging better nutrition and increasing physical activity for all Australians
- encouraging people to make smarter lifestyle choices
- encourage better health, food and activity choices for at-risk populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and people living with complex and chronic diseases, including mental illness.
Why it’s important
- Over 50% of Australians 18 years and older do not eat recommended serves of fruit and 90% don’t eat enough vegetables.
- Only ⅓ of Australian children, 1 in 10 teens and more than 40% of adults undertake the recommended level of physical activity every day.
- Obesity costs Australian society $8.6 billion a year (2011–12 estimate) in terms of healthcare and lost productivity due to disability.
- Lack of physical activity accounts for 5 per cent of the total burden of disease and is a major contributor to some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
How to apply
Applications for this program are closed.