Chronic disease is now Australia’s greatest health challenge. But it can be prevented.
Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and obesity cause 9 out of 10 premature deaths in Australia, are a leading cause of disability, and affect how millions of Australians live their lives every day. Most of these could be prevented by targeting risk factors such as poor nutrition, smoking, harmful alcohol consumption and physical inactivity.
The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre is a national collaboration working with leading academics, policy makers and practitioners from across Australia. Our aim is to build an effective, efficient and equitable system to prevent lifestyle-related chronic disease.
RMIT University is represented on the Centre Leadership Executive team by Professor Billie Giles-Corti.
RMIT contributes expertise and leadership to several projects within the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, including:
- Benchmarking, monitoring, modelling and valuing the healthy liveable city
- Measuring and mapping urban liveability across Australia – developing tools for use by policy makers, practitioners and researchers to identify inequities and plan better cities
- Developing and validating national liveability indicators associated with chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes
- Development of a cost-benefit analysis framework integrating inter-sectoral benefits of prevention
- Improving the economic analysis of prevention