Deakin's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) and public health medicine team were both winners at this year's Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA) Awards.
The annual awards honour researchers and educators behind improvements to health in Australia. They showcase the critical role Australian universities play in undertaking ground-breaking health research. Particularly how they develop innovative ways to educate the next generation of health professionals and work with government and other partners to improve the way health care is delivered.
The team behind IPAN's Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program were awarded for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Team Research. The program supports parents to get healthy eating and active play in place right from the start of life.
'The children of parents who received the intervention had improved diets and watched less television. The InFANT program has been trialled and, in turn, embedded into a range of health services across Victoria' said Professor Colleen Fisher, president of CAPHIA.
The Faculty of Health's public health medicine team were also awarded for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching.
“This team is changing the way that doctors are trained in public health, and will improve the health of Australians in future years' said Professor Fisher.