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Delphi Project: "Identifying health research strategies to reduce chronic disease determinants and place-based disadvantage in regional settings: A Delphi study in Australia"
The Delphi survey is a forecasting and innovation consulting technique that was
used in the current study by the Deakin/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance Research Advisory Group to consult people with health and social planning expertise from across the Barwon South West Region of Victoria in 2012/13. The aim of the study directed by Professor John Toumbourou (Chair in Health Psychology, Deakin University) was to identify priority health and social problems as well as developing actions and research to address these priorities. The sample invited to participate was identified using available databases of employees working in a range of sectors across the region.
Delphi study update
The Delphi project titled "Identifying health research strategies to reduce chronic disease determinants and place-based disadvantage in regional settings: A Delphi study in Australia" has now been completed with two Delphi reports disseminated to stakeholders associated with the SW Alliance. The first report presented the main priorities. The second report summarised the recommendations for actions and research to address the issues of obesity and mental health that respondents indicated to be amongst their priority concerns. The findings revealed a number of stakeholders across the region recommending the use of evidence-based community-level approaches informed by research and evaluation that are supported by multiple systems.