The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention was established in 2003 and as part of Deakin University's Faculty of Health. Along with four other research groups we now form the Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre.
WHO Collaborating Centres are institutions designated by the Director-General of WHO to form an inter-institutional collaborative network to support WHO in its programs at the country, inter-country, regional, interregional and global levels. WHO Collaborating Centres must also participate in strengthening country resources - through information, services, research and training, in support of national health development.
The WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention works to realise the following objectives:
- To undertake research and build research capacity in all aspects of obesity prevention
- To train and educate professionals and academics in the science and art of obesity prevention
- To support WHO and Member States (especially in the Western Pacific Region) in the development, advocacy, implementation and evaluation of population-based strategies for obesity prevention
- To provide expert advice to WHO and Member States on obesity-related matters and support for WHO and other key institutions to increase the capacity and capabilities of people in the Region (especially in the Pacific) in obesity prevention.
There are five major, overlapping areas of research carried out by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention:
- Community-based Prevention
- C-POND (Pacific Projects)
- Socio-cultural Studies
- Health Economics of Obesity
- Food Policy