The Picture Project

Young adult life is commonly a time of many changes, including changes in living circumstances, work arrangements or commitments, financial circumstances and other major life transitions such as marriage and starting families.

These major life transitions have the potential to impact on health behaviours such as nutrition and physical activity. These years present a substantial risk for weight gain, and development of poor lifestyle habits.

The collection of important information from the Picture Project about eating behaviours, health and physical activity behaviours of young adults could make a significant contribution to the understanding of complex influences on these health behaviors and the findings could be used to develop programs or direct funding to help maintain healthy lifestyle during this phase of life.

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Taking part is easy. If you are aged 18 to 30 years old and an Australian resident, you can register your interest below. We'll email details about the study as well as an online consent form to ensure you understand what the study is about.

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About The Picture Project

The Picture Project is an online survey of 10,000 Australians, aged 18-30, in 2017/18 and repeated in 2019/20.

It has been established to look at the eating behaviour, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health of young adults and to track changes that may occur over time.  

The project is funded by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), a research institute within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.

How will this project help?

We will be able examine responses from the surveys, to see what changes over time, to see how diet and exercise vary among different groups, and to try to determine which factors influence diet and exercise behaviours.

Why are we interested in physical activity and diets?

Physical activity and healthy eating are very important influences on the health and disease of Australians and are associated with risks of heart disease, high blood, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and weight gain.

Why are we looking at 18-30 year olds?

We know young adult life is commonly a time of many changes, including changes in living circumstances, work arrangements or commitments, financial circumstances and other major life transitions such as marriage and starting families. These major life transitions have the potential to impact on health behaviours such as nutrition and physical activity.

What's involved?

Participation in the Picture Project will be online and will comprise two components:

  1. Online survey, taking approximately 45 minutes (can be completed in parts), around your health (i.e. sleeping, smoking), physical activity, food-related behaviours and background questions such as relationship status and occupation.

  2. An online food recall survey where you will be asked to recall all food and beverage intake during the previous 24-hour period or preceding day.  Two online 24-hour recalls will be completed over a two-week period, including one weekday and one weekend day to assess your food intake.

The research team

The study is led by Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton, Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, Alfred Deakin Professor Kylie Ball, Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon, Professor Ralph Madison and project managed by Dr Michelle Jackson and a research team at Deakin's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

FAQ's

How often will we ask you to do this?

We will ask you to do this once in 2017 and again in 2019.  We will ask you within the first survey to nominate a person we may contact, to help get in contact with you, if we are unable to make contact with you during the course of the study (this is optional).

Can I withdraw if I no longer want to participate?

If you do agree to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time. If while completing the questionnaire you don't feel comfortable with any aspect of it, you can just skip that question(s) or elect not to proceed with the study any further.

Are there any risks or benefits?

There are no foreseeable risks associated with participation in this study. The benefits will come from the collection of important information from the Picture Project about diet, health and physical activity behaviours of young adults which could make a significant contribution to the understanding of complex influences on these health behaviours and the findings could be used to develop programs or direct funding to help maintain healthy lifestyle during this phase of life.

Will my privacy and confidentiality be protected?

All participants will be given a study identification number to maintain privacy.  All personal information (name and contact details) will be stored separately to any other information collected (that information will only be linked to an identification number, not personal details).  All electronic information will be entered into password protected computers with access only permitted to approved members of the research team.  No individual data will be identified in results, reports or published findings.  

The Picture Project is carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

How is the project funded?

The Picture Project is funded by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), a research institute within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.

Need to contact us?

If you require further information, wish to withdraw after agreeing to participate or if you have any problems concerning this project, you can contact the principal researcher Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton or the Project Manager, Dr Michelle Jackson, on 03 9246 8130 or by email on picture@deakin.edu.au

What happens to the research results?

The Picture Project website and Social media channels will be update regularly with project update and results.  The results of this study will also more formally be published in scientific journals and presented at scientific conferences.  

Contact us

For further information please contact the project team:

Picture Project
Phone: + 61 3 9246 8130
Fax: + 61 3 9244 6017
picture@deakin.edu.au

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3125