The National Health and Medical Research Council has announced that Deakin University will be home to a new Centre of Research Excellence.
Headed by Professor Rob Carter, Foundation Director of the Deakin Institute for Health Research, the Centre of Research Excellence on Policy Research on Obesity and Food Systems will receive $2,498,110 in funding over the next five years.
The proposal involved 10 Chief Investigators (CIs) from five unstitutions (six of those CIs are from Deakin) and 13 Associate Investigators.
The main participating organisations include:
- Deakin University
- University of Queensland
- The George Institute for Global Health
- Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
- Yale University
"Putting this application together was a real team effort here at Deakin and I pay tribute to my colleagues, particularly Professor Boyd Swinburn, Associate Professor Marj Moodie and Dr Gary Sacks," Professor Carter said.
This CRE aims to build a world-leading, multi-disciplinary research team that seeks to have a real impact on finding and implementing policy solutions to the global obesity epidemic.
It will support policy makers and public health advocates to create potent and sustained policy change by evaluating potential policy options and their impacts on environments and systems, enhancing policy development and implementation processes, and monitoring the actions of the public and private sectors.
Deakin University is participating in another CRE announced at the same time.
Dr Cathy Mihalopoulos from Deakin Health Economics is a CI on the grant led by Queensland University titled:
Evidence-based Mental Health Planning: Translating Evidence into Policy and Services.
This CRE will research the design of a better mental health system for Australia. This service system will include the full range of prevention and treatment interventions using the best available scientific evidence.
“These results are fantastic for Deakin,” said the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lee Astheimer.
“I congratulate all the researchers involved.”