Our COVID-19 response: Improving health and wellbeing

Physical and mental health

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The Coping with COVID-19 project

The fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, as well as social isolation and economic hardship, is likely to require a dedicated response from each one of us, and mental health authorities and governments alike. Existing evidence from previous global crises and currently emerging evidence suggest that the mental health toll of this pandemic will likely be monumental. It’s crucial to gain a greater understanding of the specific challenges faced by the Australian population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the strategies being used to cope and how helpful they are to the general population. Doing so will help us find ways to best protect the mental well-being of the Australian public, now and in the years to come.

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IPAN Our life at home

Evaluation of transition to telehealth models at Barwon Health mental health services

Building an unprecedented Intergenerational Legacy of knowledge Translation (BUILT)

COVID-19 social policies: Impacts on food choice and food system experiences among low-income households in Australia

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Managing worry about COVID-19 and diabetes fact sheet

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The Institute for Health Transformation

The Institute for Health Transformation creates transformational change in the design and delivery of care across the broad spectrum of health, disability, ageing and end of life care.

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The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is committed to improving health and quality of life by reducing the rates of chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity research excellence.

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The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) is a multidisciplinary research institute integrating clinical, epidemiological and basic research with a strong translational focus.

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Home A Deakin University Research Hub

HOME A Deakin University Research Hub works with local communities to co-design solutions to complex problems of affordable housing, homelessness and social inclusion.

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The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI)

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute aiming to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the implications of these forces in our lives and communities

Find out more about ADI's research into COVID-19.

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Family and parenting

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Exploring how COVID-19 has affected household food habits

Researchers are investigating Australian's experiences with food and nutrition during COVID-19, using a national survey to measure changes in food-related behaviours, such as shopping and cooking, due to COVID-19.

Co-project leaders Dr Claire Margerison and Dr Alison Booth from IPAN particularly want to know about any positive changes that Australians have been experiencing during COVID-19 restrictions, as well as their willingness to pursue any positive food-related changes after COVID-19.

“The survey will help us understand the effect of COVID-19 on household food practices and in particular those changes that are positive from a health perspective,” Dr Margerison said.

Dr Booth said the data would help unearth whether there were intentions to keep these positive changes going after COVID-19.

“We are also interested in exploring what the potential barriers to these changes might be,” Dr Booth said.

Volunteers over 18 years of age who have lived in Australia for the last six months can take part in a 10-minute online survey. Participants can choose to go into a draw to win one of five $50 Coles vouchers.

If you have any questions about the survey, you can send an email to fpi@deakin.edu.au.

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How is COVID-19 affecting food gardening and household food practices?

Researchers are investigating Australians’ experiences with growing edible plants, preparation of food, and food interactions with children during COVID-19.

IPAN researchers Dr Claire Margerison and Dr Allison Booth are exploring anecdotal reports that an increasing number of people have changed their food gardening practices during COVID-19.

They are seeking to discover whether changes have occurred surrounding food gardens; and, where new gardens have been developed, what experiences people have had with these - including their intentions to continue with their home garden in the future.

In addition, the survey seeks parents’ experiences with their children on food related activities such as food preparation, cooking and gardening during COVID-19.

“We also want to find out parents’ observations about possible changes in their children’s eating habits during these unprecedented times,” Dr Booth said.

Volunteers over 18 years of age who have lived in Australia for the last six months can take part in a 10-minute online survey. Participants can choose to go into a draw to win one of five $50 Coles vouchers.

If you have any questions about the survey, you can email the research team on fpi@deakin.edu.au.

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Experiences of receiving or providing maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen rapid and significant changes to maternity service delivery in Australia. These changes have impacted all stakeholders of maternity services, including women, their partners, midwives, medical staff and midwifery students.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Adjustment Survey (CPAS)

The COVID-19 Pandemic Adjustment Survey (CPAS) is a longitudinal research study investigating how Australian families are being affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to provide timely information and tools for successful clinical and public health interventions to support families during and after the pandemic.

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Facilitating next of kin presence for patients dying from COVID-19 in the ICU

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Home A Deakin University Research Hub

HOME A Deakin University Research Hub works with local communities to co-design solutions to complex problems of affordable housing, homelessness and social inclusion.

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The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED)

The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) conducts world-leading research on social development and its origins in early emotional life to promote emotional health, from pregnancy through to adulthood and into the next generation. .

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The Institute for Health Transformation

The Institute for Health Transformation creates transformational change in the design and delivery of care across the broad spectrum of health, disability, ageing and end of life care.

Find out more about the Institute’s research response to COVID-19.

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is committed to improving health and quality of life by reducing the rates of chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity research excellence.

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Deakin’s Strategic Research Centre in Education, Research for Educational Impact (REDI)

Deakin’s Strategic Research Centre in Education, Research for Educational Impact (REDI) is located within the School of Education and generates distinctive, high quality and impactful 'research for education' rather than 'research on education'.

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Live+Smart Lab research response to COVID-19

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BUiLD

BUiLD supports research capacity building and capability development in the Deakin Business School and Deakin Law School. BUiLD also promotes the generation of research networks both within and outside Deakin by bringing people together in real and virtual environments.

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Live+Smart Lab

From dynamic systems modelling, pattern identification and dynamic scenario modelling to emergency response planning, biophilic designed home-work spaces and post COVID-19 liveability, the Live+Smart Lab is working across disciplines, connecting with industry partners and communities to develop tools and solutions at the intersection of humanity and technology.

Find out more about the Live+Smart Lab research response to COVID-19.

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Health systems

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COVIDCare

People self-isolating with COVID-19 can now have their health watched over from afar, thanks to a hospital-monitored software system that gets smarter with each patient cared for. COVIDCare, developed by Alfred Health and Deakin’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²), uses an intelligent decision-support system to remotely manage and triage patients with confirmed COVID-19, while they self-isolate at home.

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Ensuring a human rights focus: Exploring how disability services in Victoria are responding to COVID-19

Evaluation of transition to telehealth models at Barwon Health mental health services

Experiences of receiving or providing maternity care during COVID-19 pandemic

Psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on nurses and midwives

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The Institute for Health Transformation

The Institute for Health Transformation creates transformational change in the design and delivery of care across the broad spectrum of health, disability, ageing and end of life care.

Find out more about the Institute’s research response to COVID-19.

The Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine (CREM)

The Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine (CREM) is a partnership between the Victorian Government, Portland District Health, South West Healthcare (Warrnambool), Alcoa of Australia and Deakin’s School of Medicine focussing on the coordination and delivery of effective emergency medical services in rural south-west Victoria.

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The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) transforms industries and improves lives by implementing safe, effective uses of AI and exploring new frontiers in AI research. The Institute has a mission to build AI systems that are beneficial to our industries and society.

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