Prevention Works

Finding new ways to prevent lifestyle-related chronic disease

Prevention Works is a series of conversations with some of our nation's top public health researchers. Join host Gretchen Miller as she brings together policy makers and researchers to discuss how the Prevention Centre is finding new ways of addressing Australia’s greatest health challenge: lifestyle-related chronic disease.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly discusses the realities of making the case for prevention in this wide-ranging discussion on issues from obesity to pill testing to the nanny state.

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With Australia's population set to double by 2050, understanding the public health implications of urban planning is now more important than ever. Gretchen Miller sits down with Australia's leading expert in liveability, Professor Billie Giles-Corti, to talk about how urban planning profoundly influences population health, her ground-breaking National Liveability Study, and whether urban planners, with their huge influence on our health, should take the Hippocratic Oath to 'do no harm'.

For more information on our work in this area visit preventioncentre.org.au

Host: Gretchen Miller
Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions

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One-fifth of Aboriginal people living in urban areas are food insecure, meaning they don't always know where the next meal is coming from. In this episode of Prevention Works, Gretchen Miller sits down with three experts in the field: Dr Sumithra Muthayya, Study Director of SEARCH (Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health); Darryl Wright, CEO of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in Campbelltown; and Simone Sherriff, a project officer with SEARCH, to discuss the reasons behind food insecurity in urban areas and what they're doing to improve access to healthy food.

For more information on our work in this area visit preventioncentre.org.au

Host: Gretchen Miller
Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions

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Poor diet is the number one preventable cause of ill health globally. So what can researchers and policy makers do to make the easiest food choice the healthiest? Gretchen Miller talks to Professor Amanda Lee, Senior Adviser with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, about the work she has done over the last 35 years in nutrition, obesity, Indigenous health and public health policy to answer this question.

For more information on our work in this area visit preventioncentre.org.au

Host: Gretchen Miller
Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions

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When a lot of Australians think about public health law, they think about the "nanny state". However, we have laws to thank for a lot of the policies we take for granted today, such as gun control, pool fencing regulation, seat belt use and bike helmet legislation. In this episode of Prevention Works, host Gretchen Miller talks to Janani Muhunthan, Research Fellow in Health Economics and Law at the George Institute for Global Health, and PhD candidate with the Prevention Centre, about how we can use the law to improve our health in the future.

For more information on our work in this area visit preventioncentre.org.au

Host: Gretchen Miller
Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions

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