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WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU)

The WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU) is a newly established entity that is jointly funded by Curtin University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the Cancer Council of Western Australia, and Curtin’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology.

At least one-third of WA’s cancer diagnoses each year are preventable. The primary purpose of WACPRU is to build the evidence base relating to cancer prevention through improvements in lifestyle behaviours that are known to be associated with cancer risk. The main behavioural areas of focus include nutrition, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, and sun exposure. WACPRU’s work is carried out in the form of formative research, evaluation research, publication, expert advice, representation, and advocacy. Populations of particular interest include disadvantaged groups, children, young people, and the elderly.

Download 2016 WACPRU Annual Report [.pdf 2.45MB]


Current WACPRU projects

Alcohol

  • Alcohol warning labels (funded by Healthway)
  • Alcohol consumption among young adults (funded by Healthway)
  • Leavers’ alcohol consumption

Nutrition

  • ARC Linkage project on the effects of food labelling on food choices (funded by the Australian Research Council, National Health Foundation, SAHMRI, Cancer Council NSW, and Cancer Council Vic)
  • Nutrition education program evaluation for Cancer Council WA
  • Obesity control advertising campaign development research
  • Parents’ and children’s dietary choices (funded by the Australian Research Council, Cancer Council NSW, and Cancer Council SA)

Tobacco

  • Tobacco control advertising evaluation for Cancer Council WA

Ageing

  • Healthy ageing study (funded by the Australian Research Council)
  • Seniors’ nutrition

Sun exposure

  • Campaign evaluation for Cancer Council WA

Discipline expertise

  • Health promotion
  • Social marketing
  • Consumer research
  • Behavioural economics
  • Social psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Developmental psychology