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Food Law, Policy and Communications to Improve Public Health

Introduction

Eating a wide variety of nutritious foods helps to keep the population healthy by reducing the risk of diet-related chronic disease. Australian dietary guidelines provide advice to the public about healthy food choices and form the basis of most nutrition interventions.

This project aims to undertake research to assist and support public health practitioners to plan and implement policies and interventions to improve nutrition of the Western Australian population.  This Healthway funded project, enables Curtin University to partner with the Department of Health in Western Australia and key experts to assist research for practice.

About the project

The Food law, policy and communications to improve public health project is for a five year period.  The project commenced in late 2011 at Curtin University’s School of Public Health.

The project aims to assist and support public health practitioners to plan and implement policies and interventions to improve nutrition of the Western Australian population. Using and building on existing unique Western Australian Department of Health research, the project will seek to analyse datasets (the Department of Heatlh’s Health and Well-being Surveillance System, Food Access and Costs 2010, and Nutrition Monitoring Survey Series) and build evidence to assist in the development of policy and interventions to promote healthy eating.

To achieve the aims the research will focus on identifying factors determining food choice among Western Australian adults with the intention of providing insights to increase consumption consistent with dietary guidelines.  The project aims to identify ways to apply the research findings directly into food and nutrition policy and practice.  This research allows for the unique opportunity for reflection on practice.

The process

The research team has a broad range of skills and experience that will ensure the translation of knowledge from research to policy and practice.  To assist them, the advisory group, will provide advice on the translation of research evidence into practice.