WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU)

The WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU) is jointly funded by Curtin University and the Cancer Council of Western Australia and Curtin’s School of Psychology.

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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.


Current WACPRU projects

Ageing

Healthy ageing study (funded by the Australian Research Council):

  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Volunteering

Find Cancer Early campaign evaluation for Cancer Council WA

Alcohol

  • Messaging relating to harm reduction strategies (funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council)
  • Evaluation of warning statements
  • Analysis of industry strategies
  • Predictors of alcohol consumption and provision

Nutrition

  • Effective nutrition labelling (funded by the Australian Research Council)
  • Evaluation of healthy food and drink policies (in collaboration with the WA School Canteen Association)
  • Evaluation of the Healthier Workplace WA program for Cancer Council WA
  • Crunch&Sip program evaluation for Cancer Council WA
  • LiveLighter campaign research for Cancer Council WA
  • Grandparents’ feeding practices (funded by the WA health Promotion Foundation)

Physical activity

  • Evaluation of the Healthier Workplace WA program for Cancer Council WA
  • Physical activity in later life (funded by the Australian Research Council)
  • Effects of new technologies on physical activity (funded by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre)
  • Assessment of expectant fathers’ physical activity levels and general health

Sun exposure

  • Campaign evaluation for Cancer Council WA
  • Effects of UV information provision in schools (funded by the WA health Promotion Foundation)
  • Effects of UV information provision in schools (funded by Curtin University)

Smoking

  • Tobacco control advertising evaluation for Cancer Council WA
  • E-cigarette use among young people (funded by the WA health Promotion Foundation)
  • Tobacco use in vulnerable populations (funded by the WA health Promotion Foundation)

Discipline expertise

  • Behaviour change
  • Clinical psychology
  • Communications and campaign evaluation research
  • Consumer research
  • Health promotion
  • Health psychology
  • Medical practice
  • Organisational psychology
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Social marketing