The key objective of this joint linkage and exchange fellowship was to develop a collaborative proposal to determine how to engage primary health care workers, parents and other child care providers in the promotion of healthy weight among young children, particularly within disadvantaged groups. To this end Dr. Lydia Hearn and Margaret Miller visited the UK, Canada and America to work with collaborators to:
The focus of the international fellowship was to compare and contrast the development and implementation of policy and programs to engage primary health care services with parents and other carers to prevent childhood obesity in the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. The findings indicated that given the highly complex nature of the issue, and the fact that it covers a number of jurisdictions (health, education, family and community services, social environment, etc.) it was clear that decision makers required different types of evidence (process, impact, feasibility, cost effectiveness, etc) to make informed decisions on how best to address these barriers. Moreover, given the lack of “excellent” evidence, based on randomised controlled trials, the study indicated a need for a methodology that assessed the quality of programs based on “best available evidence”, highlighting “promising” programs and their relevance in different settings and contexts.
The key outcome was the successful development of the Starting Childhood Obesity Prevention Earlier (SCOPE) project, with funding from Healthway, involving the collaboration of researchers in the UK and Canada. A major presentation of these finding were presented to key stakeholders at the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.
ANU Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) & The Department of Health and Ageing
For further information about this project please contact Dr Lydia Hearn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lydia Hearn
Mrs Margaret Miller