Primary care is where the best public health is done.
Successful health care systems of the future will keep people well rather than respond to poor health. Primary care services that support communities to have healthy lifestyles and enjoy healthy environments is a smart way to make this happen.
Our team work with community members, health professionals, education providers and professional bodies to conduct research on how people can be better supported in primary care to eat well and live well. We implement interventions and programs so that doctors, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists and other health professionals feel confident in nutrition and have the skills to best meet patients' needs. We work with Primary Health Networks to better understand how primary care services can be reoriented to put nutrition and other lifestyle behaviours at the forefront of the primary care system.
What do we mean by primary care?
Primary care refers to the first contact point that people have with the health care system. Usually this term includes general practice, pharmacy, allied health services, Aboriginal health services, dentistry, community care and social care services. Our team use an extended definition of primary care for healthy living, to also include retail (shopping centres), physical activity services (community sport, gyms) as well as professionals outside of the traditional health system (Chinese medicine, naturopathy). Our aim is to keep people healthy by enhancing the support provided by all extended primary care services.
Our Vision is to improve population health
Our Values are a commitment to excellence; creativity; integrity; collaboration; inclusivity; respect and equity.
We have three streams of research
- Putting patients first– These studies seek to discover best ways to support people to be as healthy as possible. READ MORE
- Helping those who help– These studies seek to find the best ways to support clinicians to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy environments. READ MORE
- Shaping Systems– These studies seek to find the best ways to influence primary care’s capacity to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy environments. READ MORE