Sydney Sax Oration 2011

The ACT Branch of the Public Health Association Australia presents the Sax Oration each year in honour of the late Dr Sidney Sax to promote discussion on issues of importance in public health in Australia.

This year’s oration was given Chris Rissel, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Chris’s research interests focus on obesity prevention and active travel. He is one of the authors of  Cycling: Getting Australia Moving (other authors of this report are Adrian Bauman, Jan Garrard, Ian Ker, Rosemarie Speidel and Elliot Fishman).  Chris has just completed a three-year project to promote increased use of cycle paths in south-west Sydney. (A list of his publications can be found here.)

The Oration was hosted by CeRAPH and the University of Canberra took place in the NATSEM Building on the University of Canberra campus. The title of the talk was Legislation for public health: the good, bad and unexpected consequences of bicycle helmet legislation for cycling safety and promotion.

Chris discussed the impact helmet legislation has had on cycling participation in Australia. Some of the ideas he discussed can be found in this radio interview. His oration prompted a large number of questions and discussion. Some of the data Chris presented can be found here.

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Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH)

The University of Canberra has a hidden treasure, the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH). In the past few months the Faculty of Health and the University have recruited two leading researchers to guide the Centre’s development. Rachel Davey is the Director of the Centre and Professor of Health Research. Helen Berry is Rachel’s senior research colleague in the Centre.

Rachel and Helen have produced a five year strategic vision for CeRAPH that is framed by three goals:

  1. Excellence in health promotion and wellbeing research
  2. Engagement with communities of practice
  3. Dynamic alignment of research priorities

CeRAPH’s research focus will be on:

  • Chronic disease prevention throughout the lifespan
  • Environmental, economic, cultural and psycho-social determinants of health
  • Translation of research findings to policy, practice and service delivery for patient care and community health

I like the Centre’s focus on interprofessional research teams and believe that many other research clusters can benefit from an innovative approach to interdisciplinary sharing and exploration. (The added bonus for CeRAPH is that ACT Health has a strong philosophical commitment to interprofessional learning.) I think such research is the key to the translation of evidence into practice that is entirely fitting for a Centre for Research and Action.

Photo Credits

Angels are Messengers from God Thomas Hawk (see his account of the photograph here)

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