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Mental health promotion (including bullying and aggression prevention)

Since 2004, researchers at the CHPRC have secured over $8 million for bullying and aggression prevention research, encompassing 39 projects. The CHPRC received six new research grants in this area in 2011 and continued work on four currently held grants. Over this time, the CHPRC has conducted formative research projects to better understand the problem of bullying and aggression in schools and has taken this knowledge to three year intervention research trials and the evaluation of programs implemented by Government and non-Government agencies across Australia. Our current research focus is investigating targeted interventions for students who bully others as well as cyberbullying, the safe use of technology and transition and other whole-school strategies to enhance student social and emotional skills and reduce mental health problems. See Projects and Past Projects for links to individual project summaries.

Healthy lifestyle and healthy weight promotion

Since 2004, researchers at the CHPRC have secured over $1.3 million for obesity prevention research. In 2011 and 2012, staff continued to work on the two currently held grants in this area working closely with industry stakeholders to develop resources and support for new mothers to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their young children. Our future research will draw on the CHPRC’s expertise in school-based interventions to improve healthy lifestyles for young children and their families. See Projects and Past Projects for links to individual project summaries.

Drug use harm reduction

The CHPRC have conducted research in the area of tobacco and illicit drug use in Western Australian schools with a recent focus on child and parent perceptions of alcohol use. Since 2004, researchers at the CHPRC have secured $1.5 million for this drug use control research. See Projects and Past Projects for links to individual project summaries.

Injury prevention

Injury prevention, particularly road safety, has been a strength of the CHPRC since 2004 with over $1 million for injury control research secured. In 2011, staff were awarded one new project and continued work on another currently held grant in this research area, primarily in response to program evaluation of state-wide curriculum materials and the formative evaluation of ‘best practice’ for early years road safety education. See Projects and Past Projects for links to individual project summaries.

Child Health Promotion Research Centre
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