Reflexive Evidence and Systems Interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-communicable Disease (RESPOND)

RESPOND is a Deakin University led National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Research Project that will use a whole of community approach to focus on the health and wellbeing of children.

Over the next five years (2019-2023), the RESPOND project will work with the communities and local service providers of Northern Victoria, including 14 local health services, 12 local governments and 116 schools; reaching more than 30,000 children aged up to 12 years. A community-led systems method will be used to drive positive and practical changes from the ground up, developing the communities as world leaders in creating supportive environments for healthier choices.  The project relies on the insights of the communities to identify causes and what they would like to do to create sustainable change in improving their children’s health outcomes.

Local government areas included in the program are Alpine, Benalla, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

The Central Hume Primary Care Partnership is supporting this initiative, along with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Department of Education and Training, VicHealth, the Primary Care Partnerships of Upper Hume, Lower Hume and Goulburn Valley and member agencies of these partnerships.


Further information:

RESPOND summary Central Hume


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