Part of Victoria University's Healthy and Inclusive Communities Research Program, the Active Living and Public Health research group examines epidemiological aspects of chronic disease prevention and promotion of well-being through healthy use of time.
Active Living & Public Health research
Our research has broad implications for public policy and interventions to improve population health and well-being. We make important contributions to public health by:
- developing methods for measurement and analysis of health-related time use compositions
- increasing the understanding of public-health aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and other health-related components of time use
- designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to promote active living.
We contribute to major international initiatives and networks for the promotion of active living, such as:
- Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance
- Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!)
- International Network of Time-Use Epidemiologists (INTUE)
- Sports Club for Health (SCforH) consortium
- World Leisure.
We have expertise in:
- time-use epidemiology
- physical activity and sedentary behaviour research
- muscle-strengthening exercise
- leisure research
- health policy
- health promotion
- chronic disease prevention
- health surveillance
- applied statistics.
Our research is focused on the following topics:
- prevalence, determinants and outcomes of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and muscle-strengthening activity
- interventions to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour, and improve outcomes of muscle-strengthening activities
- delivery of community sport and recreation services
- national- and subnational-level policies that may impact physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the population
- measures and methods for assessment and population surveillance of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- statistical methods for time-use epidemiology.
- Professor Zeljko Pedisic, Group Leader
- Dr Bo Klepac Pogrmilovic, Deputy Group Leader
- Dr Jerome Rachele, Deputy Group Leader
- Professor Maximilian De Courten
- Professor Melinda Craike
- Professor Rochelle Eime
- Dr Jozo Grgic
- Associate Professor Lisa Hodge
- Dr Julia Gilmartin-Thomas
- Professor Warren Payne
- Professor Alexandra Parker
- Dr Nipun Shrestha
- Associate Professor Zali Yager
- Dr John Tower.
- Si-Tong Chen, Social Media Manager
- Raja Ram Dhungana
- Kathryn McDonald
- Aamir Raoof Memon
- Angela Paredes Castro, Social Media Manager
- Jayasekara Ranatunge
- Ruirui (Rainie) Xing.