Conference paper

Socially healthy ageing: the importance of third places, soft edges and walkable neighbourhoods

This paper discusses the impacts of physical neighbourhood environments on the social life — a component of social health — of older people. The research is focused on where, in the neighbourhood, the social life of older people takes place.
Briefing paper

Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving physical health and wellbeing outcomes for children

This briefing paper describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve child physical health and wellbeing outcomes.
Conference paper

Development and Trial of an Automated, Open Source Walkability Tool Through AURIN's Open Source Portal

Creating walkable environments produces a range of health and environmental co-benefits including increased physical activity, social interaction, sustainable living and environmental protection. This project developed, trialled and validated a ‘Walkability Index Tool’. This is an automated geospatial tool capable of creating walkability indices for neighbourhoods...
Briefing paper

The road to reducing dementia onset and prevalence: are diet and physical activity interventions worth investing in?

In Australia, deaths as a result of dementia have now taken over cerebrovascular disease as the second leading cause of death. At present, over a quarter million Australians suffer from dementia and projected estimates indicate that the figure can reach a high of nearly one...

Fit mind, fit job: from evidence to practice in mental health and work

This report argues that health and employment services should intervene earlier, involve key stakeholders and ensure they work together in order to help people with mental-health issues find work and stay in a job. Foreword

The future of cycling in Australia

The National Cycling Strategy aims to double, by next year, the number of cyclists in Australia. Recent figures suggest about 16% of us have ridden a bike in the past week. Cyclists come in many forms: the ‘Lycra brigade’, hipsters with their fixies (fixed gear...

Is sport enough? 2014 report card on physical activity for children and young people

Based on a Canadian initiative, this annual report provides information on the physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Australia's children and young people. Introduction: Australia is a sporting nation and sport is an integral part of our national identity, which is reflected in the large...

Tasmania’s plan for physical activity 2011–2021

Aiming to realise the statement: "All Tasmanians experience and enjoy the many benefits of regular physical activity", this policy has four goals. While each has its own distinct focus, they are all connected. GOAL 1: Become a community that values and supports physical activity GOAL...

Perspectives on sport, Nov 2013

Perspectives on Sport is a series of short articles on topics of interest relating to sport and physical recreation using data sourced from a range of ABS surveys.

Australian sport: emerging challenges, new directions

This outlines two key areas where the government plans to introduce new measures: the way it supports elite sport; and the way sport is used to boost participation and physical activity to help build a healthier nation. The report alos outlines projects the government will...