Introducing Public Health Insight!

This week we are really excited to introduce Public Health Insight.

Over the last 13 years our Public Health Evidence and Knowledge Translation team has been involved in a significant number of knowledge translation, implementation science and evidence related research initiatives with a range of stakeholders. However, what we probably have the greatest profile in is the international leadership of the Cochrane Public Health Group. This group is based within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and linked closely to the Australasian Cochrane Centre at Monash University.

Given the breadth of our work, we have recognized that we need to create a profile that better communicates our skills and expertise including collaborating and leading on evidence and knowledge translation related research, training, consultancies and evidence reviews. With the support of VicHealth, we have invested in a wide consultation process with stakeholders to identify ways in which we could strengthen our profile and brand.


Our new name, brand and profile is now Public Health Insight. Further information on the group and our work program can be found on our new website:

Our new brand better reflects our range of activities and services. It also reflects the philosophy and strategic goals of what we have done, and what we are keen to continue to evolve – making our services and activities clearer. As Public Health Insight, our vision remains the same: evidence informed decisions leading to better and more equitable public health. It is the way we strive to achieve this that defines us: inclusive research for healthier decisions.

Our key research services will continue to be:

  • Public Health Evidence reviews
  • Managing and editing Cochrane reviews
  • Knowledge Translation research and action
  • Training
  • Consultancy

Public Health Insight will incorporate the CPHG and maintain its strong links with the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne, and with the Cochrane Collaboration. We are really excited to embark on this new chapter and we encourage any researchers working in this area to get in touch, as we would welcome opportunities to explore new research questions.

Follow on Twitter: @PH_Insight and @CochranePH

Also visit the Cochrane Public Health Website to learn more about our Cochrane reviews.


Grant Success!

Dr Rebecca Armstrong and Dr Tahna Pettman and our new Public Health Insight team have just had some great news: their National Cancer Institute R21 grant has been funded!

It is a cross-country comparison of evidence-based practice in cancer prevention, focusing on state government decision-makers. They have a validated tool (not dissimilar to KT4LG survey) which they will implement across state government health departments in USA (Washington University in St Louis, Missouri), Brazil (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Parana), China (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong and Tongii University School of Medicine, Shanghai) and Australia – so a mix of middle and high income countries.
Ross Brownson, Rebecca Armstrong, Tahna Pettman, Rodrigo Reis, Katherine Stamatakis, Pauline Sung, Zhaoxin Wang. A cross-country comparison of evidence-based prevention of cancer. National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute (R21 grant in response to PAR 13-054).

Please join me in congratulating them both – their partnership with Ross is a long and strong one, and what a great welcome back from maternity leave for Rebecca and a wonderful outcome from Tahna’s participation in the NIH TIDIRH – training in Dissemination and Implementation research in health that she attended (the only Australian) – at the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, USA in 2012

This dovetails nicely with a new WHO grant to the Nossal Institute that we are leading in collaboration with Public Health Evidence South Asia (our CPHG South Asia satellite) at University of Manipal, which focusses on NCD’s and Disability – prevention, management and rehabilitation, and Tahna’s invited presentation to present within the World Cancer Congress in December on Implementing and evaluating a National Knowledge Translation and Exchange platform for NCD prevention,

If anyone would like more information, please do contact Rebecca and Tahna directly – and

Prof Elizabeth Waters
Jack Brockhoff Chair of Child Public Health