Health Sciences

CHaSR kick starts Research Conversation

The Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, hosted the first Faculty of Health Sciences Research Conversation for 2015 on February 24.

The seminar’s theme was “Who are those CHaSR people and why are they having so much fun?”

Professor Sandra Jones, Director, presented an overview of the exciting projects undertaken in the field of social marketing, and the relationship between media and health.

Focussing on social justice and the need for creating and sustaining behaviour change for healthier living, the passionate team at CHaSR, specialises in social and critical marketing in a wide range of areas including alcohol and food consumption, physical activity, mental health and disability.

Some of the projects undertaken in the past have included:

  • Promoting awareness among teenagers of the need for sun protection
  • Raising awareness of asthma in older adults
  • Encouraging university students to talk about mental health
  • Encouraging Orthodox communities to talk about organ donation
  • Encouraging governments to change the regulation of alcohol consumption
  • Underage drinking – changing adolescent, parent and community norms is one of more than a dozen projects currently being undertaken at the centre across a wide range of health issues.

Click here for more information about CHaSR research and collaboration opportunities, or contact Christina Brennan at CHaSR on (03) 9953 3699.