About Us

We aimed to address some key gaps in our knowledge about:

  • The role and effectiveness of primary health care (PHC) in preventing and managing obesity across the lifecycle and for high risk and vulnerable population groups
  • How evidence based guidelines for prevention and management of overweight and obesity can be implemented  within PHC
  • The implications for primary care organisations, workforce development, health information systems and financing of PHC

COMPaRE-PHC was the only research centre focused solely on the wellbeing of socially and economically vulnerable groups, where the incidence of obesity has increased the most. COMPaRE-PHC is addressing key gaps in current knowledge about obesity prevention across the lifecycle, the role of allied health services in weight management, and the part that Medicare Locals and existing population health programs can play in obesity prevention.

COMPaRE-PHC was a collaborative partnership comprising:

  • University of New South Wales – Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity
  • University of Sydney – Boden Institute and School of Public Health
  • University of Technology Sydney - Faculty of Health
  • Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Inala Indigenous Health Service)
  • Deakin University - Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
  • University of Adelaide - School of Population Health
  • Robert Gordon University - Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
  • University of Otago - Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research.

COMPaRE-PHC was one of nine Centres of Research Excellence (CREs) in primary health care funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute that were established to undertake research focused on key health reform challenges.