The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.
Led by its highly experienced Director, Professor John Wiggers, the Centre brings together a number of separate research groups to harness their combined wealth of research expertise. These groups include:
- Hunter New England Population Health (HNEPH)
- Health Behaviour Research Group (HBRG)
- Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences
- The School of Psychology
- Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB)
- Maddison Collaboration
CHB research focuses on social and individual factors which affect the health of populations: developing measures and interventions for reducing prevalence of preventable disease risks while increasing equitable and evidence-based health care delivery. CHB works to assess and reduce the psychosocial impacts of chronic disease and is involved in improving responses to emerging infectious disease threats.
CHB combines researchers from a variety of fields including: psychology, public health, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing to carry out high quality, intervention-focused health behaviour research targeting key public health issues. CHB members are leading innovative projects across a range of fields.
CHB aims to improve the health of the community using evidenced-based strategies to increase the number of: competitive research grants, externally funded fellowships, research higher degrees completed.