Priority Research Centre for

About Us

The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB) 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. The major 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

The Goals of the PRCHB are to increase understanding of, and solutions for:

  1. Reducing preventable risk factors for communicable and non-communicable diseases
  2. Improving health and psychosocial outcomes for people affected by chronic and other diseases
  3. Improving the effective translation of evidence into policy and practice by health and other services

PRCHB combines researchers from a variety of fields including: psychology, public health, medicine, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, epidemiology, statistics, health economics, population health, law and information technology to carry out high quality, intervention-focused health behaviour research targeting key public health issues. PRCHB members are leading innovative projects across a range of fields.

PRCHB 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.