Projects

Pacific Research Centre for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases

CURRENT PROJECTS OVERVIEW STATUS

Hypertension strategies in Fiji

(Fiji Sodium Intervention and Assessment (FSIA))

This three year NHMRC/GACD research project led by the George Institute assesses the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of salt reduction strategies in Fiji. The project commenced in 2013 with the collection of the baseline data followed by the intervention phase in 2014, which was informed through the findings of the baseline phase and continued this year. The project proceeds with its final monitoring and follow-up from July 2015 and will complete in December 2016.
Centre of Research Excellence for Obesity and Food Systems (CRE) This five year NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for food policy and Obesity, which includes a Pacific stream focusing on food policy processes and impacts.

CRE project is in progress. Ethics approval has been received and data collection and analysis have begun for policy impact study in Fiji, with plans for similar study for Tonga.

Pacific Monitoring Alliance for NCD Actions (MANA) Funded by NZ grant through University of Auckland to develop Pacific MANA including the food and environment component.

Pacific MANA governance and coordinating group were endorsed at the Pacific Islands Heads of Health Meeting in February 2015. A term of reference was developed for coordinating group.

Protocols were developed for some of the food policy and environment components. A Pacific NCD dashboard was developed as a monitoring and surveillance tool in the Pacific Island countries and territories.

Work has also started on developing child BMI surveillance.

CONSULTANCIES UNDERWAY
Developing a user-friendly practical guide for sodium  intake assessment in the Pacific

C-POND is contracted by WHO to develop a user-friendly practical guide for assessing sodium intake in the Pacific Islands. This practical guide will be developed to provide guidance for collection and analysis of urine samples for assessing salt intake.

Institutional context assessment for NCD response in Fiji

Institutional Context Assessment (ICA) for NCD Prevention and Control in Fiji- Involved the assessment of the political and economic dimensions of NCD policy adoption, implementation and enforcement in Fiji. The findings will inform the costing/ investment case exercise that will happen later on this year. This work is funded by UNDP.

COMPLETED PROJECTS OVERVIEW
The Pacific Obesity Prevention In Communities (OPIC)

OPIC project was a four country collaboration between The University of Auckland (Auckland), Deakin University, (Melbourne), Fiji School of Medicine (Suva) and Tongan Ministry of Health (Nuku’alofa). The aim of the project was to see if community-based interventions for obesity, in multiple settings, could slow the progression of obesity. A specific objective was to measure the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of whole-of-community obesity prevention programmes for youth (ages 12-18 years) in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Australia.

This was a five year project funded by three research funding bodies: the Welcome Trust (UK), the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), and the Health Research Council (New Zealand) as part of an International Collaborative Research Grants scheme.

A four country baseline report is available at the following website http://www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/who-obesity/reports/2008report/OPIC-Baseline-Report-2008.pdf

The follow up report of the four country report is available at the following page: (Please Click here)

The Translation Research on Obesity Prevention In Communities (TROPIC)

TROPIC involved capacity building for selected researchers and policy-makers in Fiji to increase their capacity to use research evidence in their decision-making and policy development.

The project was funded by AusAID and Deakin University and jointly administered by Fiji School of Medicine (FSMed) and Deakin University.

The Translation Research on Obesity Prevention In Communities (TROPIC II) Capacity building for selected staff of the Ministry of Health Fiji on evidence-informed policymaking. Funded by the Fiji Health Sector Support Project (FHSSP).
Fiji Infant Diet Study

The Fiji Infant Diet study aimed to identify sociocultural and

socioeconomic factors influencing the diets of first-born Fiji children aged 6-36 months, from the perspectives of 24 iTaukei (indigenous Fijian) and 24 Indo Fijian (Fijian of Indian descent) mothers from a range of locations in Suva and its surrounds.

The study was funded by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and was conducted in collaboration with Deakin University.

Pacific Island Countries Nutrient Database

This research aimed to collect nutrient information from the nutrient information panel of processed foods sold in the region. Five countries within the Pacific; Fiji, Nauru, Guam, New Caledonia and Samoa was selected to collect these data.

This baseline data was used to monitor progress in reducing sodium content of processed foods available in Pacific Island countries.

The study was funded by the WHO-South Pacific office with additional

technical support from Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the George Institute, and the International Collaborative Group.

There is ongoing use of this database to monitor food composition, food labeling and food prices in Fiji and the region as part of Pacific MANA.

Assessment of extent of advertising of junk foods and drinks in Pacific Island Countries

The study assessed the advertising on two weekdays and a weekend (Saturday and Sunday), between 6am and 9pm, on the terrestrial television stations in Fiji, American Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia and French Polynesia, and on local radio stations in Fiji, New Caledonia and French Polynesia. The project was funded by WHO.

WUN Tobacco and media project

C-POND in collaboration with University of Sydney conducted a study on the role of media in tobacco attitudes in youth, and of trade on tobacco advertising in Fiji. The research was supported by World Universities Network Grant and led by University of Auckland.

CONSULTANCIES COMPLETED
Trade and NCDs workshop

In collaboration with SPC, UNDP and WHO, a sub-regional capacity building workshop was held in February 2013 to focus on the connections between trade, trade agreements and NCDs. A report was developed and is available online. 

Fiji STEPS Report

C-POND provided technical support and assisted the Ministry of Health in Fiji with drafting and finalising of Fiji’s 2011 STEPS report.

NCD strategic action plan for Fiji

Fiji Ministry of Health reviewed its NCD strategic action plan in 2014.

C-POND was involved with the development, consultation process and finalisation of the NCD strategic plan 2015-2019. This work was supported by FHSSP.

Development of a Regional Toolkit for Nutrition Education in Agriculture

C-POND was contracted by the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Pacific Office to develop a regional toolkit for nutrition education as part of their ongoing and planned FAO agriculture production for the region.

NCD STEPS Training in 3 Pacific Island Countries

The Centre provided technical assistance for the NCD STEPS survey data collection training to three (3) Pacific Islands countries; Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) C-POND was part of a collaborative work to conduct a health impact assessment (HIA) for the draft regulation on marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Fiji.
Responsiveness to NCDs - assessment

Piloting of a proposed framework developed by the Nossal Institute for Global Health to assess the responsiveness of health systems to NCDs.

Assessment completed and report published by Nossal

http://ni.unimelb.edu.au/data/assets/pdf_file/0008/857312/WP_34.pdf