Research around practice partnerships: an example of building partnerships to address overweight and obesity in childrenAnne A. Poulsen A G , Robert Bush A , Joleen Tirendi A , Jenny Ziviani B , Rebecca Abbott C , Doune Macdonald C , Matthew A. Brown D and Gary M. Leong E F
A The University of Queensland, Healthy Communities Research Centre, 11 Salisbury Road, Ipswich, Qld 4305, Australia.
B Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072, Australia.
C School of Human Movement Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072, Australia.
D UQ Diamantina Institute of Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072, Australia.
E Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072, Australia.
F Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Mater Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane, Qld 4101, Australia.
G Corresponding author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Journal of Primary Health 15(4) 285-293 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY09005
Published: 26 November 2009
Prevention and management of childhood overweight and obesity is a health priority for governments and communities throughout the developed world. A conceptual model, Research around Practice in Childhood Obesity (RAPICO), has been developed to guide capacity building in a coordinated ‘bench to fieldwork’ initiative to address this public health problem. Translation of research findings into sustainable responses with optimal fit requires consideration of context-specific relevance, cost-effectiveness, feasibility and levels of available support. The RAPICO model uses program theory to describe a framework for progressing practitioner–community–research partnerships to address low, medium and high levels of risk for childhood overweight and obesity within community settings. A case study describing the development of a logic model to inform risk-linked responses to childhood overweight and obesity is presented for the Ipswich community in south-east Queensland.