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Professor Jim Sallis and the IPEN team welcomed during Sallis' third IHA visit

Last month The Institute for Health and Ageing hosted Professorial Fellow Jim Sallis’ third visit, extending his collaboration with the Institute’s Urban Spaces and Active Ageing research program.

Professor Jim Sallis, who is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego,  joined Australian Catholic University as a Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing in February 2017.

In addition to providing advisory support to the IHA faculty and sharing his pioneering work in the interdisciplinary study of built environment and physical activity, Prof. Sallis is working with Professor Ester Cerin, lead of IHA’s research program in Urban Spaces and Active Ageing, on the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN) Adult study.

The study, launched in 2009, examines the environmental correlation of physical activity and obesity in adults and adolescents. It involves the analyses of 12 countries’ data pooled together, examining how specific environmental attributes are related to physical activity domains, leisure and transport.

The network which oversees the study, was established in 2004 by Prof. Sallis and other researchers to increase communication and collaboration between those investigating environmental correlations of physical activity, and to stimulate research in physical activity and the environment across the globe.

Both Prof. Sallis and ACU have been a part of the project since its launch, with ACU recently awarded the task of coordinating the different countries, collating its data, and generating the results.

During Professor Sallis’ August visit, three members of the international IPEN team –  Dr Terry Conway, Kelli Cain, and Carrie Geremia were introduced to IHA colleagues. They have been working with Jim Sallis for 15-20 years and are highly experienced in grant planning, writing, implementation, analysis and reporting. This experienced group have innovated project management methods, developed software, and trained investigators internationally about the methods and measures the IPEN team uses. During their visit to IHA they conducted workshops in project management and data collection, management and analysis.

ACU looks forward to its continued work with Prof. Sallis and the IPEN team and welcomes his efforts in supporting IHA’s innovative work addressing practical issues of health and wellbeing.


See recent commentary from Professor Sallis regarding Melbourne’s title as “World’s Most liveable city” according to the Economist’s liveability index.



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