The ultimate aim of the Health Observatory is to contribute to positive ageing by improving population health across the life span. The work involves the tracking of population health to identify gaps/targets that can be better addressed through prevention strategies and/or better management chronic conditions and conditions associated with ageing.
Our aim is to use the intelligence gained from this knowledge to initiate focussed clinical and public health intervention studies to address these problems.
Nutrition Obesity Lifestyle & Environment (NOBLE II) Study
An ARC-funded multi-disciplinary study of obesity in
South Australian Intergenerational Population Health Study (SAPHIRe) http://www.unisa.edu.au/health/research/SAPHIRe.asp
An NHMRC-funded research program assessing the impact of inflammation, obesity and male sex hormones on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and their interaction with traditional lifestyle risk factors in men followed in FAMAS and NWAHS. An important sub-study is looking at sleep disorders and obesity and their relationship to cardio-metabolic disease in men. This will involve Level 3 home sleep studies on 1,000 men over the next 12 months.
Place and Metabolic Syndrome Study (PAMS)
An NHMRC-funded project in collaboration with colleagues at the University of South Australia (Prof Mark Daniels) which is examining the relationship of place- of work, living, social interactions, environment- on cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases.
Recruitment Completed, Study ongoing
Fish oil in Knee Osteoarthritis Study (FOSTAR)
This is a randomised clinical trial of low or high dose fish oil in people with knee OA. 200 people have been recruited from 3 sites in
Study Completed, Analysis underway
A biomedical and biographical cohort study of the North West Adelaide population which has just completed clinic visits in Stage 3 of the study.
Lungs for Life Study (LuFli)
A population research study investigating the misdiagnosis of respiratory diseases (asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease) and the ways in which diagnosis and appropriate treatment can be improved.
Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)
FAMAS is a longitudinal study of men aged 35-80 examining the health and health-related behaviours of 1195 randomly selected men living in the north west regions of Adelaide.
For recruitment shortly
Frailty and Nutrition (FAN) Study: Under-nutrition In Older People
It is important that people with health problems understand the nature of their problem, why the problem is important and what they can do to mange effectively and optimise health outcomes. The Observatory is currently assessing population health literacy in
Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are often co-morbidities alongside other health problems and complicate the severity and management issues involved. A number of studies on mental health are underway in relation to obesity, respiratory disease and diabetes.
Impact of Foot Disorders
Data from the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS) demonstrates that foot pain is common in the community and more research into its causes are required in the Australian community.
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Professor Robert Adams
Associate Professor Catherine Hill
Associate Professor Renuka Visvanathan
Professor Richard Ruffin
Professor Gary Wittert
Dr Sarah Appleton
Dr Cynthia Piantadosi
Ms Judith Sowden
Dr Solomon Yu
Dr Anupam Datta Gupta
Ms Elsa Dent
Mr Mark Dodd
Mr Graeme (Tommy) Tucker
Ms Jennifer Buckley
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