24 March 2022
The Centre for Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH) is inviting all practitioners involved with or interested in healthy food retail initiatives to participate in two FREE 2-hour online interactive workshops to build and enhance their skills in this important area of work.
Health promotion practitioners/managers, project officers and staff at hospitals, health services, sports and recreation organisations and local government across Australia who are or will be involved with the design, implementation or evaluation of healthy food and drink retail initiatives in their community are welcome to take part.
The workshops will be guided by world-leading systems and healthy food retail experts and introduce the concepts and tools of ‘Systems Thinking’ and help participants learn to apply this thinking to the planning, implementation and resourcing of healthy food retail interventions and policies.
Participants will also have the opportunity to provide input into the development of a practical, systems-based tool aimed at supporting health promotion practitioners to create healthy food retail environments in health services, sports and recreation settings, and local government settings.
The second workshop will build upon skills developed in the first workshop, with participation in both highly recommended to get the most from this learning experience.
RE-FRESH researcher and systems thinking expert Tari Bowling, who will co-deliver the workshops, said building workforce capacity in this field was essential to addressing diet-related chronic illness.
“We know that moving food retailers in community settings towards healthier retail is essential to encouraging healthier diets for all Australians. These retail settings really are key gatekeepers for the types of food and drinks people consume in their community, so they present a huge opportunity to improve population health outcomes.
“We are pleased to be presenting information and working to develop tools to make this work evidence-based and best practice for on-the-ground practitioners, so they can achieve the greatest benefits for the communities they serve,”
WHO ARE THE WORKSHOP FACILITATORS?
Tari Bowling, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Dr Jill Whelan, Carmen Vargas Ares, Dr Miranda Blake, Dr Meaghan Christian and Andrew Brown.
WORKSHOP DATES & ESSENTIAL REGISTRATION:
Workshop 1 will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday the 13th of April 10am-12pm
Workshop 2 will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday the 4th of May 10am-12pm
Registration is essential, via Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com.au/e/304320128697
For more information please contact Dr Tari Bowling via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event has been supported by Deakin University’s Institute for Health Transformation and seed funding from The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. The Prevention Centre is funded by the NHMRC, the Australian Government Department of Health, ACT Health, Cancer Council Australia, NSW Ministry of Health, Wellbeing SA, Tasmanian Department of Health, and VicHealth. The Prevention Centre is administered by the Sax Institute.