Impact and resources

Our researchers strive to produce evidence that makes a real and positive difference to health and wellbeing. We conduct research across all life stages looking at food, nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.


Find out how IPAN research has made a difference in health over the years.

Impact timeline


We’re pleased to share some of our resources including project outcomes and presentations. For journal publications, see individual researcher profiles here.

  • Research

    Optimising park features for all ages

    This video outlines the research findings of A/Prof Jenny Veitch and team about the most valued park features in different age groups.

    REVAMP study

    The Recording and EValuating Activity in a Modified Park (REVAMP) study was a natural experiment that examined the impact of the installation of a play-scape on park visitation and park-based physical activity compared with a control park.


    This three-year project (2017-2020) identified the relative importance of park features that attract children (8-12 years), teens (13-18 years) and older adults (65+ years) to visit parks, and to be active and social during their time in the park.

    Parks for heart health

    This project is led by A/Prof Jenny Veitch, who is supported by an Australian National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (ID 101928).

  • Events

    IPAN Food Policy Symposium

    On Wednesday 15 August 2018, guest speakers Dr Sandro Demaio (Chief Executive Officer, EAT Foundation) and Associate Professor Jessica Fanzo (Co-chair, the Global Nutrition Report) joined IPAN’s Professor Mark Lawrence and Dr Philip Baker to present IPAN’s Food Policy Symposium.

    IPAN Truth & Sleuth event: When treehouses become screenhouses

    Screens are infiltrating our lives. Whether it’s smartphones, tablets or game consoles, there is uncertainty about the impact of screen time on children’s physical, mental and social health outcomes. Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Lauren Arundell delivers an engaging and thoughtful presentation on the latest research about the impacts of screen time on children and offers some useful techniques to help parents to reduce screen time in the home. (19 September 2019).

    Lancet 2023 Breastfeeding Series Australasia & Pacific launch event (Feb 2023)

    Watch as IPAN’s Dr Phil Baker and co-authors of the 2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding, together with a panel of experts, explore the immense value breastfeeding women generate for society and how the vulnerabilities of women, children and families are exploited by the formula milk industry.

    You can also read the full Series papers here .

    Webinar: Beyond food relief – ensuring food security for all (Aug 2023)

    This webinar featured experts from the US and Australia on approaches that work to tackle food insecurity.

    If you’d like to find out more about the panellists, their organisations and the evidence shared at the event, click on the links below:

    To watch, please click the link below and enter the passcode for the recording: 3F?t8Lu&

  • Submissions

    Australian Government Inquiry into Diabetes

    2023 – Submission to the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport, Inquiry into Diabetes

    National Consumer Engagement Strategy for Health and Wellbeing

    2023 – Submission to the Draft National Consumer Engagement Strategy for Health and Wellbeing

    Review of the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement (MAIF Agreement)

    2023 – Submission to the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care: Review of the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement (MAIF Agreement)

    Commonwealth Early Years Strategy

    2023 – Submission to the Commonwealth Early Years Strategy

    Australian Guideline for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk

    2022 – Submission to the Heart Foundation / Australian Chronic Disease Alliance: Update of the Guidelines for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk

    National Health Literacy Strategy Framework

    2022 – Submission to the National Health Literacy Strategy Framework Consultation

    National Obesity Prevention Strategy

    2021 – Submission to the Draft National Obesity Prevention Strategy

    National Preventative Health Strategy

    2020-2021 – Submission to Consultation Paper for the National Preventative Health Strategy

    28 Sept 2020 - Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Environmental Infrastructure for Growing Populations

    City of Greater Geelong Sustainability Framework and Action Plan

    28 May 2020 – IPAN submission CoGG Sustainability Framework and Action Plan

    WHO Physical Activity Guidelines

    17 April 2020 – IPAN feedback on WHO Physical Activity Guidelines

    National Obesity Strategy

    16 Dec 2019: Submission to Parliament of Australia Senate Committee: Inquiry into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia