Our approach

Unexpected collaborations

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At the Charles Perkins Centre we look at problems from every angle, thinking all the way around them with the ultimate goal of creating healthier, more sustainable communities.

Traditionally, the majority of initiatives addressing obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions have approached them as medical conditions, concentrating on their complex biology at the levels of genes, cells and organs.

While these are important areas for research, the causes and consequences of these diseases are much more complicated than biology alone.

These are complex problems that require a new and complex solution which is why we have brought together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the interconnectedness of our environment, our food and our health.

This approach helps us to explain how people’s risk of disease is affected by psychological, educational, cultural, and economic circumstances, or external factors such as the built environment, the agriculture and food industries, technologies and media.

We have drawn upon our strong network of medical research communities, global health agencies, hospitals, government, entrepreneurs and industry to ensure our research is translated into real-world solutions that will create lasting change.

Through these diverse collaborations, we are challenging prevailing dogmas, generating new ideas and translating knowledge into action to transform lives within our local community and around the world.

Find out more about our people and how they’re working together for a better future.