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Community partnerships

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In addition to academic collaborations, our laboratory has established strong partnerships with the local city council, schools, local organizations, community groups and health promotion organizations in Dunedin.

We work with the community and for the community providing academic support for addressing community needs through our research projects and dissemination of research findings.

Assessing community needs

Dunedin City Council (2009-present)Assisted with the evaluation of Cycle Skills Training Programme in children and adolescents (South Dunedin Cycling Project evaluation)
Evaluated the interest of Dunedin adolescents in using Bike Library and Cycle Skills Training (BEATS Study)
Assessed the road safety around Dunedin schools (BEATS Study)
Evaluated young people's needs for youth space in Dunedin (OSSLS Study)
Evaluated young people’s needs for bus transport in Dunedin (OSSLS Study)
Otago Secondary Schools' Principals' Association (2018)Examining transport to school patterns and lifestyle behaviours of secondary school students in the rural areas of the Otago region (BEATS Research Programme)
Dunedin Secondary Schools' Partnership (2013-present)Examining students’ and parental reasons for choosing a particular secondary school in Dunedin (BEATS Research Programme)
Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association (2009-2010)Evaluated sport participation rates and support for sport at school in the Otago Region (OSSLS Study)

Providing academic support to local organisations

Secondary Schools Health Promotion Network (2015-2017)Supported health promotion in secondary schools across Otago by disseminating our relevant research findings to participating schools and members of the network.
Physical Activity and Nutrition Network Otago (2014-2017)Supported health promotion efforts in the wider community by disseminating research findings to the members of the network.
The Otago Phoenix Club (2009-present)Academic support for the local community-based cardiac rehabilitation program.
Taieri Fit and Fun Group (2009-2017)Academic support for the local community-based cardiac rehabilitation program.
Getting Dunedin Active Initiative (2009-2017)Supported network of physical activity-promoting organizations and building community partnership and research collaborations across the Physical Activity sector in Dunedin.