Preventative health activities can reduce the burden of disease by avoiding the development or halting the progression of illness. We advance this through research focussed on early detection, intervention and reducing the further impacts of established disease.
CSIRO’s health prevention activities are broad ranging and include research in nutrition, substantiation of food claims, developing healthier foods and better understanding of how foods, diets and physical activity can improve health and wellbeing in adults and children.
Our research also incorporates:
behavioural studies to investigate the individual and environment factors that influence people’s decision making and behaviour in relation to health
investigating and designing functional foods that contain naturally occurring molecules with enhanced health benefits such as edible oils, resistant starches and fibre
understanding and modifying the risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, improving the accuracy and early detection of disease, and monitoring the impacts on the community.
CSIRO health research activities in prevention are principally through its Preventative Health Flagship. The long term vision of the Flagship is to improve the health and well-being of Australians and deliver savings in direct health costs through the prevention and early detection of disease.