CHIRP

About

Cardiometabolic Health Implementation Research for Postpartum individuals (CHIRP) consists of a team of international researchers interested in improving the health and wellbeing of mothers with young children.

Our overarching goal is to prevent long-term lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease in women with a focus on health equity. However, our previous engagement with mothers with young children tells us that health to them is not just about avoiding disease, but also about achieving a balance in physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We would like to develop health programs or interventions that meet the needs of mothers with young children, in a way that would be helpful for them.

To achieve this, we established a CHIRP consumer group, now with over 60 consumers born in >20 countries. This group consists of mums with children under five who share experiences and help to develop programs and research. It’s free to join this great group of mums, and participants could be reimbursed for their time and experience. See below for a list of FAQs.

If you are interested in joining the consumer group, please contact Siew Lim or Maureen Makama on CHIRP-enquiry@monash.edu or complete this survey to get started.


Latest news

In 2022, CHIRP engaged 100 clinicians and women from all five continents with a history of gestational diabetes. We asked these women to rank their priorities and principles for diabetes prevention after pregnancy. The values and principles are to be cross-cutting themes underpinning all research in this area. The ranked research priorities are to guide future research efforts to improve diabetes prevention in women with a history of gestational diabetes. Here are the results:

The top-ranked principles and values underlying research for diabetes prevention after gestational diabetes

Principles and Values

  1. Universal access
  2. Evidence-based
  3. Equity driven
  4. Country-led solutions
  5. Sustainability

Research Priorities

  1. Stress and mental wellbeing
  2. Information on exercise and diet for postpartum individuals to prevent cardiometabolic diseases
  3. Lactation and breastfeeding
  4. Exercise and childbirth
  5. The physical environment for healthy eating (eg: food policy, food labelling laws)
  6. Mother's sleep
  7. Sedentary behaviour after childbirth
  8. Infant's sleep
  9. Planning and organisational skills
  10. Peer support or support from other mothers

FAQs

What does being part of the consumer group involve?
You will receive email invitations to participate in surveys or meetings where you will have the opportunity to share your experiences. Your experiences may be used to help develop some of our projects that aim to improve the lives of mothers with babies and young children. Although we will invite you to the meetings, you are not obliged to attend any or all of the meetings.

Will I be paid for my time?
Depending on the nature of the activity, you may be reimbursed for your time and expertise. Each time you participate in an activity you could receive around $35-40 per hour, or as specified in the invitation for each of the activities.

Tell me more about the group?
The group is about supporting mothers to be advocates to inform research and policies. You will be offered free training in advocacy and research.

Is this an ongoing commitment?
You are not obliged to attend any or all of the meetings or activities. You are also able to unsubscribe to the emails at any time, simply email us at CHIRP-enquiry@monash.edu.

How do I get started?
If you would like to join the CHIRP Consumer Group, please complete this survey.

Research Team

Dr Siew Lim
Chair, Oceania Regional Lead

Health Systems and Equity Unit, Monash University

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Maureen Makama
Deputy Chair, Australia

Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University

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Associate Professor Ahmed Reja
Africa Regional Lead

School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University

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Professor Leanne Redman
Americas Regional Lead

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University

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Associate Professor Sharleen O’Reilly
Europe regional lead

School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin

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Assistant Professor Elezebeth Mathews
Asia regional lead

Wellcome DBT India Alliance Fellow, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Central University of Kerala

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Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle
CHIRP Principal Advisor

Health Systems and Equity Unit, Monash University

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Professor Helen Skouteris
CHIRP Consultant

Head of Health and Social Care Unit, Monash University

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Elysa Ioannou
Communications Lead, United Kingdom

PhD student, Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC), Sheffield Hallam University

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