Knowledge Synthesis Hub

Welcome to the CRE HiPP Knowledge Synthesis Hub

CRE HiPP will generate vast new knowledge and consolidate existing knowledge via quantitative and qualitative methodologies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and audits of current guidelines and best practice across each of the Research Streams and the Research Theme.

This knowledge will be presented as evidence summaries, lay fact sheets of our guidelines and published peer reviewed papers, and will be centralised here in the Knowledge Synthesis Hub.


Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Workplace Portal

CRE HiPP Chief Investigators, Professors Helen Skouteris and Andrew Hills, along with early and mid career researchers, Seonad Madden (PhD student), Dr Briony Hill Dr Claire Blewitt and Kiran Ahuja, have worked with UTAS and MacKillop Family Services over the last 2 years to pioneer a Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum (HiPPP) Workplace Portal. The HiPPP Workplace Portal has been co-designed to provide a “one stop shop” for women, men, people and families to source evidence based information about lifestyle health and maternity/parental leave policies and practices during these reproductive life phases. Click here to view our HiPPP Workplace Portal Implementation Guide that can be used by other organisations to develop and implement a HiPPP Portal.

The research that informed the HiPPP Workplace Portal Implementation Guide includes:

  1. Madden, S. K., Blewitt, C. A., Ahuja, K. D. K., Skouteris, H., Bailey, C. M., Hills, A. P., & Hill, B. (2021). Workplace healthy lifestyle determinants and wellbeing needs across the preconception and pregnancy periods: A qualitative study informed by the COM-B model.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(8), 4154.
  2. Madden, S. K., Cordon, E. L., Bailey, C.,Skouteris, H., Ahuja, K., Hills, A. P., & Hill B. (2020). The effect of workplace lifestyle programs on diet, physical activity and weight-related outcomes for working women: A systematic review using the TIDieR checklist. Obesity Reviews, 21(10).
  3. Madden, S., Skouteris,H., Bailey, C., Hills, A. P., Ahuja, K. D. K., & Hill, B. (2020). Women in the Workplace: Promoting healthy lifestyles and mitigating weight gain during the preconception, pregnancy and postpartum periods. International Journal on Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(3), 821.

Funding for this project has also been provided by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Boosting Preventive Health Research Program, administered through The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC).

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Brokering Innovation Through Evidence (BITE)
Bite-sized summaries of research in preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health, supported by CRE HiPP

Tackling inequalities in preconception health and care – barriers, facilitators and recommendations for action from the 2023 UK Preconception EMCR Network conference
Danielle Schoenaker
17 June 2024
Suboptimal pregnancy planning and preconception health affect some subgroups of the population more than others. We held an interactive workshop at the 2023 UK Preconception EMCR Network conference to co-develop recommendations on ways to address inequalities in preconception health and care.
Pregnancy Mobile App Use: A Survey of Health Information Practices and Quality Awareness Among Pregnant Women in Australia
Dr Bonnie Brammal
28 May 2024
Research shows many pregnancy apps have suboptimal quality and accuracy, highlighting the need for better guidelines and regulation. Our aim is to understand how individuals access, evaluate, and use health information from pregnancy apps, and their perceptions of the safety and quality of this information.
Barriers and facilitators to cardiovascular disease prevention following hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in primary care
Kaylee Slater, Building Stakeholder Relationships Co-Lead CRE HiPP
22 April 2024
Guidelines recommend that women diagnosed with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) should be advised of their increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, have regular blood pressure monitoring by their general practitioner (GP), and adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours. Within Australia, the current practice in primary health care is unknown.
Sharing the Motherload: A review and development of the CO-Parent conceptual model for early childhood obesity prevention
Dr Konsita Kuswara, Early Career Researcher
15 April 2024
Fathers play a key role in influencing their child’s risk of developing obesity, however, they remain under-represented in childhood obesity research and interventions. We developed a conceptual model to describe how paternal behaviours and wellbeing in preconception, pregnancy, and the early years could impact a child’s weight.
Co-designing culturally responsive digital preconception health content for women from priority groups
Dr Asvini Subasinghe, Research Fellow, CRE HiPP
26 March 2024
Women from migrant and refugee backgrounds have greater rates of gestational diabetes and poorer pregnancy outcomes, including maternal and infant mortality, compared to native born Australians. We are partnering with ActionLab to design a tailored digital dashboard using AI that can be accessed via a QR code on any device that will provide specific preconception health information.