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

The importance of a healthy lifestyle postpartum

Maureen Makama & Dr Siew Lim , CRE HiPP Researchers

Women of reproductive age are at an increased risk of obesity due to pregnancy-related weight gain, which has adverse consequences for both mother and child. This study describes the barriers and facilitators to a healthy lifestyle in the first two years postpartum, from the perspective of women and healthcare providers.

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Promoting healthy lifestyles in the workplace for women of reproductive age

Seonad Madden, CRE HiPP Research Assistant

Workplaces have the capacity to reach large numbers of women during the preconception and pregnancy life phases. This study explores the barriers and enablers to healthy lifestyle behaviours and wellbeing of working women during these periods, and potential workplace interventions.

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Do children of mothers who had metabolic syndrome in pregnancy have shorter telomeres than children of mothers without?

Dr Jessica Grieger, HiPPP EMR-C Early Career Researcher

This study aimed to determine whether metabolic syndrome, a clustering of cardiovascular risk factors, in pregnancy associates with child telomere length, anthropometry, and blood pressure at 10 years of age.

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Creating a National Picture of Preconception Health

Dr Danielle Schoenaker, HiPPP EMR-C Social Media Lead

The health, behaviours and circumstances people live in before becoming pregnant (preconception health) impact the lifelong health of women and men and that of any children they may have. To improve people’s preconception health and reduce inequalities, we need to plan and advocate for programmes and services that meet people’s needs.

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Weight Management Across Preconception, Pregnancy & Postpartum - how informative are clinical practice guidelines?

Dr Cheryce Harrison, CRE HiPP Senior Research Fellow

Women are a vulnerable population for weight gain, with increased barriers to healthy lifestyle behaviours during preconception, pregnancy and postpartum and require specific, high-quality healthcare support for weight management.

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Can a computer-generated health professional provide women with preconception health advice?

Dr Ruth Walker, CRE HiPP Research Fellow

A computer generated health professional or ‘virtual patient advocate’ called ‘Gabby’ improved the preconception lifestyle behaviours of African American women. This study assessed potential of the Gabby system in preconception women living in Australia.

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