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

In couples with obesity, can paternal eating behaviours influence maternal gestational weight gain?
Joshua R. Sparks, PhD Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Co-Chair HiPPP ECC North America
3 October 2023
Pregnancy is commonly accepted as a universal teachable moment for health behavior change in women. The same may be true for non-pregnant partners, who may also act to positively support health behavior change. The relationship between couple concordance in BMI with maternal gestational weight gain (GWG) and consideration for paternal eating behaviors has yet to be elucidated.
Barriers and enablers related to preconception physical activity: Insights from women of reproductive age
Pragya Kandel, PhD candidate and HiPPP EMR-C Secretary
1 September 2023
Preconception physical activity has been associated with a range of benefits such as improved cardiovascular fitness, reduced risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus and preeclampsia, and weight management. Despite potential benefits, the majority of women do no significantly improve physical activity behaviours before pregnancy. We investigated barriers and enablers to preconception physical activity in women of reproductive age.
Preventing gestational diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of participant characteristics to inform precision medicine
Dr Siew Lim, Senior Research Fellow and HiPPP EMR-C Generating Impact Stream Co-Lead
2 August 2023
Precision prevention of diseases like gestational diabetes (GDM) involves using information relating to a person’s unique biological, social and environmental context to determine their responses to preventive interventions. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the participant characteristics associated with GDM prevention to address the question: Does prevention of GDM work similarly for everyone?
Mapping preconception health indicators across state-based perinatal data sources
Dr Asvini Subasinghe, CRE HiPP Research Fellow
1 June 2023
Optimising our nation's preconception health requires ongoing monitoring of important indicators of pregnancy and child health. This study highlights a lack of important preconception health data being collected from perinatal databases, and co-develops a list of core indicators for preconception health.
Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) with women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds: Optimising equity, access and engagement in antenatal care for healthy lifestyles
Rebecca Madill, Early Career Researcher
3 May 2023
Women from CALD populations are at risk of adverse complications during pregnancy. The antenatal health system may not be responsive to their needs, thus creating barriers such as lack of receptivity, acceptability and trust of health information and care provision. In order to better inform support pathways for CALD women during pregnancy, understanding experiences of antenatal care from a CCI perspective is vital.
Levels of physical activity and sitting time in women with infants, toddlers and preschoolers
Dr Maureen Makama, CRE HiPP Early Career Researcher and HiPPP EMR-C Generating Impact Stream Co-Lead
15 March 2023
Women with infants, toddlers and preschoolers differ in their levels of physical activity and sitting time, and a decline in physical activity often starts during pregnancy. Physical activity is beneficial for the prevention of obesity, cardiometabolic health conditions and postpartum depression, and prolonged sitting time contributes to increased risk of chronic diseases and mortality. Understanding how activity levels differ in women with young children can help to inform the tailoring of interventions to support them.
Effects of preconception care and periconception interventions on maternal nutritional status and birth outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs): A systematic review
Associate Professor Zohra Lassi, HiPPP EMR-C Conference Co-Chair
16 February 2023
The preconception period is an ideal time for interventions aimed at (a) preventing teenage pregnancies and (b) increasing micronutrient supplementation prior to conception to improve health outcomes in teenage/early pregnancies. Investing in preconception care is vital in order to improve maternal, birth, and neonatal health outcomes. This study looks at the effectiveness of several types of preconception interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as periconception care to optimise intervals between pregnancies.