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Behavioural insights and healthier lives

Dr David Halpern, CEO of the UK-based Behavioural Insights Team, summarises his stint as VicHealth’s inaugural Leading Thinker. Throughout his residency, David’s influence has introduced behavioural insights to VicHealth and partners as an approach to address the health and wellbeing issues facing Victoria.


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In 2014 VicHealth developed the Leading Thinkers initiative to connect international thought leaders with senior policymakers and key local experts, with the aim of generating and provoking new thinking, inspiring momentum, enabling change, supporting relationships across sectors and delivering positive results for all Victorians.

As he approaches the end of his residency as VicHealth’s inaugural Leading Thinker, Dr David Halpern has provided a summary of his assistance to VicHealth in building knowledge and capability in behavioural insights and its application to health promotion, with a specific focus on trials targeting health behaviour change.

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April 28, 2016