Effectiveness of Australia's Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®: translational research with population wide impact

Prev Med. 2012 Oct;55(4):292-298. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.022. Epub 2012 Aug 4.


Objective: With increasing rates of non-communicable disease, there is a need for implementing population-wide, evidence-based interventions for improving behavioural risk factors. Telephone-based interventions provide one option. This study reports on the evaluation of the Australia's Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®, to improve lifestyle behaviours, amongst a population-wide sample who completed the 6-month coaching programme.

Methods: Using a pre-post design, New South Wales participants who completed telephone-based coaching between February 2009 and December 2011 were included. Outcomes comprised self-reported weight, waist circumference, height, physical activity and dietary behaviours. Matched pair analyses and multivariate modelling were performed to assess behavioural changes.

Results: Participants (n=1440) reported statistically significant improvements in weight (-3.9 kg (5.1)); waist circumference (-5.0 cm (6.0)); and Body Mass Index (-1.4 BMI units (1.8)); number of walking and moderate-vigorous physical activity sessions of ≥30 min per week; number of vigorous physical activity sessions of ≥20 min per week and servings of vegetables; fruit; take-away meals and sweetened drinks (all p<0.001). Improvements in weight, waist, moderate physical activity, fruit and vegetable and take-away meals consumption remained significant after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics.

Conclusions: These results support the effectiveness of replicating an evidence-based intervention in improving population risk factors for chronic disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Promotion / standards
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Mentors*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*