Research work conducted by the Fiji Institute of Pacific Health Research under the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health in collaboration with several key organisations, received a significant financial boost of approximately FJD1.4 million from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for a 5-year implementation research project to strengthen policies to tackle diabetes and hypertension

The Associate Dean Research, Dr Donald Wilson said the George Institute for Global Health will work with colleagues from these stakeholders as well as food policy experts from Deakin University and the University of Sydney to examine the best fiscal and regulatory policies to reduce sugar and salt consumption.

The Head of the Pacific Research Center for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases, Dr Gade Waqa, is one of the Chief Investigators on the project, to lead this study to strengthen and monitor food policy in Fiji and Samoa

Meanwhile Associate Professor Jacqui Webster the Chief Investigator on the grant said that the Pacific urgently need proven interventions that are tailored to the local population, and that can be implemented at a national level.

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