EPOCH deconstructing interventions writing retreat, Adelaide

In September, several members of the CRE (Anna Lene Seidler, Rebecca Golley, Brittany Johnson, Chelsea Mauch and Kylie Hunter) met in Adelaide for 2 days with the ambitious aim of drafting an entire manuscript for their collaborative study: Understanding, comparing and learning from very early childhood obesity interventions: A mixed methods study.


This study aimed to deconstruct early obesity prevention interventions into their components (target behaviours, delivery features and behaviour change techniques), and identify lessons and recommendations for intervention planning, delivery, evaluation and implementation. Mixed methods were used, employing novel frameworks and taxonomies, as well as semi-structured interviews with intervention facilitators and principal investigators of the four original EPOCH trials.


The retreat proved to be a huge success. Sections of the manuscript were divided up for writing, and then swapped with other members for review. Time was also allocated for discussion and questions. Breaks included walks around the amazing new Flinders Tonsley campus, a ride in a driverless vehicle, runs along the beautiful Seacliff beachfront and a delicious Italian dinner in the city. The end result: a full draft manuscript! This is currently being reviewed by other project team members (Mahalakshmi Ekambareshwar, Sarah Taki, Seema Mihrshahi, Lisa Askie) and will then be shared with intervention facilitators and principal investigators who were interviewed. The retreat ended with a brainstorming session for future EPOCH projects.


Thank you to our Adelaide team members for being such amazing hosts!