CO-OPS Collaboration

Key aims of this research were to implement and evaluate processes and impacts of a national multi-strategy knowledge translation and exchange platform, and to understand the reach, quality and effectiveness of CO-OPS Collaboration in ensuring best practice in obesity prevention to help prevent chronic disease.


The Collaboration of Community-based Obesity Prevention Sites (CO‐OPS) is an initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. CO-OPS is a national knowledge translation and exchange platform which aims to support community-based obesity prevention initiatives in Australia by providing advice, promoting best practice, disseminating and translating knowledge and by offering networking opportunities.

This knowledge translation platform creates the links between academic, policy and practice professionals to ensure best practice and ongoing cooperation in the promotion of healthy eating, regular physical activity and healthy weight as key factors to help prevent chronic disease.

As part of CO-OPS, our role is to support the platform’s KT implementation and delivery methods. We are also evaluating the process and impact of CO-OPS as a knowledge translation platform for supporting best practice.

Research Team

Dr Rebecca Armstrong, Academic, Melbourne School of Population and Global
Dr Tahna Pettman, Academic, Melbourne School of Population and Global

CO-OPs Executive

Professor Boyd Swinburn Deakin University
Associate Professor Tim Gill University of Sydney
Professor Steven Allender Deakin University
Professor Elizabeth Waters University of Melbourne
Professor John Coveney Flinders University
Dr Penny Love Deakin University

CO-OPs Working Group

Dr Penny Love, Acting Director, Research Fellow Deakin University
Dr Tahna Pettman, Evidence & Evaluation Fellow University of Melbourne
Dr Rebecca Armstrong, Evidence & Evaluation Fellow University of Melbourne
Dr Sue Booth, Needs Assessment Fellow Flinders University
Dr Sinead Boylan, Needs Assessment Fellow University of Sydney
Jill Whelan, Acting Knowledge Broker Research Fellow
Anne Romanus, Communications & Marketing Manager Deakin University
Emma Smitten, Administration Deakin University
Carolyn Stones, Administration Deakin University