Funding

The NSW Department of Health has provided funding for some activities of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN). The ACAORN Executive is looking at a range of strategies to ensure ongoing funding for ACAORN activities.

Several ACAORN members (LA Baur, M Wake, KS Steinbeck) were awarded a grant, for the period 2007-2009, from the Foundation for Children for a project entitled “Clinical and community studies of child and adolescent obesity research: a coordinated approach”. This project aims to provide further infrastructural and web-site support for the Childhood Obesity Pooling Project, a database of measurement tools, and a network of tertiary obesity clinics.

The State of Queensland, through the Queensland Department of Health, has generously agreed to provide ACAORN with beneficial funding for three years from 2010 to 2012.
Funding of $30,000 per annum will assist with maintenance of the ACAORN website, employment of a part-time project officer, and continuation of collaborative work between ACAORN members to raise the profile of child and adolescent obesity research, both nationally and internationally.
Queensland Health has agreed to an additional boost in funding to ACAORN for the period 2013-2014.