2022 Targeted Research Round

Congratulations to the 2022 Targeted Research Round recipients!

This round called for applications that investigate the impact of harmful industry marketing on children and young people.

Funded projects were required to develop evidence to inform effective health promotion messaging for children and young people. It is envisioned that the research outcomes will strengthen current health campaigns, develop contemporary health communication strategies in WA, and support the design of new and innovative strategies to address emerging and rapidly evolving areas in public health such as vaping.

Healthway’s Targeted Research Round is only offered once per year, and focuses on a particular health promotion issue, setting or target group determined by the Healthway Board. The 2023 Targeted Research Round will open in October.

Read the media statement here.


Chief investigator

Project title

Project description


Curtin University

Associate Professor Penelope Hasking

Messaging to promote mental health among young Aboriginal men

This project aims to support young Aboriginal men by co-designing culturally appropriate mental health promotion messaging and materials. The messaging will aim to: foster wellbeing and reduce psychological distress among young Aboriginal men; and prevent and reduce the adverse impacts of poor mental health, including suicide.


Cancer Council WA

Dr Natalia Lizama

Acceptability of vaping cessation messages among young people

This project aims to explore the acceptability of vaping cessation messages and preferred mode of accessing cessation support among young people aged 14-24 years in WA, with a focus on those who are experiencing nicotine dependence and vaping addiction.


The University of Western Australia/Telethon Kids Institute

Dr Gina Trapp

Refining key communication frames to ban energy drink sales to children

This project aims to explore effective communication and persuasion strategies to encourage public support for the widespread adoption ban on energy drink sales to children.


University of Western Australia/Telethon Kids Institute

Dr Robyn Johnston

SunSmart messaging for WA young people

This project aims to identify effective strategies and contemporary messaging to promote sun protective behaviours in young people. Changes in the media landscape over recent years have transformed how and when adolescents and young people receive and process health information. This research will help to inform existing SunSmart initiatives, and ensure they are current and engaging to young people.








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