26 May, 2017

Online Survey for the DRAFT Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

As yet we haven’t made much headway with the CMO/EY Physical Activity guidelines.

We didn’t get the leverage we expected within the revised EYFSC – and we don’t expect any guidance from government departments any time soon.

Which makes this Australian initiative very welcome indeed. Please have a look – and complete their survey.

I think this innovative, holistic approach is definitely worth considering – more parent-friendly and not ‘nanny-state’ in any way. The team at Wollongong are to be congratulated.

As an early childhood education and care provider, health professional, educator, parent or researcher whose work is in some way connected with physical activity, sedentary time and/or sleep, you are being invited to participate in a survey soliciting your opinion on a draft of the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep (herein referred to as the 24-Hour Guidelines).

With support from the Commonwealth Department of Health, a group of Australian and International research and practice experts in physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, and health promotion met to develop the 24-Hour Guidelines. After reviewing and consolidating the existing bodies of evidence in physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep, the experts have produced an initial version of the 24-Hour Guidelines.

One of the final stages in the development of the 24-Hour Guidelines is to gain feedback via a survey about the clarity of the guidelines, as well as level of agreement, perceived importance, applicability, feasibility, resource implications, and equity.

Acceptance and dissemination of the 24-Hour Guidelines is important for the alignment of strategic efforts in policy, practice, and research aimed at promoting health for Australian infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. By accessing and completing this survey you are giving your implied/passive consent to participate in the survey. Your responses will not be linked to your name or email address and responses will be presented in group format only.

If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact Professor Anthony Okely (tokely@uow.edu.au). If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the way the research is or has been conducted, you can contact the Ethics Unit, Research Services Office University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia Telephone (02) 4221 3386 Facsimile (02) 4221 4338 Email: rso-ethics@uow.edu.au Web: www.uow.edu.au. The Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Wollongong have reviewed and approved this research.

Note: The “Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years” are in draft form and are not intended for general circulation.

Thanks for your time!

We encourage you to circulate the survey link to your colleagues and among your networks. This stakeholder survey will be open until midnight AEST on June 2, 2017.