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Independent mobility, active travel and children’s health


The iMATCH project investigates the role of policy interventions in influencing children’s independent mobility, active travel and health. The project uses an inter-disciplinary approach to survey children in a series of matched neighbourhoods, based around primary schools, where policy interventions exist and where they do not. The research uses an audit of the environmental features of neighbourhoods and policy interventions used, surveys of children and their parents exploring their travel and outdoor play and their attitudes and perceptions towards travel, as well as objective measurement of children’s
activities using a combined accellerometry and GPS approach.

Research Team: at Curtin – Carey Curtis; Chris Armit; Courtney Babb, Oscar Thomson in collaboration with: Dr. Matthew Burke at Griffith University; Dr. Mitch Duncan at Central Queensland University; Assoc. Prof. Carolyn Whitzman at University of Melbourne; Dr. Paul Tranter at University of New South Wales (ADFA at Canberra) and industry partners Merri Community Health Services Limited; Queensland Health; Queensland Transport.


Publications & Presentations

Stephanie Schoeppe, Mitch J Duncan, Hannah M Badland, Melody Oliver, Matthew Browne (2014) Associations between children’s independent mobility and physical activity, BMC Public Health 14:91

Schoeppe S, Oliver M, Badland HM, Burke M. Duncan, MJ. (2013) Recruitment and Retention of Children in Behavioural Health Risk Factor Studies: REACH Strategies, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine Oct; DOI 10.1007/s12529-013-9347-5

August 2013 – Stepping out with citizen kid workshop, Melbourne – CATCH/iMATCH – is there a link between independent mobility and active citizenship?

August 2013 – Rethinking children, citizenship and cities, Melbourne – ‘Citizen kid planning group’ case study.

Babb C and Curtis C (2013) Access, Health and Independence: Children’s Quality of Life and Walkability. State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, November 2013.

Burke M, Curtis C, Whitzman C, Tranter P, Armit C (2013) Mitch Duncan Are master-planned New Urbanist suburbs a ‘solution’ for sustainable travel to schools? Comparing children’s travel in select Australian primary schools. State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, November 2013.

Babb C and Curtis C (2013) Evaluating the Built Environment for Active Travel to School Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013 Proceedings, 2 – 4 October 2013, Brisbane, Australia

Schoeppe S, Duncan M J, Badland H, Oliver M, Curtis C (2012) Associations of Children’s Independent Mobility and Active Travel with Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Weight Status: A Systematic Review. Journal for Science and Medicine in Sport.

Whitzman C, Romero V, Duncan M, Curtis C, Tranter P, Burke M (2010) Links between children’s independent mobility, active transport, physical activity, and obesity, in Preventing Childhood Obesity: evidence, policy, and practice’ eds. Waters E, Swinburn B, Uauy R, Seidell J, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN 978-1-4051-5889-3 [4]