Abstract for: Models of public health archetypes to embed systems thinking in teaching curricula

In Australia there is growing use of systems methods and tools by policy makers in the Australian health and social wellbeing sectors. However, widespread use of these tools in applied health policy settings falls well short of the application of these methods and understanding of their effectiveness in other sectors. Public health students and practitioners have few opportunities to learn the features of system dynamics modelling and its application to health policy. Building on recent experiences of chronic disease modelling for health policy makers, this applied population health policy online learning tool and model interface has been developed and is currently being tested. When complete it will be made publicly available to facilitate learning of applied systems thinking concepts among population health policy stakeholders, researchers, and public health students to address complex population health challenges.