CAS has identified three priority issues that it will work to highlight in the immediate term:
Issue 1: Retaining the membership of women in sport – analysing the barriers and challenges
- Understanding the reasons that women drop out of regular sport and sporting connections during adult lifestages
- Contributing to the evidence base and working with likeminded organisations seeking progress.
- Data collected through surveys of participating and non-participating women
- Analysing these barriers to participation
- Identifying ways to encourage women to re-connect with sport
- CAS believes that the school system and school age years are the optimal time for all Australians to establish a lifelong habit and commitment to regular physical activity and sport
- Commentary on what is proposed for Sport within schools given the release of the Health and Physical Education curriculum within the proposed National Education Curriculum
- Highlighting the essential personal and societal benefits of effective physical education and sport programs conducted at school
- Highlighting the negative impacts and lost opportunity of not working towards this goal
- CAS research ‘Maximising the Potential of Australian Sport’ (2014) highlights the significant health, economic and social contribution that sport makes to the Australian community.
- The research incorporates the broader benefits that sport and physical activity makes to individuals from a preventative health perspective and in contributing to positive attitudes and mental wellbeing.
- Australian Sport contributes over $23 billion to the Australian economy and represents a 17:1 return on Government investment.
- Australian Sport is uniquely placed to reduce the unsustainably high levels of obesity and overweight and current provides over 50% of all Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity undertaken by the population.
- Partner research with Deakin Health Economics shows that if Physical Inactivity was reduced by 15% over 5 years there would be a $434m saving in health costs, 3,000 prevented deaths, 10,000 new cases of disease avoided and 3.3m Australian achieving the Government’s Physical Activity Guidelines.
- The research reports form the basis for CAS Advocacy and are available here.