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Health Promotion Journal of Australia

Sue Noy, Rebecca Patrick, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Sonia Nuttman, Isabella Ryan
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Public health concerns about insufficient consumption of vegetables across all demographics in Australia has led to twenty years of behaviour change interventions ranging from social marketing to interactive small group programs, with modest results. To maximise health promotion intervention outcomes, practitioners need up-to-date information that helps them navigate the complexity of food systems and eating behaviours. METHODS: This scoping review of Australian and international research, including peer reviewed and grey literature, provides a picture of health promotion nutrition interventions, as well as other initiatives that may promote increased vegetable consumption...
September 20, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
K M Chitty, J A P Chow Chuen, E Howse, A M Thow
ISSUE ADDRESSED: This study aimed to develop a working checklist for university alcohol policies and apply this checklist to current policies in universities in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: We developed a working checklist of possible university alcohol policy approaches, drawn from the World Health Organisation's alcohol policy recommendations, university alcohol policy research from the United States and norms and expectations currently incorporated in Australian university alcohol policies...
September 17, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Penelope Abbott, Ron Brooker, Jennifer Reath
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Housing renewal is a common urban housing and development strategy internationally. An intended result is increased social inclusion and wellbeing of residents through public housing de-concentration. In this study we examined challenges encountered during the process of housing renewal from the perspectives of community-based staff and volunteers. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with housing and community workers, service managers and community volunteers who were working with residents experiencing housing renewal in an outer metropolitan estate in New South Wales...
September 16, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Alyson J Crozier, Kevin S Spink, Guy Faulkner
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Public service announcements (PSA) targeting physical activity are not always effective at enacting behaviour change. One factor that may impact message effectiveness is whether the message matches its intent (i.e., what norm is being portrayed and received). The current study explored the effects of two PSAs on parents' perceptions of outdoor play. METHODS: Parents (N = 333) completed a pre-post experimental online survey to examine the acute impact of a PSA on their perception of how often children play outdoors (i...
September 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Lily Lewington, Bernadette Sebar, Jessica Lee
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Men's health and lifestyle magazines are a popular medium through which hegemonic ideals of masculinity are displayed, influencing the way men behave and think about health.1, 2 METHODS: This study conducted a critical discourse analysis of Australia's most popular men's health and lifestyle magazine, Men's Health, in order to understand how health is presented to men. Six issues were examined, from April 2016 to September 2016. RESULTS: Three themes supporting hegemonic masculine discourses were revealed: a forged physique; (hetero)sexual prowess; and career dominance...
September 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Michelle I Jongenelis, Emily Brennan, Terry Slevin, Caitlin Kameron, Daniel Rudaizky, Simone Pettigrew
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) continue to grow in popularity, particularly among young adults. Understanding by whom various ENDS are being used and why within this population segment can assist the development of appropriate interventions targeting those most vulnerable to use and inform policy decisions in this area. Accordingly, this study assessed the demographic characteristics associated with ENDS use among Australian young adults, and reasons for current e-cigarette use...
September 6, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Seema Mihrshahi, Rimma Myton, Stephanie R Partridge, Emma Esdaile, Louise L Hardy, Joanne Gale
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Intakes of fruit and vegetables in children are inadequate. Our purpose was to examine national data on the proportion of Australian children meeting the fruit and vegetable recommendations in 2011-12 and 2014-2015, assessing changes over time and differences by age, sex and socio-economic status (SES). METHODS: Secondary analysis of 2011-2012 and 2014-2015 Australian National Health Surveys of Australian children aged 2-18 years. Percentages of children meeting fruit and vegetable recommendations by survey year, age group, sex and SES tertile were calculated using population weights supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)...
September 2, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jenny L Olson, Sonja March, Charlotte Brownlow, Stuart J H Biddle, Michael Ireland
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Australians living in peri-urban areas are insufficiently active, sedentary and experience poorer health than people in major cities. There are health benefits attributable to active lifestyles that could contribute to the improved health and well-being of this population. To support the adoption of active lifestyles, it is important to understand the unique context in which behaviour occurs. METHODS: The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of the social and physical peri-urban environment that may impact active lifestyles...
August 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Tamara D Street, Sarah J Lacey
BACKGROUND: "Workplace health promotion and protection" broadly refers to an integrated approach to workplace health and safety initiatives. There are substantial benefits to adopting such an approach, including the potential for: improvements to individual employees' health and well-being; increased productivity; and reduced safety risks and expenses. Yet many employers remain reluctant to shift from traditional safety initiatives and spending. This paper aims to demonstrate the value of investing in an integrated health promotion and protection approach by calculating the productivity costs associated with 11 modifiable health risks and 14 chronic conditions in an Australian mining company...
August 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Andrew Joyce, Debbie Ollis, Sarah Kearney, Loksee Leung, Emily Foenander
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Implementation fidelity relates to the degree of adherence to implementation protocols and content and helps to guide replication of evidence-based programs. In settings-based research, notions of fidelity have been applied more often to delivery of education content rather than whole of setting change. The aims of this paper were firstly, to analyse how contextual factors influenced implementation of a whole school program on respectful relationships education, and secondly given the findings, discuss whether a more flexible approach to implementation fidelity may have yielded increased school engagement...
August 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Aimee L Brownbill, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Caroline Miller
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The Health Star Rating (HSR) System provides a useful tool to communicate health and nutrition messages to consumers. Given the large contribution from sugar-containing beverages to sugar intake in the Australian diet and the adverse health outcomes associated with frequent consumption, it is important to investigate how the HSR System is displayed on beverages. Our research measured and compared the presence of the HSR System on the labels of sugar-containing and sugar-free beverages in Australia...
August 29, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jennifer Browne, Catherine MacDonald, Mikaela Egan, Robyn Delbridge, Alison McAleese, Belinda Morley, Petah Atkinson
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The reach and impact of the LiveLighter and Aboriginal sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) advertisements among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. METHODS: The Aboriginal SSB advertisement launched online in January 2015 and aired on NITV in October/November 2015 as part of the Government-funded LiveLighter campaign. The advertisement was developed in Victoria and featured members of the Victorian Aboriginal community. Another LiveLighter advertisement targeting the general population was broadcast over the same period...
August 25, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Amy Elizabeth Peden, Richard Charles Franklin, Peter Adrian Leggat
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Rivers are a leading location for fatal drowning worldwide; often geographically isolated from timely medical assistance. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) benefits drowning victims and those who suffer cardiac arrests. This study explored CPR and first aid training of river users in Australia. METHODS: Adult river users (18+ years) were surveyed at four high-risk river drowning sites. Respondents were asked the last time they undertook CPR (responses converted into: 'CPR ever undertaken' -yes/no; and 'CPR training current' -yes/no (training undertaken ≤12 months ago)...
August 22, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Elizabeth Vella, Shane McIver
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Identifying ways to manage the psychological and emotional costs of workplace stress is essential. Mindfulness meditation is reported to support mental well-being; however, findings are limited in Australian business settings. Accordingly, this study explored the efficacy of a mindfulness meditation program tailored for an Australian public-sector workplace. METHODS: A mixed-methods, single-group, pre-/post-test design was used to evaluate a proof-of-concept mindfulness intervention...
August 18, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Sharon Elizabeth Swaney, Sharyn Burns
ISSUES ADDRESSED: The increasing prevalence among higher-socioeconomic (higher-SES) parents in Perth, Western Australia (WA), to be vaccine-hesitant (VH) is placing herd immunity at risk. METHODS: Eighteen one-on-one interviews were conducted; (n = 11) parents who earned >$125 000 pa and expressed ever having concerns surrounding vaccination; (n = 7) health care professionals (HCPs), who provided clinical services. Using grounded theory methodology, data were analysed by constant coding and comparison until themes emerged and an explanatory model was developed...
August 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Katherine M White, Xiang Zhao, Louise C Starfelt Sutton, Natalie G Robinson, Kyra Hamilton
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The prevalence of skin cancer remains at a high level in Australia. Young female Australian beachgoers are an at-risk population of skin cancer. Research on sun-protective beliefs held by this at-risk group is limited. METHODS: Based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB), we conducted a formative study to understand key sun safe messages among young female beachgoers in Queensland, including an elicitation study (Phase 1; N = 21, Mage  = 24...
August 4, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Nienke de Vlieger, Nicholas Riley, Andrew Miller, Clare E Collins, Tamara Bucher
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The dietary intakes of Australian children are not optimal, with few meeting recommended vegetable and fruit intake targets. Nutrition education in childhood is important for developing healthy eating patterns, with schools an ideal setting for a wide reach. The aims of this study were to examine nutrition education within the NSW primary school syllabus, explore how much time teachers spend teaching nutrition, what is taught, what materials are used, and to identify attitudes towards nutrition education...
July 27, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Mia Bierbaum, Reidar P Lystad, Kate Curtis, Rebecca Mitchell
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Child head injuries can cause life-long disability and are a major cause of mortality globally. The incidence and impact of child head injuries in Australia is unknown. This study aimed to quantify the incidence, characteristics and treatment cost and to identify factors associated with the severity of hospitalisations of head injuries in Australian children. METHODS: Linked hospitalisation and mortality data were used to retrospectively examine hospitalisation trends for head injury in children aged ≤16 years and associated factors, in Australia, from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2012...
July 20, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Lucy C Farrell, Vivienne M Moore, Megan J Warin, Jackie M Street
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Australian policymakers have acknowledged that implementing obesity prevention regulations is likely to be facilitated or hindered by public opinion. Accordingly, we investigated public views about possible regulations. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of 2732 persons, designed to be representative of South Australians aged 15 years and over. Questions examined views about four obesity prevention regulations (mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling for packaged foods; zoning restrictions to prohibit fast food outlets near schools; taxes on unhealthy high fat foods; and taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages)...
July 12, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Georgina Johnstone, Sharon L Grant
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Antiobesity campaigns may inadvertently stigmatise individuals with obesity via the use of images that portray negative obesity stereotypes. This study investigated the impact of images on weight stigma using mock antiobesity campaigns featuring different types of images. METHODS: Participants (N = 240) were randomly assigned to one of four campaign conditions: stereotypical images, counter-stereotypical images, neutral images, or no images. All four conditions used the same nonstigmatising message text...
June 28, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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