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Health Promotion Journal of Australia

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894416/australian-university-smoke-free-policy-implementation-a-staff-and-student-survey
#1
Ashleigh Guillaumier, Billie Bonevski, Christine Paul, John Wiggers, John Germov, Dylan Mitchell, Diane Bunch
Issue addressed: Universities represent important settings for the implementation of public health initiatives such as smoke-free policies. The study aimed to assess staff and student attitudes towards policy enforcement and compliance as well as the acceptability of the provision of cessation support in this setting. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted following the introduction of a designated-areas partial smoke-free policy at two campuses of one Australian university in 2014. Staff (n=533) and students (n=3060) completed separate online surveys assessing attitudes towards smoke-free policy enforcement and compliance, and acceptability of university-provided cessation support...
November 18, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816068/evaluation-of-the-implementation-of-get-healthy-at-work-a-workplace-health-promotion-program-in-new-south-wales-australia
#2
Santosh Khanal, Beverley Lloyd, Chris Rissel, Claire Portors, Anne Grunseit, Devon Indig, Ismail Ibrahim, Sinead McElduff
Issue addressed: Get Healthy at Work (GHaW) is a statewide program to reduce chronic disease risk among NSW workers by helping them make small changes to modifiable lifestyle chronic disease risk factors and create workplace environments that support healthy lifestyles. It has two primary components: a workplace health program (WHP) for businesses and online or face-to-face Brief Health Checks (BHCs) for workers. In this paper, we discuss our evaluation to identify areas for improvement in the implementation of WHP and to assess the uptake of BHCs by workers...
November 7, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816066/sectoral-system-capacity-development-in-health-promotion-evaluation-of-an-aboriginal-nutrition-program
#3
Bill Genat, Jennifer Browne, Sharon Thorpe, Catherine MacDonald
Issue addressed: The study examined effective ways to build the capacity of health organisations and professionals in the public health sector to reduce Aboriginal chronic disease risk factors. It investigated the capacity-building strategies of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) nutrition team in the facilitation of the statewide implementation of the Victorian Aboriginal Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategy 2009-2014 (VANPAS).Methods: Using a qualitative design, the study analysed the VACCHO program from 2009-2014 across five domains of capacity development: workforce, resources, organisations, partnerships and leadership...
November 7, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806827/acceptability-of-alcohol-supply-to-children-associations-with-adults
#4
Conor Gilligan, Bernadette Ward, Rebecca Kippen, Penny Buykx, Kathy Chapman
Issue addressed: The aim of this study was to investigate predictors of adults' perceived acceptability of introducing alcohol to children less than 18 years of age.Methods: An online survey. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine the association between demographic characteristics, alcohol consumption, and social norms and adults' own age of initiation.Results: Alcohol consumption, age of initiation and perception of the acceptability of drunkenness were all correlated with the acceptability of introducing children to alcohol...
November 2, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802410/a-survey-of-cervical-screening-among-refugee-and-non-refugee-african-immigrant-women-in-brisbane-australia
#5
Judith A Anaman, Ignacio Correa-Velez, Julie King
Issue addressed: To compare the level of cervical screening uptake between refugee and non-refugee African immigrant women living in Brisbane, Australia, and examine factors associated with Pap smear testing. Methods: Cross-sectional survey with a convenience sample of 254 women aged 21-62 years from 22 African countries (144 refugees, 110 non-refugees). Chi-square tests were used to compare the demographic and health-related characteristics between refugee and non-refugee women. Bivariate and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to assess the relationship between the outcome variable (Pap smear testing) and the independent variables...
October 31, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795223/impact-of-increasing-social-media-use-on-sitting-time-and-body-mass-index
#6
Stephanie Alley, Pauline Wellens, Stephanie Schoeppe, Hein de Vries, Amanda L Rebar, Camille E Short, Mitch J Duncan, Corneel Vandelanotte
Issue addressed: Sedentary behaviours, in particular sitting, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and poorer mental health status. In Australia, 70% of adults sit for more than 8h per day. The use of social media applications (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) is on the rise; however, no studies have explored the association of social media use with sitting time and body mass index (BMI).Methods: Cross-sectional self-report data on demographics, BMI and sitting time were collected from 1140 participants in the 2013 Queensland Social Survey...
October 28, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784506/designing-evaluation-plans-for-health-promotion-mhealth-interventions-a-case-study-of-the-milk-man-mobile-app
#7
Becky K White, Sharyn K Burns, Roslyn C Giglia, Jane A Scott
Evaluating complex health promotion interventions that use mobile apps requires comprehensive and adaptive evaluation plans. As mobile usage becomes increasingly sophisticated and personalised, broad evaluation plans are important in determining the impact and efficacy of a mobile health (mHealth) app. Evaluation should consider user feedback and outcome measures, as well as examine elements such as the robustness of the technology, the intervention principles and engagement strategies, and the interaction of the user with the technology...
October 26, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770836/the-influence-of-front-of-pack-nutrition-information-on-consumers
#8
Hannah May Brown, Nienke de Vlieger, Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher
Issue addressed: Portion size guidance strategies have been suggested as an important component of weight management; therefore, the Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labels could influence consumers' portion-size decisions. However, this has not been investigated to date. This study aims to evaluate whether presenting energy content information and HSRs influences portion size self-selection of specific foods and meals.Methods: Adults were randomly assigned to one of three experimental groups in this randomised controlled experiment...
October 20, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760676/building-research-and-evaluation-capacity-in-population-health-the-nsw-health-approach
#9
Barry Edwards, Beth Stickney, Andrew Milat, Danielle Campbell, Sarah Thackway
Issue addressed: An organisational culture that values and uses research and evaluation (R&E) evidence to inform policy and practice is fundamental to improving health outcomes. The 2016 NSW Government Program Evaluation Guidelines recommend investment in training and development to improve evaluation capacity. The purpose of this paper is to outline the approaches taken by the NSW Ministry of Health to develop R&E capacity and assess these against existing models of practice.Method: The Ministry of Health's Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (CEE) takes an evidence-based approach to building R&E capacity in population health...
October 19, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745572/beyond-fun-runs-and-fruit-bowls-an-evaluation-of-the-meso-level-processes-that-shaped-the-australian-healthy-workers-initiative
#10
Anne C Grunseit, Samantha Rowbotham, Melanie Pescud, Devon Indig, Sonia Wutzke
Issue addressed: The Australian National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) charged states and territories with the development and implementation of the Healthy Workers Initiative (HWI) to improve workplace health promotion. Most evaluation efforts focus on the setting (micro) level. In the present study the HWI at the meso-level (state program development) was examined to understand how jurisdictions navigated theoretical, practical, and political priorities to develop their programs, and the programmatic choices that support or hinder perceived success...
October 13, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745571/going-up-going-down-the-experience-control-and-management-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-among-southeast-asian-migrant-women-living-in-urban-australia
#11
Sansnee Jirojwong, Suzanne Brownhill, Hannah G Dahlen, Maree Johnson, Virginia Schmied
Issue addressed: In many developed countries the rate of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) for Asian-born women is higher than other groups. Studies suggest that some women have limited knowledge of the disease and poor self-management leading to health problems for themselves and their baby. Few studies report the experience of GDM among Southeast Asian migrant women living in Australia and factors that influence their management of the disease. Methods: A qualitative interpretive design was used to explore Southeast Asian migrant women's experience and management of GDM...
October 13, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745570/position-paper-on-the-need-for-portion-size-education-and-a-standardised-unit-of-measurement
#12
Tamara Bucher, Megan E Rollo, Shamus P Smith, Moira Dean, Hannah Brown, Mingui Sun, Clare Collins
Large portion sizes contribute to weight gain in western societies. Portion-size interventions, aids and education can be effective in helping prevent weight gain, but consumers are unsure what appropriate portions are and express confusion about existing guidelines. A lack of clarity about suggested serving size recommendations is a major barrier to food portion-size control. Therefore, standardised measurement units and unambiguous terminologies are required. This position paper summarises the evidence regarding the impact and importance of portion-size education and estimation, and outlines strategies for improving consumer understanding and application of this through the development of an international food measurement system and a range of appropriate portion control tools...
October 13, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719735/applying-systems-theory-to-the-evaluation-of-a-whole-school-approach-to-violence-prevention
#13
Sarah Kearney, Loksee Leung, Andrew Joyce, Debbie Ollis, Celia Green
Issue addressed: Our Watch led a complex 12-month evaluation of a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships Education (RRE) implemented in 19 schools. RRE is an emerging field aimed at preventing gender-based violence. This paper will illustrate how from an implementation science perspective, the evaluation was a critical element in the change process at both a school and policy level.Methods: Using several conceptual approaches from systems science, the evaluation sought to examine how the multiple systems layers - student, teacher, school, community and government - interacted and influenced each other...
October 6, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719734/reach-engagement-and-effectiveness-a-systematic-review-of-evaluation-methodologies-used-in-health-promotion-via-social-networking-sites
#14
Megan S C Lim, Cassandra J C Wright, Elise R Carrotte, Alisa E Pedrana
Issue addressed: Social networking sites (SNS) are increasingly popular platforms for health promotion. Advancements in SNS health promotion require quality evidence; however, interventions are often not formally evaluated. This study aims to describe evaluation practices used in SNS health promotion.Methods: A systematic review was undertaken of Medline, PsycINFO, Scopus, EMBASE, CINAHL Plus, Communication and Mass Media Complete, and Cochrane Library databases. Articles published between 2006 and 2013 describing any health promotion intervention delivered using SNS were included...
October 6, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719733/does-on-site-chaplaincy-enhance-the-health-and-well-being-of-fly-in-fly-out-fifo-personnel
#15
Angela Ebert, Karin Strehlow
Issue addressed: The fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work style has been linked to mental-health and interpersonal issues and a need for strategies that maintain a healthy workforce. This study investigated whether 24/7 on-site chaplains deliver a service that promotes the health and well being of FIFO personnel.Methods: A phenomenological approach was used to explore the perceptions of FIFO personnel working in different roles and organisational sections on a remote mine site in Western Australia. Multi-pronged strategies recruited 29 participants who represented management, supervisors, workers and support staff...
October 6, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692062/assessing-change-in-perceived-community-leadership-readiness-in-the-obesity-prevention-and-lifestyle-program
#16
Iordan Kostadinov, Mark Daniel, Michelle Jones, Margaret Cargo
Issue addressed: The context of community-based childhood obesity prevention programs can influence the effects of these intervention programs. Leadership readiness for community mobilisation for childhood obesity prevention is one such contextual factor. This study assessed perceived community leadership readiness (PCLR) at two time points in a state-wide, multisite community-based childhood obesity prevention program.Methods: PCLR was assessed across 168 suburbs of 20 intervention communities participating in South Australia's Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) program...
September 28, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651107/validity-of-four-measures-in-assessing-school-canteen-menu-compliance-with-state-based-healthy-canteen-policy
#17
Kathryn Reilly, Nicole Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, John Wiggers, Rachel Sutherland, Rebecca Wyse, Sze Lin Yoong
Issue addressed: In order to assess the impact of healthy school canteen policies on food availability for students, valid methods of measuring compliance are needed that can be applied at scale. The aim of this study is to assess the validity and direct cost of four methods to assess policy compliance: 1) principal and 2) canteen manager self-report via a computer-assisted telephone interview; and 3) comprehensive and 4) quick menu audits by dietitians, compared with observations.Methods: A cross-sectional study took place in the Hunter region of NSW, Australia, in a sample of 38 primary schools that had previously participated in a randomised controlled trial to improve healthy canteen policy compliance...
September 16, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27596689/the-usefulness-of-gps-bicycle-tracking-data-for-evaluating-the-impact-of-infrastructure-change-on-cycling-behaviour
#18
Kristiann C Heesch, Michael Langdon
Issue addressed: A key strategy to increase active travel is the construction of bicycle infrastructure. Tools to evaluate this strategy are limited. This study assessed the usefulness of a smartphone GPS tracking system for evaluating the impact of this strategy on cycling behaviour.Methods: Cycling usage data were collected from Queenslanders who used a GPS tracking app on their smartphone from 2013-2014. 'Heat' and volume maps of the data were reviewed, and GPS bicycle counts were compared with surveillance data and bicycle counts from automatic traffic-monitoring devices...
September 1, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27596817/application-of-ecological-momentary-assessment-in-workplace-health-evaluation
#19
Lina Engelen, Josephine Y Chau, Sarah Burks-Young, Adrian Bauman
Issue addressed: Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) involves repeated sampling of current behaviours and experiences in real-time at random intervals. EMA is an innovative measurement method for program evaluation, using mobile technology (e.g. smartphones) to collect valid contextual health promotion data with good compliance. The present study examined the feasibility of using EMA for measuring workplace health outcomes.Methods: Twenty-two office-based adults were prompted at four random times per work-day during a 5-day period to respond to a short survey via a smartphone application...
August 31, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27545287/the-strong-family-program-an-innovative-model-to-engage-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-youth-and-elders-with-reproductive-and-sexual-health-community-education
#20
P Duley, J R Botfield, T Ritter, J Wicks, A Brassil
Issue addressed: Aboriginal youth in Australia often experience high rates of intimate partner violence (family violence) and poorer reproductive and sexual health than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. To address some of the disparities, the Strong Family Program was developed to deliver reproductive and sexual health education to Aboriginal communities in New South Wales.Methods: Development of the program was based on an extensive consultation process with Aboriginal communities. It was implemented in three communities, with two groups from each hosting Aboriginal youth and Elders in a yarning circle within the culturally respectful frameworks of 'men and boys'' and 'women and girls'' business...
August 18, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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