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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 2,732 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
Cody C Frear, Bronwyn Griffin, Kerianne Watt, Roy Kimble
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The recommended first-aid for burns, consisting of 20 minutes of cool running water (CRW) delivered within three hours of injury, offers a simple yet effective means of improving health outcomes. The aim of this study is to determine patient and injury characteristics associated with inadequate CRW therapy among children with thermal burns, with the goal of identifying populations at greatest risk of undertreatment. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed on children treated at a large tertiary paediatric burns centre...
July 4, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Georgina Johnstone, Sharon L Grant
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Anti-obesity 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 anti-obesity 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 non-stigmatising message text...
June 28, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Melanie J Sharman, Meredith Nash, Verity Cleland
ISSUE ADDRESSED: parkrun is a free, weekly, timed, international mass community 5km walk/run event. Unlike other paid events, parkrun attracts populations harder to engage in physical activity (PA) (e.g. women, those with overweight/obesity or illness/injury/disability). This exploratory qualitative study investigated the individual, social and environmental factors associated with parkrun's broad appeal in Australia. METHODS: Parkrunners [in a rural state] who completed a quantitative survey (2016) were purposively recruited for a 2017 interview study...
June 25, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jacob J Keech, Stephanie R Smith, Amy E Peden, Martin S Hagger, Kyra Hamilton
BACKGROUND: Drowning is a major public health issue, with risk increasing during times of flood. Driving though floodwater is a major risk factor for flood-related drowning and injury, and despite widespread public health campaigns, many people continue to undertake this risky behaviour and require rescue. PURPOSE: We aimed to identify key challenges faced by emergency services personnel when rescuing those who have driven into floodwater, and to identify strategies for supporting rescuers in this important role...
June 11, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Michelle Lambert, Paola Chivers, Fiona Farringdon
ISSUE ADDRESSED: University students generally make independent decisions regarding food choices. Current research about knowledge of Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADG), sources of nutrition information and influences on food choices for this group is scarce. METHODS: Qualitative data was collected from gender separated focus groups comprising four female (n=31) and four male (n=18) to identify: knowledge of ADG, sources of nutrition information; factors that influence food choices; perceived relevant nutrition messages and how best to deliver them...
June 11, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Gillian S Gould, Leah Stevenson, Michelle Bovill, Dora Oliva, Jennifer Keen, Lyn Dimer, Maree Gruppetta
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Tobacco is a major risk factor contributing to Indigenous health disparities. Art may be a powerful and transformative tool to enable health providers to develop targeted messages for tobacco control. METHODS: Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff, working in Indigenous tobacco control, attended a two-hour workshop, and were led through a process to create individual artworks. Participants completed surveys before and after the workshop. Scales compared understandings of how art can be used in tobacco control, and the likelihood of utilising arts in future programs...
June 2, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Adrian Bauman
The fact that prevention is important and cost-saving to the health sector is discussed throughout this issue. This particular commentary focuses on the "most neglected among non-communicable disease risk factors", namely physical inactivity. It has been described as the "Cinderella of risk factors", interpreted as poverty of position and resource in relative to its importance(1). Despite contributing almost as much as tobacco to attributable global deaths, and more than obesity(2), physical activity is seldom included as a stand-alone issue by public health policymakers...
May 24, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Patricia Taylor, Rowena Saheb, Eloise Howse
ISSUE: Higher education is an important and influential setting for embedding health promotion principles and practice. Universities have a responsibility to their communities and more broadly as leaders in society. PROJECT: Settings-based health promotion is an effective method for increasing healthy environments and an organisational culture that supports health. "Healthy Universities" and the Okanagan Charter aim to embed health within the university structure through committed policies and programs...
May 13, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Kathleen Clapham, Keziah Bennett-Brook, Kate Hunter
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Aboriginal Australian children experience higher rates of injury than other Australian children. However, few culturally acceptable programmes have been developed or evaluated. The Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service (IAMS) developed the Safe Homes Safe Kids programme as an injury prevention programme targeting disadvantaged Aboriginal families with children aged 0-5 in an urban region of New South Wales. Delivered by Aboriginal Family Workers (AFWs), the programme aims to reduce childhood injury by raising awareness of safety in the home...
May 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jane Martin
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May 8, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jennifer Marks, Lisa M Barnett, Steven Allender
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Schools are a target for childhood obesity prevention strategies, yet intervention effectiveness may be hindered by school community perceptions (staff and students) and readiness to address the problem. We firstly describe students' perception of their own weight status. Secondly, we describe school staff perceptions and preparedness to address childhood obesity in their school. METHODS: Measured and self-report weight status were collected simultaneously from 11- to 14-year-old students (N = 339/733; RR 46%) recruited from 42 schools in Victoria, Australia...
May 5, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Lyndon Bauer, Jeff Smith, Nicole Kajons, Doug Tutt
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Australian surveys indicate that a large proportion of packaged liquor outlets do not check identification for young people before selling alcohol to them. There are a substantial number of presentations to Emergency Departments from young people aged 15 to 17 years. This subgroup is second only to those aged 18 to 24 years. In the 15- to 17-year-old age group, supply from direct purchase or underage friends, who have purchased alcohol, represents substantial sources of alcohol that is more likely to be consumed without parental supervision...
April 24, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Corie Gray, Gemma Crawford, Alison Reid, Roanna Lobo
BACKGROUND: HIV notifications among people born in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia have increased in Australia in the last decade. People born in these regions have the highest rates of HIV diagnosis by region of birth and are overrepresented in late or advanced presentation of HIV infection. METHODS: This study developed and tested a questionnaire for reliability through test-retest. A cross-sectional survey using intercept and online recruitment of HIV knowledge and use of health services was then undertaken among people born in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia, who had arrived in Australia less than 10 years ago and were living in Western Australia (n = 209)...
April 23, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Gina M Stuart, Helen L Kale
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Fall injuries among people aged 65 years and over (older people) cause substantial health decline and cost to the health system. In 2009 in New South Wales, 25.6% of older people fell in the previous year, and 10.7% (32 000) were hospitalised. Pharmacists are trusted professionals, who interact extensively with older people and have potential to augment fall prevention in pharmacies. This brief report describes how professional development improved pharmacist's knowledge and confidence in fall prevention, encouraged implementation of fall prevention plans and facilitated the provision of brief fall prevention interventions for older clients, after identification of fall risk...
April 19, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Heidi M Olsen, Wendy J Brown, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Nicola W Burton
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Many Australian employees now regularly work from home in some capacity. This new way of working has not been widely studied in relation to the potential implications for employees' health-related behaviour or workplace health promotion. The aim of this study was to explore office-based employees' perceptions of the impact of flexible work on physical activity and sedentary behaviour; and preferences for associated interventions. METHODS: Three focus groups were conducted with office-based employees (n = 28) 6 months after the introduction of a flexible work policy...
April 18, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Alan Shiell, Hannah Jackson
ISSUE ADDRESSED: How much Australia spends on prevention, how this compares with other OECD countries and how do we know if Australia spends enough. METHODS: Document review and integrative literature review. RESULTS: Australia spends $89 per person on prevention or 1.34% of all health spending and 0.13% of gross domestic product (GDP). In comparison with other OECD countries, Australia is distinctly "mid-table," 16th (of 31 countries) in terms of per capita spending, 19th in terms of share of GDP and 20th in terms of share of health spending...
April 18, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Tony Lower, John Temperley
ISSUES ADDRESSED: Agriculture is recognised as a highly dangerous sector worldwide; hence, the use of evidence-based solutions to address injury-related incidents is critical to prevention. The main of this article was to determine the potential for prevention by use of existing controls based on deaths data from 2001 to 2016. METHODS: This study assesses data from the National Coroner's Information System for the period 2001-2016 in regard to unintentional farm injury deaths in Australia (n = 1271)...
April 18, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Cathy M Harbury, Robin Callister, Clare E Collins
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Individuals who are knowledgeable about nutrition are more likely to eat healthily. Yet, few studies have investigated levels of nutrition knowledge using a validated tool. The present study measured nutrition knowledge using the Re-examined General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire (R-GNKQ) to confirm influencing demographic characteristics. METHODS: Adults aged 18-60 years were recruited. Nutrition knowledge was assessed using the R-GNKQ, examining four domains (dietary guidelines, sources of nutrients, choosing everyday foods, and diet-disease relationships) with 96 questions...
April 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jayden R Hunter, Brett A Gordon, Noel Lythgo, Stephen R Bird, Amanda C Benson
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Physical activity and exercise participation is limited by a perceived lack of time, poor access to facilities and low motivation. The aim was to assess whether providing an exercise program to be completed at the workplace with or without direct supervision was effective for promoting health-related physical fitness and exercise participation. METHODS: Fifty university employees aged (Mean ± SD) 42.5 ± 11.1 years were prescribed a moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic and resistance exercise program to be completed at an onsite facility for 8 weeks...
April 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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