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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 establishing 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 programs have been developed or evaluated. The Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service (IAMS) developed the Safe Homes Safe Kids program as an injury prevention program targeting disadvantaged Aboriginal families with children aged 0-5 in an urban region of NSW. Delivered by Aboriginal Family Workers the program aims to reduce childhood injury by raising awareness of safety in the home...
May 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jane Martin
Investing to prevent obesity and improve diets makes good economic sense. Poor diet and being above a healthy weight are leading risk factors for the burden of disease in Australia together accounting for around 16% of the preventable burden. Currently around 63% of Australian adults and 27% of children are overweight or obese, with the health system in danger of being overwhelmed in time. Between 1995 and 2011/12, the proportion of people with a BMI of 35 or higher doubled. This article is protected by copyright...
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 11-14 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 of age. In the 15 to 17 age group supply from direct purchase or underage friends who have purchased alcohol, represent 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 ten years ago and were living in Western Australia (n=209)...
April 23, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
G M Stuart, H 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 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) six 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 to 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 are critical to prevention. The main of this paper is to determine the potential for prevention by use of existing controls based on deaths data from 2001-2016. METHODS: This study assesses data from the National Coroner's Information System for the period 2001-2016 in regards to unintentional farm injury deaths in Australia (n = 1,271)...
April 18, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Rosemary Calder, Rebecca Lindberg, Hazel Fetherston
This commentary outlines a suite of 10 priority policy actions endorsed by leading Australian chronic disease experts. A hypothetical $100 million investment into preventative health could be spent on the 10 actions. These policies are designed to tackle shared risk factors for chronic disease and drive change where it is needed most. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 30, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Lucy M Butcher, Therese A O'Sullivan, Maria M Ryan, Johnny Lo, Amanda Devine
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Currently, two food sufficiency questions are utilised as a proxy measure of national food security status in Australia. These questions do not capture all dimensions of food security and have been attributed with underreporting of the problem. The purpose of this study was to investigate food security using the short form of the US Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM) within an Australian context; and explore the relationship between food security status and multiple socio-demographic variables...
March 15, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Michael P Kelly
Maximising the health of the developing foetus and the infant until the age of two (the first thousand days) provides benefits for the child's physical, emotional and cognitive development and their subsequent health as an adult. This study explains how with an injection of $A400 million into the Australian health and social care system this can be achieved.
March 14, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Pazit Levinger, Myrla Sales, Remco Polman, Terry Haines, Briony Dow, Stuart J H Biddle, Gustavo Duque, Keith D Hill
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Exercising outdoors provide beneficial effect on mental and physical health for all ages. However, few older people exercise outdoors other than walking. While outdoor gyms have become increasingly common in Australia, limited outdoor exercise equipment specifically designed for older people is available in public spaces. We have set up and evaluated a unique purpose-built outdoor exercise park for older people in the community setting and demonstrated positive physical and well-being outcomes associated with the provision of this unique exercise mode and social programme...
March 14, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Renee Reynolds, Rachel Sutherland, Nicole Nathan, Lisa Janssen, Christophe Lecathelinais, Kathryn Reilly, Alison Walton, Luke Wolfenden
ISSUE ADDRESSED: This study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of using an existing school-based mobile communication application to deliver messages to parents on how to pack a healthy lunchbox. METHODS: A telephone survey was conducted with 196 primary school principals within the Hunter New England region of New South Wales, Australia, in 2016. RESULTS: Almost two thirds of primary schools (59%) currently use a school-based mobile communication application to communicate with parents...
March 12, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Matt Merema, Emily O'Connell, Sarah Joyce, Joanne Woods, Denise Sullivan
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Continued increases in overweight and obesity across most parts of the world in recent decades have seen maintaining or reaching a healthy weight become a major public health priority. This study reports on body mass index (BMI) and obesity prevalence trends in Western Australian adults between 2002 and 2015. METHODS: Self-reported height and weight were collected from Western Australian adults (16+ years) via 81 867 computer-assisted telephone interviews conducted between 2002 and 2015 as part of the WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System...
March 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Ashleigh Parnell, Melinda Edmunds, Hannah Pierce, Melissa J Stoneham
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Exposure to advertising for unhealthy food, alcohol and gambling has been shown to influence children and adolescents' behaviours and attitudes. This exploratory study aimed to assess the volume and type of unhealthy bus shelter advertisements near schools in five local government areas in Perth, Western Australia and to monitor whether the volume of unhealthy advertisements varied seasonally. METHODS: The 29 local governments in the Perth metropolitan region were contacted seeking information regarding the locations of bus shelters featuring advertisements in their local government area...
March 5, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Stephanie Enkel, Lauren Nimmo, Jonine Jancey, Justine Leavy
BACKGROUND: Leavers Festivals have become an institution for Australian youth to celebrate the completion of secondary school. Reported hazardous consumption of alcohol by leavers has focused concern on risk-taking behaviour. In response to this, campaigns such as "Don't Drink and Drown" have targeted youth to reduce alcohol consumption during aquatic activities. This research investigated intended and actual alcohol consumption, particularly during aquatic activities at a Leavers Festival located in the coastal town of Dunsborough, southern Western Australia...
March 2, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Manal Murad, Louise Marsh, Rob McGee
ISSUES ADDRESSED: With the adoption of Smokefree 2025, further commitment from local government to extend smokefree outdoor area policies is becoming increasingly important in the presence of high public support. The aim of this study was to identify local government commitment in the Canterbury/West Coast (CWC) region to the New Zealand Smokefree 2025 goal through provision of smokefree outdoor areas. METHODS: Document analysis of the different stages of council long-term plans (LTPs) was undertaken, including 239 draft LTP documents, 5926 public submissions on these documents and 13 final LTP documents...
February 28, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Ruby Brooks, Kathryn Backholer, Alexandra Chung, Claire Palermo, Chad Foulkes, Carly Monaghan, Anna Peeters
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Whole-of-setting initiatives have been recommended as an equitable approach to health promotion. However, there has been little analysis of differences in uptake of such approaches according to indicators of socioeconomic position. In Victoria, Australia, the Achievement Program is a state government health promotion initiative that uses a whole-of-setting approach in early childhood services, schools and workplaces. We conducted an exploratory comparison of uptake of and progression through the programme by schools and early childhood services in one local area, according to area-level socioeconomic position...
February 24, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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