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Health Promotion Journal of Australia

Emily Sideris, Susan J Thomas
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Skin cancer affects nearly one in three Australians. As a preventable disease there have been many public awareness campaigns targeting skin cancer knowledge and sun protection in Australia in the last 30 years to increase knowledge of the disease and how to prevent it. Despite higher incidence and mortality of skin cancer in regional Australia and adults over 65 years though, little research exists examining this high-risk population's skin cancer knowledge and sun-behaviours, with most previous research conducted in urban Australia or overseas...
April 13, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Natasha Poder, Raquiba Jahan Khan, Vilas Kovai, Laurel Robinson, Darryl Wright, Mark Spinks, Jeremy Heathcote, Kerry Welsh, Elizabeth Millen, Karen Bedford
INTRODUCTION: A partnership between three Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and a mainstream health service was formed to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive and culturally appropriate social marketing project which aimed to encourage smokers to quit smoking. The project also supported quit attempts and promoted denormalisation of smoking. METHODS: The project was evaluated through baseline (n=427) and follow-up (n=611) surveys carried out face-to-face with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander participants 18 years and older recruited through convenience sampling at community events and venues during 2010-2011 and 2015...
April 10, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Natasha Mahoney, Nathan J Wilson, Angus Buchanan, Ben Milbourn, Ciarain Hoey, Reinie Cordier
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Intergenerational mentoring is emerging as a way to provide meaningful engagement and improve wellbeing for older adults in retirement. However, there is little, if any, Australian research concerning the benefits for older mentors involved in such mentoring. The current study aims to investigate the experiences of older male mentors involved in an intergenerational mentoring program with young men with intellectual disability and identify any benefits to physical and mental health and generativity...
April 8, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Sonia Nuttman, Rebecca Patrick, Mardie Townsend, Justin Lawson
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The Australian health promotion sector has made significant advances in food security over the years through recognition of social and economic factors. The incorporation of ecological determinants within health promotion practice to address food insecurity, however, is uncommon. This paper explores the potential of health promotion to use environmental sustainability principles to guide the development of health promotion food security programs in Australia. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach guided by a pragmatic framework was adopted for this study...
April 3, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Natalia Lizama, Michelle Jongenelis, Terry Slevin
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Up to one third of incident cancers in Australia are attributable to modifiable factors. Understanding the general public's awareness of cancer risk and protective factors is important for identifying knowledge gaps and informing the development of effective and targeted health promotion strategies. METHODS: In a telephone survey of 355 Western Australian adults aged 18-54 years (48% male), with a sample skewed towards low-SES areas, respondents rated the effect on cancer risk of 11 established cancer risk factors and 7 established cancer protective factors...
April 1, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Elinor Chisholm, Nevil Pierse, Cheryl Davies, Philippa Howden-Chapman
ISSUE: Improving the conditions of housing through programmes triggered when children are hospitalised has the potential to prevent further ill-health and re-hospitalisations. Exploring the attitudes and beliefs of staff involved in such a programme assists in understanding the advantages and challenges of this approach. METHODS: We interviewed 21 people involved in a regional initiative to improve the health outcomes of children through referral to a housing programme...
March 28, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Marisa Schlichthorst, Kylie King, Jackie Turnure, Andrea Phelps, Jane Pirkis
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Men dominate the suicide statistics and are less likely than women to seek help for emotional problems, and this has been linked to aspects of stoic masculinity. Promoting help-seeking and challenging stoic thinking may help to address this problem, but it is unclear what works in engaging men in these topics. METHODS: We developed a multimedia intervention called Man Up - including a documentary and digital campaign. We tested promotional materials and the website by interviewing 17 men from different ages and backgrounds about their perceptions and asked them whether the materials generated interest in the topics of the documentary...
March 27, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Belinda Morley, Philippa Niven, Helen Dixon, Maurice Swanson, Maria Szybiak, Trevor Shilton, Iain S Pratt, Terry Slevin, Melanie Wakefield
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Evaluation of the behavioural impact of Western Australia's LiveLighter healthy weight and lifestyle campaign focussed on decreasing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) using graphic imagery, as well as monitoring unintended consequences. METHODS: A cohort design with pre-campaign telephone survey of Western Australian adults aged 25-49 (Time 1 May/Jun 2013: N=1,504) undertaken and repeated following the campaign (Time 2 Aug/Sep 2013: N=822)...
March 22, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Lucy Byrne, Kathryn Ogden, Simone Lee, Kiran Ahuja, Greig Watson, Adrian Bauman, James Fell
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for disease burden and premature mortality. Interventions to increase physical activity are common, though few examples of multi-strategy, wide-scale community programs exist. Active Launceston is a community-wide program aimed at improving health and well-being through physical activity. We report on the process evaluation of Active Launceston and changes in community physical activity participation between 2008 and 2015, as a measure of program effectiveness...
March 14, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Yasin Shahab, Olataga Alofivae-Doorbinnia, Jennifer Reath, Freya MacMillan, David Simmons, Kate McBride, Penelope Abbott
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The Samoan community in Australia has one of the highest rates of diabetes in Australia. We explored the experiences and perceptions of Samoan patients living with diabetes and their family members. METHODS: Semi structured interviews were conducted with adults from a Samoan background living in Australia who had diabetes and their family members. Participants were recruited from a single general practice with a high proportion of Pacific Islander patients, through self-response to waiting room flyers...
March 14, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Melanie Crane, Adrian Bauman, Beverley Lloyd, Bronwyn McGill, Chris Rissel, Anne Grunseit
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Complex health promotion programs, which can have multi-levels of implementation and multi-components with non-linear causal pathways, present many evaluation challenges. Traditional evaluation methods often fail to account for the complexity inherent in assessing these programs. In real-world settings, evaluations of complex programs are often beset by additional constraints of limited budgets and short timeframes. Determining whether a complex program is successful and how a program worked, requires evaluators of complex programs to adopt a level of pragmatism...
March 12, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Luke Wolfenden, Nicole Nathan, Kathryn Reilly, Tessa Delaney, Lisa Janssen, Renee Reynolds, Rachel Sutherland, Jenna Hollis, Christophe Lecathelinais, Christopher Williams, Rebecca Wyse, John Wiggers, Serene Yoong
ISSUE ADDRESSED: School-based nutrition policies can have a positive effect on the school food environment. The primary aim of this study was to assess primary school adherence to a mandatory state-wide healthy canteen policy 12-months after an effective multi-strategic implementation intervention concluded. METHODS: Primary schools were randomised to i) a 12-14 month multi-strategic intervention or ii) no-intervention (control). The intervention aimed to improve implementation of a state-wide canteen policy by encouraging schools to remove unhealthy food and beverages (classified as 'red' or 'banned') from canteen menus and replace with healthy items (classified as 'green')...
February 25, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Kylie King, Marisa Schlichthorst, Jackie Turnure, Andrea Phelps, Matthew J Spittal, Jane Pirkis
ISSUE ADDRESSED: A website was designed to form the core of a multimedia strategy surrounding the Man Up documentary - a three-part documentary that aimed to address the problem of male suicide in Australia. Together these formed a media-based, public health intervention that explored the link between masculinity and suicide and promoted help-seeking. This is of great importance given the demonstrated link between masculine norms, men's reduced help-seeking and suicidal thinking. This study assesses the website's effectiveness in facilitating help-seeking and fostering conversations about suicide, mental health, and help-seeking...
February 25, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Kaye Mehta, Silvia Lopresti, Jessica Thomas
BACKGROUND: This research aimed to evaluate the benefits of the community gardening program called 'Magic Harvest (MH)' with respect to its key elements: social interaction; gardening skills; and, healthier eating. The MH program supports community participants to grow food, share produce, prepare and preserve food. METHODS: Two focus groups were conducted with participants in MH programs in the south of Adelaide, South Australia. The MH programs were located in lower socio-economic areas...
February 11, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jenny L Olson, Sonja March, Bonnie Clough, Stuart J H Biddle, Michael Ireland
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Residents of peri-urban Australia face health inequalities compared to city dwellers. Active lifestyles provide many benefits that could improve the health of this population, however, peri-urban Australians are more likely to be inactive and sedentary. The aim of this study was to identify the physical activity and sedentary behaviour-related beliefs of peri-urban Australians. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with adult residents of peri-urban, southern Queensland...
February 7, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Isaac Yeboah Addo, Loren Brener, Augustine Danso Asante, John de Wit
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Several studies have attributed excess weight gain after immigration to changes in dietary and physical activity behaviours. However, recognising the main factors that influence post-migration changes in dietary and physical activity behaviours is less clear, particularly among Australian residents of sub-Saharan African (SSA) ancestry. Drawing on acculturation theory, this study examines main factors driving changes in dietary and physical activity behaviours among Australian residents who were born in SSA and provides insight into the extent to which the factors are related to immigration...
February 2, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Fiona Farringdon, Samuel Farringdon, Paola Chivers
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Evidence indicates adolescents do not comply with the Australian Guide to Health Eating (AGHE) recommended daily serves (RDS). Little research has identified their level of knowledge regarding the guidelines and associations with food intake. METHODS: Survey methodology was used to measure knowledge of the Healthy Living Pyramid (HLP) and the AGHE, RDS. Food group intake was measured using a modified Food Frequency Questionnaire. A Generalised Linear Model (GLM) investigated associations between the HLP, RDS knowledge and Daily Equivalent Frequencies (DEF) for each food group...
February 1, 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Bradley Wright, Matthew Winslade, Dean Dudley, Wayne Cotton, Alexandra Hamer
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The SunSmart Policy Support and Intervention Study (SSPSIS) (ACTRN12614000926639) investigated the feasibility of improving schools' implementation of the SunSmart Program, which is a resource for primary school communities to support their development of a comprehensive sun protection policy. METHODS: A cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) was used to evaluate the SSPSIS, which was conducted in NSW SunSmart schools (n = 20). Objective measurements of students' sun-safe hat-wearing behaviours and sunscreen application, and teachers' role-modelling behaviours, were collected for baseline, post-test and follow-up data...
April 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Maria Kozlovskaia, Nicole Vlahovich, Evelyne Rathbone, Silvia Manzanero, Justin Keogh, David C Hughes
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The aim of this study was to characterise lifestyle and training habits of a large cohort of Australian recreational runners. Understanding the health benefits of recreational running and differentiating between the habits of males and females may allow for the development of gender-specific messaging for promoting recreational running as a form of physical activity. METHODS: An online questionnaire was used to collect data from 4720 Australian recreational runners...
April 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Assia Comella, Leanne Hassett, Kate Hunter, Jenni Cole, Cathie Sherrington
ISSUE ADDRESSED: To assess web-based information about sport opportunities for people with physical disabilities and to explore barriers and potential solutions to offering such opportunities from the perspective of sporting organisations. METHODS: A mixed method study was conducted in 2 stages focusing on 26 high-participation sports. Stage One involved conducting web-based searches of sporting organisations at national (Australia), state (NSW) and local club levels and auditing the websites to identify the mention of sport opportunities for people with disabilities...
April 2019: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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