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Health Promotion Journal of Australia facilitates communication between researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in health promotion activities. More

Editor in Chief: Jonine Jancey


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Volume 26 Number 2 2015

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The rise of e-cigarettes: implications for health promotion 
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Jonine Jancey , Colin Binns , James A. Smith , Bruce Maycock and Peter Howat
pp. 79-82

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How big is a food portion? A pilot study in Australian families 
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Clare E. Collins , Tamara Bucher , Aimee Taylor , Kristine Pezdirc , Hannah Lucas , Jane Watson , Megan Rollo , Kerith Duncanson , Melinda J. Hutchesson and Tracy Burrows
pp. 83-88

To date, it is unclear what parents and children deem a typical portion size. The present pilot study compared typically served portions of various foods with recommended portion sizes. It was found that served portion sizes for most foods, but not beverages, exceeded the recommendations. Interventions to improve dietary patterns should therefore target education regarding portion size.

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Improvement in primary school adherence to the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy in 2007 and 2010 
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Anne Hills , Nicole Nathan , Keira Robinson , Danushka Fox and Luke Wolfenden
pp. 89-92

Creating a healthy food environment in schools is a strategy employed by the NSW government since 2005.This study looked at changes in food sold in primary schools over 3 years and found modest improvements; however, overall compliance was low. This raises concern and indicates that schools require more support to stem the tide of childhood obesity, especially in rural and disadvantaged areas.]


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Assessing the real world effectiveness of the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program 
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Sharon A. Hetherington , Jerrad A. Borodzicz and Cecilia M. Shing
pp. 93-98

Lifestyle modification programs can be an effective strategy to reduce chronic disease risk factors; however, few government-funded, community-based programs report their findings in the peer-reviewed literature. In this article we report the outcomes of participation in the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program, which received funding under the Australian government’s Healthy Communities Initiative between 2010 and 2013. Participation in the 8-week program resulted in significant improvements in healthy behaviours and health markers. The findings strengthen the case for support of lifestyle modification programs to improve public health and lessen the personal cost of chronic conditions.

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Environmental barriers and enablers to physical activity participation among rural adults: a qualitative study 
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Verity Cleland , Clarissa Hughes , Lukar Thornton , Kathryn Squibb , Alison Venn and Kylie Ball
pp. 99-104

How the environment impacts on physical activity in rural adults is not well understood. This qualitative study explored environmental barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation among rural adults, and discovered that functionality, diversity of opportunities, spaces and places for all, and realistic expectations were important considerations for rural-dwellers. These factors should be considered when modifying rural environments to support physical activity.


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Physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Asian and Anglo-Australian adolescents 
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Claudia Strugnell , Andre M. N. Renzaho , Kate Ridley and Cate Burns
pp. 105-114

This article reports on the differences in objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour among a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) sample of adolescents. The results demonstrate lower engagement in physical activity and greater sedentary behaviour participation among Chinese-Australian and South-East Asian adolescents compared to Anglo-Australian adolescents. These findings are important for intervention planning and delivery and population health.


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The motivation and actions of Australians concerning brain health and dementia risk reduction 
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Ben J. Smith , Suha Ali and Henry Quach
pp. 115-121

Australia is facing a dramatic rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This national survey found that about half of Australians intended to improve their brain health and 38% reported taking action (usually in the form of mental exercise) for this purpose. Knowledge, understanding and confidence concerning dementia risk reduction were related to levels of motivation and action.

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Familial risk for lifestyle-related chronic diseases: can family health history be used as a motivational tool to promote health behaviour in young adults? 
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I. Prichard , A. Lee , A. D. Hutchinson and C. Wilson
pp. 122-128

Both family health history (FHH) and lifestyle behaviours such as physical activity, dietary intake and alcohol consumption are risk factors for chronic disease. This paper examines whether FHH information could be used to motivate young people to intend to modify these lifestyle behaviours. The provision of a FHH assessment increased perceived vulnerability among young adults and intentions to communicate with family members about disease risk, but did not change dietary or physical activity intentions.


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Effect of an obesity pamphlet on parental perception and knowledge of excess weight in their children: results of a randomised controlled trial 
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Karina T. Rune , Kate Mulgrew , Rachael Sharman and Geoff P. Lovell
pp. 129-132

Eighty parents were randomly allocated to an experimental group given an obesity pamphlet or to a control group. The study found that the pamphlet increased understanding of childhood obesity immediately after the intervention in parents of overweight or obese children.


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Men’s Sheds function and philosophy: towards a framework for future research and men’s health promotion 
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Nathan J. Wilson , Reinie Cordier , Kenji Doma , Gary Misan and Sharmila Vaz
pp. 133-141

Men’s Sheds offer a male space for socialising, activities and also support the promotion of men’s health and wellbeing. Better understanding different sheds’ function and philosophy enabled us to create a framework that will assist future men’s health promotion activities. Efficient and targeted health promotion activities at Men’s Sheds will lead to better health and wellbeing outcomes for Australian men.


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Does a corporate worksite physical activity program reach those who are inactive? Findings from an evaluation of the Global Corporate Challenge 
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Rona Macniven , Lina Engelen , Mia J. Kacen and Adrian Bauman
pp. 142-145

The workplace is an important setting for health promotion. This evaluation of a four-month workplace physical activity program found increases in daily steps and reductions in sitting time but limited overall increases in physical activity, given high levels of participants at baseline. To have the greatest population health impact, future workplace physical activity programs should target inactive employees.


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‘Kids in the Kitchen’ impact evaluation: engaging primary school students in preparing fruit and vegetables for their own consumption 
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Barbara Ritchie , Lily O’Hara and Jane Taylor
pp. 146-149

Children’s fruit and vegetable consumption is below levels recommended for optimal growth, development and health. ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ – a hands-on classroom-based food preparation program for primary school students – resulted in increased numbers of fruits and vegetables tried, liked and consumed by students. Primary schools that provide opportunities for active involvement in food preparation can contribute positively to children’s nutrition.

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Culturally appropriate flipcharts improve the knowledge of common respiratory conditions among Northern Territory Indigenous families 
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Clare C. Mckay , Anne B. Chang , Lesley A. Versteegh and Gabrielle B. McCallum
pp. 150-153

Flipcharts are widely used as education tools in Indigenous health. In the first paediatric quantitative study on the use of flipcharts as a means of providing health education to Indigenous Australians, we have shown that culturally appropriate flipcharts are an effective method of providing health education.


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Perceptions of the solarium ban in Australia: ‘Fake it, don’t bake it’ 
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Ivanka Prichard , Suzanne Dobbinson , Carlene Wilson , Amanda D. Hutchinson , Joanne Rayner and Jen Makin
pp. 154-158

With the use of sun-protective behaviours and the avoidance of deliberate UV exposure, skin cancer should be largely preventable. This study aimed to examine responses to the ban on commercial solariums in Australia. There were high levels of public support for the ban; however, it will take time to modify the tanning behaviours of prior solarium users.


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Local government capacity to deliver health promotion initiatives: a case study 
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Gwyn Jolley and Elsa Barton
pp. 159-160

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Let’s not forget climate change in the food insecurity conversation: why the homeless are most vulnerable 
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Sharon Campbell
pp. 161-162

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Confusion surrounds physical activity prescription for pregnant women 
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Melanie Hayman , Camille Short , Robert Stanton and Peter Reaburn
pp. 163-164

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Published online 03 August 2015
Smoking among Aboriginal adults in Sydney, Australia 
Punitha Arjunan, Natasha Poder, Kerry Welsh, LaVerne Bellear, Jeremy Heathcote, Darryl Wright, Elizabeth Millen, Mark Spinks, Mandy Williams and Li Ming Wen

Contextual data is crucial to inform the development of health promotion programs in reducing tobacco consumption among Aboriginal Australians. This paper aimed to determine smoking status and associated factors among Aboriginal adults, and found that a high smoking rate was associated with age, work status and attitudes towards smoke-free homes. Targeted promotions for socio-demographic subgroups should be considered for future cessation strategies.

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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    HE15013  Accepted 25 August 2015
    Inside the black box of food safety: A qualitative study of ‘non-compliance’ among food businesses
    Mark Brough, Belinda Davies, Eleesa Johnstone

    HE15011  Accepted 21 August 2015
    Risky Business or Not? FIFOs, Sexual Risk Taking and the Mining Industry
    Cathy O'Mullan, Joseph Debattista, Mathhew Browne

    HE15040  Accepted 10 August 2015
    Diabetes Foot Care Education movies for Aboriginal people
    Deborah Schoen, Sandra Thompson

    HE14101  Accepted 29 July 2015
    Ethical considerations in investigating youth alcohol norms and behaviours: A case for mature minor consent
    Janina Hildebrand, Bruce Maycock, Jude Comfort, Sharyn Burns, Peter Howat, Steve Allsop


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1. Published 9 September 2014
Sustaining dignity? Food insecurity in homeless young people in urban Australia

Belinda Crawford, Rowena Yamazaki, Elise Franke, Sue Amanatidis, Jioji Ravulo, Kate Steinbeck, Jan Ritchie and Siranda Torvaldsen

2. Published 9 September 2014
Understanding food security issues in remote Western Australian Indigenous communities

Christina M. Pollard, Anett Nyaradi, Matthew Lester and Kay Sauer

3. Published 9 December 2014
Healthy places and spaces: the impact of the built environment and active transport on physical activity and population health

Chris Rissel and Peter McCue

4. Published 9 September 2014
Treats: low socioeconomic status Australian parents’ provision of extra foods for their overweight or obese children

Melanie Pescud and Simone Pettigrew

5. Published 9 September 2014
An exploratory study identifying where local government public health decision makers source their evidence for policy

Melissa Stoneham and James Dodds

6. Published 9 September 2014
Health policy in South Australia 2003–10: primary health care workforce perceptions of the impact of policy change on health promotion

Gwyn Jolley, Toby Freeman, Fran Baum, Catherine Hurley, Angela Lawless, Michael Bentley, Ronald Labonté and David Sanders

7. Published 9 September 2014
Creating a sustainable health promotion workforce in Australia: a health promoting approach to professionalisation

Andrew Jones-Roberts, Janine Phillips and Kirsty Tinsley

8. Published 9 September 2014
Australian school canteens: menu guideline adherence or avoidance?

Julie Woods, Alex Bressan, Corrina Langelaan, Angela Mallon and Claire Palermo

9. Published 9 September 2014
The feasibility and appeal of mobile ‘apps’ for supporting healthy food purchasing and consumption among socioeconomically disadvantaged women: a pilot study

Kylie Ball, Jennifer Mouchacca and Michelle Jackson

10. Published 9 September 2014
An exploratory study of smokers’ and stakeholders’ expectations of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a university setting

Sharyn Burns, Nicole Bowser, Jenny Smith, Jonine Jancey and Gemma Crawford

11. Published 9 December 2014
Incidental physical activity in Melbourne, Australia: health and economic impacts of mode of transport and suburban location

Margaret J. Beavis and Marj Moodie

12. Published 9 April 2015
Food for thought: edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools

C. Collins, R. Richards, A. I. Reeder and A. R. Gray

13. Published 9 April 2015
Evaluation of the pilot phase of the ‘Give up smokes for good’ social marketing campaign

Lauren Maksimovic, Damien Shen, Mark Bandick, Kerry Ettridge and Marion Eckert

14. Published 9 December 2014
Healthy places, active transport and path dependence: a review of the literature

Melissa Hensley, Derlie Mateo-Babiano and John Minnery

15. Published 9 April 2015
Evaluation of health promotion training for the Western Australian Aboriginal maternal and child health sector

Alexa Wilkins, Roanna C. Lobo, Denese M. Griffin and Heather A. Woods

16. Published 9 September 2014
Public perceptions of cancer risk factors: a Western Australian study

Anna MacTiernan, Lin Fritschi, Terry Slevin, Geoffrey Jalleh, Rob Donovan and Jane Heyworth

17. Published 9 December 2014
Neighbourhood influences on mental health in master planned estates: a qualitative study of resident perspectives

Jacinta Francis, Billie Giles-Corti, Lisa Wood and Matthew Knuiman

18. Published 10 August 2015
How big is a food portion? A pilot study in Australian families

Clare E Collins, Tamara Bucher, Aimee Taylor, Kristine Pezdirc, Hannah Lucas, Jane Watson, Megan Rollo, Kerith Duncanson, Melinda J Hutchesson and Tracy Burrows

19. Published 9 December 2014
Developing a research and practice tool to measure walkability: a demonstration project

Billie Giles-Corti, Gus Macaulay, Nick Middleton, Bryan Boruff, Fiona Bull, Iain Butterworth, Hannah Badland, Suzanne Mavoa, Rebecca Roberts and Hayley Christian

20. Published 9 April 2015
Prevention of postnatal mental health problems in women: knowledge exchange in primary care in Victoria, Australia

Heather J. Rowe and Jane R. W. Fisher

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