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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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Published online 27 April 2016
Willingness of Australian health educators and health promotion officers to conduct rapid HIV testing 
Anthony J. Santella, Jacquie Fraser, Angela W. Prehn and Eugenia Boye-Codjoe

Should rapid HIV testing be expanded to non-traditional settings such as health promotion and education? A recent survey found that 60% of Australian Health Educators and Health Promotion Officers believed that it should and 70% were willing to be trained. As the public and private sectors continue to explore innovative ways to increase the number of people with HIV who know their status, alternative workforces should be considered.

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Published online 20 April 2016
Cultural experiences of student and new-graduate dietitians in the Gomeroi gaaynggal ArtsHealth program: a quality assurance project 
Kym Rae, Emma Bohringer, Amy Ashman, Leanne Brown and Clare Collins

Dietitians have roles to play in optimising nutrition for Indigenous Australians, but exposure to practical experience may be limited. This quality assurance project evaluated the experiences of student and new-graduate dietitians at an Aboriginal ArtsHealth centre, and identified key themes of ‘building rapport’ and ‘developing cultural understanding’. Dietetic students are encouraged to seek out opportunities for development of cultural awareness by working with Indigenous communities where possible.

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Published online 20 April 2016
Reorientation of health services: enablers and barriers faced by organisations when increasing health promotion capacity 
K. McFarlane, J. Judd, S. Devine and K. Watt

In recent years, major cuts to resources and leadership in preventive health approaches have hindered the capacity to improve population health outcomes. This literature review synthesises the enablers and barriers faced by health organisations over the past 25 years in building capacity to deliver health promotion approaches. Given current limited resources, it is timely to be aware of how capacity for health promotion can be strengthened.

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Published online 13 April 2016
The impact of alcohol management practices on sports club membership and revenue 
L. Wolfenden, M. Kingsland, B. Rowland, P. Dodds, M. Sidey, S. Sherker and J. Wiggers

This study investigates the impact of implementing alcohol management practices in community sporting clubs on club revenue and membership. Sports clubs were randomised to receive an intervention to improve alcohol management or a no-intervention control. At follow-up, there were significantly more spectators attending intervention clubs, relative to control clubs. There was no significant difference in club income between groups.

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Published online 13 April 2016
Implementation of a driver licensing support program in three Aboriginal communities: a brief report from a pilot program 
Patricia Cullen, Kathleen Clapham, Jake Byrne, Kate Hunter, Kris Rogers, Teresa Senserrick, Lisa Keay and Rebecca Ivers

The Driving Change program has been piloted in three communities to increase licensing rates for young Aboriginal people. This brief report indicates that Driving Change is reaching the target population and providing a sufficiently flexible program that is assisting young Aboriginal people to access licensing services in NSW.

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Published online 06 April 2016
Assessing the potential to combine attitude tracking and health campaign evaluation surveys 
Lauren P. Hollier, Simone Pettigrew, Carolyn Minto, Terry Slevin and Mark Strickland

This study examined whether including a health campaign evaluation survey within an attitude and behaviour tracking survey produced different outcomes compared with the separate administration of the evaluation survey. Minimal differences were found between the two surveys, suggesting that outcomes can be maximised by administering fewer, longer surveys.

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Published online 04 April 2016
The influence of population mobility on changing patterns of HIV acquisition: lessons for and from Australia 
G. Crawford, R. Lobo, G. Brown and B. Maycock
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Published online 31 March 2016
Tick tock: time for a change? 
Simone Pettigrew, Simone Pettigrew, Zenobia Talati, Zenobia Talati, Bruce Neal and Bruce Neal

The National Heart Foundation recently made the decision to retire the ‘Tick’ food labelling system that has been in operation in Australia for the last two decades. Focus groups with adult and child consumers indicated that attitudes to the tick have become more negative in recent years. The Heart Foundation will now support other food labelling initiatives.

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Published online 30 March 2016
Primary caregivers of young children are unaware of food neophobia and food preference development 
Julie Norton and Maria M. Raciti

This study is the first to explore primary caregivers’ awareness of food neophobia and food preference development in young children. Primary caregivers of children aged between 1 and 2.5 years are unaware of food neophobia and food preference development. With raised awareness of food neophobia and how food preferences develop, primary caregivers may decrease their children’s exposure to non-core foods.

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Published online 30 March 2016
Using a competition model to help rural communities become healthier: lessons from the NSW Healthy Town Challenge quality assurance process 
Santosh Khanal, Chris Rissel and Bev Lloyd
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Published online 29 February 2016
Promoting physical activity among children and youth in disadvantaged South Australian CALD communities through alternative community sport opportunities 
Edoardo Rosso and Richard McGrath

Current approaches to multicultural inclusion in sport may fail to focus on actual community needs. This project engaged 263 young people in a community development program aimed at empowering disadvantaged multicultural communities to engage in health promotion through sport. The results highlight that we need to move beyond thinking of sport participation as a matter of integration into existing sport clubs and structures.

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Volume 27 Number 1 2016

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We need a comprehensive approach to health promotion 
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Jonine Jancey , Lisa Barnett , James Smith , Colin Binns and Peter Howat
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Risky business or not? FIFOs, sexual risk taking and the Australian mining industry 
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Cathy O’Mullan , Joseph Debattista and Matthew Browne
pp. 4-9

Despite lack of evidence, there is speculation that FIFO and DIDO models of mining contribute to higher levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV in Australia. This study explored differences in sexual risk taking between two groups (FIFO/DIDO miners and residential miners); our results found little difference in sexual risk taking between the groups. These findings are important for intervention planning aimed at reducing STI transmission.


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Inside the black box of food safety: a qualitative study of ‘non-compliance' among food businesses 
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Mark Brough , Belinda Davies and Eleesa Johnstone
pp. 10-14

Although the science of food safety regulation is critical to good public health practice, it tells us little about the circumstances surrounding non-compliance. This research qualitatively explored the meanings and practices of 29 ‘non-compliant’ food businesses in order to understand their ‘insider’ perspectives of food safety regulation. The findings demonstrate the value of developing collaborative partnerships that can complement the food safety regulatory framework.


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The relationship between alcohol consumption and related harm among young university students 
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Ellen Hart and Sharyn Burns
pp. 15-20

Young university students drink more than the general population and more than other young adults. Due to high levels of binge drinking, young university students experience significant drinking-related harm. This paper explores the relationship between drinking and harm among young university students. Uniquely, it separates harm into categories: Criminal and Aggressive Behaviour, Health and Emotional Harms and Sexual Harms.

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Developing a guide for community-based groups to reduce alcohol-related harm among African migrants 
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Alison Jaworski , Tony Brown , Catherine Norman , Kiri Hata , Mark Toohey , Dubravka Vasiljevic and Rachel Rowe
pp. 21-28

Until now, practical guidance on how to reduce alcohol-related harms in partnership with African communities has been scarce. This paper describes the results of a three-step process undertaken to create a guide to assist community groups and workers develop effective and culturally appropriate health promotion strategies. Topics and strategies discussed in this paper and the guide may also be useful for health promotion coalitions working in partnership with other CALD communities to address AOD-related harm.


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Diet quality and six-year risk of overweight and obesity among mid-age Australian women who were initially in the healthy weight range 
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Haya M. Aljadani , Amanda J. Patterson , David Sibbritt and Clare E. Collins
pp. 29-35

Maintaining a healthy body weight is crucial, especially for women during menopause transition. This paper examines the relationship between dietary quality and the risk of becoming overweight or obese during 6-year follow-up study. Poor diet was common among mid-age women. While it is important to optimise the nutrition quality of women’s diets, this strategy alone will not address the rising incidence of overweight and obesity.

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Exploring Australian health promotion and environmental sustainability initiatives 
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Rebecca Patrick and Jonathan Kingsley
pp. 36-42

Australian health promoters have important roles in tackling environmental sustainability challenges within the community. This study provides a snapshot of current practice, highlighting programs that focus on healthy and sustainable food, active transport, energy efficiency and contact with nature. It is promising that health promoters, with the help of new partners and techniques, are dealing with complex health and sustainability issues.


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Planning for the next generation of public health advocates: evaluation of an online advocacy mentoring program 
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Emily O’Connell , Melissa Stoneham and Julie Saunders
pp. 43-47

Public health advocacy is critical to achieve public health objectives. This paper reports the qualitative evaluation of an online e-mentoring program that combined skill-based activities with mentoring from an experienced public health advocate to build the advocacy capacity of a group of public health professionals.


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A qualitative investigation of factors influencing participation in bowel screening in New South Wales 
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Greer Dawson , Melanie Crane , Claudine Lyons , Anna Burnham , Tara Bowman and Joanne Travaglia
pp. 48-53

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, yet bowel screening participation remains low. This study found that the low public profile of bowel cancer, coupled with poor knowledge of the role of screening in prevention, has contributed to misinformed perceptions of both the risk of cancer and the value of screening. Strategies that impart awareness and knowledge are needed in order to increase screening participation.


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Ethics and health promotion practice: exploring attitudes and practices in Western Australian health organisations 
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T. Reilly , G. Crawford , R. Lobo , J. Leavy and J. Jancey
pp. 54-60

Evidence-informed practice underpinned by ethics is fundamental to developing the science of health promotion. This research explored attitudes, practices, enablers and barriers related to ethics in practice in Western Australian health organisations. Although participants reported knowledge of ethical principles, the application of these principles was inconsistent. Alignment of evidence-informed and ethics-based practice is critical and may be achieved through access to information and resources about ethics.


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The case of national health promotion policy in Australia: where to now? 
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James A. Smith , Gemma Crawford and Louise Signal
pp. 61-65

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Smoking among Aboriginal adults in Sydney, Australia 
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Punitha Arjunan , Natasha Poder , Kerry Welsh , LaVerne Bellear , Jeremy Heathcote , Darryl Wright , Elizabeth Millen , Mark Spinks , Mandy Williams and Li Ming Wen
pp. 66-69

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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Challenges to translating new media interventions in community practice: a sexual health SMS program case study 
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Cassandra J. C. Wright , Kaytlyn Leinberger and Megan S. C. Lim
pp. 70-73

While evidence grows to support new media interventions for promoting health behaviours, challenges exist in implementation outside of research settings. This work aims to describe translational barriers using a case study sexual health SMS program; key challenges related to under-resourcing, and finding appropriate recruitment settings/methods. These factors must be considered to maximise the potential of new media interventions to reach large populations, while researchers must also consider translation and scalability of their work.


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‘Hero to Healing’ drink-driving program for Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland 
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Michelle S. Fitts and Gavan R. Palk
pp. 74-79

Drink-driving programs can be effective in reducing the likelihood of recidivism. However, most programs are developed for mainstream drink drivers. In this paper, we report on the short-term perceptions and feedback received from Indigenous drivers and community members after piloting ‘Hero to Healing’, a program based on the Community Reinforcement Approach. The findings strengthen the case for treating drink driving in Indigenous communities as a community issue rather than an individual phenomenon.


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Satisfaction with transport and enjoyment of the commute by commuting mode in inner Sydney 
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Chris Rissel , Melanie Crane , Li Ming Wen , Stephen Greaves and Chris Standen
pp. 80-83

Being satisfied with your transport, and enjoying the way you travel, are very different concepts and vary considerably by transport mode. This study compared satisfaction with transport and enjoyment of the commute by commute mode in inner Sydney, Australia, where transport mode choices are readily available. People who walked or cycled to work or study reported higher levels of enjoyment from their commute compared with those who drove, highlighting a benefit of active travel.

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Evaluating a health video on diabetic retinopathy 
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Joos Meyer , Karim Johnson , Joshua Bowyer , Josephine Muir and Angus Turner
pp. 84-87

Annual screening for diabetic eye disease is recommended for Indigenous Australians, as blindness can be prevented in 98% of cases if the disease is identified and treated early. This study evaluated the impact of a health promotional video on patient compliance and screening rates, with findings demonstrating an increase in knowledge and alterations in attitudes about key disease issues. This study suggests that screening rates could be increased through expanded use of this video.


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Diabetes foot care education movies for Aboriginal people: Bran nue leg 
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Deborah E. Schoen and Sandra C. Thompson
pp. 88-89

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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.

    HE15128  Accepted 29 April 2016
    Is there a relationship between primary school children’s enjoyment of recess physical activities and health-related quality of life? A cross-sectional exploratory study
    Brendon Hyndman, Amanda Benson, Leanne Lester, Amanda Telford

    HE15096  Accepted 18 April 2016
    Evaluating the Sharing Stories youth theatre program: An interactive theatre and drama-based strategy for sexual health promotion among multicultural youth
    Meagan Roberts, Roanna Lobo, Anne Sorenson

    HE15127  Accepted 14 April 2016
    How well are health information websites displayed on mobile phones? Implications for the readability of health information
    Christina Cheng, Matthew Dunn

    HE15123  Accepted 11 April 2016
    Taking Charge of Pain: Evaluating a community targeted self-management education program for people with musculoskeletal pain.
    Elizabeth Hoon, Karen Smith, Julie Black, Simon Burnet, Catherine Hill, Tiffany Gill

    HE15116  Accepted 11 April 2016
    Cancer screening education: can it change knowledge and attitudes among culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland, Australia?
    Katherine Cullerton, Danielle Gallegos, Ella Ashley, Hong Do, Anna Voloschenko, Marylou Fleming, Rebecca Ramsey, Trish Gould

    HE15114  Accepted 04 April 2016
    Feed Safe: A multi-disciplinary partnership approach results in a successful mobile application for breastfeeding mothers
    Becky White, James White, Roslyn Giglia, Susan Tawia

    HE15136  Accepted 31 March 2016
    Smoking status and its associated factors among male Chinese restaurant workers in metropolitan Sydney
    Wei Jiang, Brenda Leung, Nancy Tam, Huilan Xu, Suzanne Gleeson , Li Ming Wen

    HE15080  Accepted 24 March 2016
    Partnerships and the past: reflections on 1940s community centre endeavours by the National Fitness Council
    Wendy Madsen

    HE15113  Accepted 01 February 2016
    A cross-sectional study examining the extent of unwanted sexual attention and unhealthy intimate relationships among female students aged 18-25 in an Australian university
    Kelly Hayden, Melissa Graham, Greer Lamaro

    HE15095  Accepted 26 January 2016
    Online Canteens: Awareness, use, barriers to use, and the acceptability of potential online strategies to improve public health nutrition in primary schools.
    Rebecca Wyse, Sze Lin Yoong, Pennie Dodds, Libby Campbell, Tessa Delaney, Nicole Nathan, Lisa Janssen, Kathryn Reilly, Rachel Sutherland, John Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden

    HE15029  Accepted 04 November 2015
    A picture says a thousand words: A food selection observational method
    Julia Carins, Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Joy Parkinson


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1. Published 23 December 2015
‘We don’t tell people what to do’: ethical practice and Indigenous health promotion

Karen McPhail-Bell, Chelsea Bond, Mark Brough and Bronwyn Fredericks

2. Published 10 August 2015
Improvement in primary school adherence to the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy in 2007 and 2010

Anne Hills, Nicole Nathan, Keira Robinson, Danushka Fox and Luke Wolfenden

3. Published 10 August 2015
Environmental barriers and enablers to physical activity participation among rural adults: a qualitative study

Verity Cleland, Clarissa Hughes, Lukar Thornton, Kathryn Squibb, Alison Venn and Kylie Ball

4. 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

5. Published 10 August 2015
Assessing the real world effectiveness of the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program

Sharon A. Hetherington, Jerrad A. Borodzicz and Cecilia M. Shing

6. Published 7 April 2016
‘Hero to Healing’ drink-driving program for Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland

Michelle S. Fitts and Gavan R. Palk

7. Published 10 August 2015
Men’s Sheds function and philosophy: towards a framework for future research and men’s health promotion

Nathan J. Wilson, Reinie Cordier, Kenji Doma, Gary Misan and Sharmila Vaz

8. Published 10 August 2015
‘Kids in the Kitchen’ impact evaluation: engaging primary school students in preparing fruit and vegetables for their own consumption

Barbara Ritchie, Lily O'Hara and Jane Taylor

9. Published 23 December 2015
Using Indigenist and Indigenous methodologies to connect to deeper understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ quality of life

Elaine Kite and Carol Davy

10. Published 10 August 2015
Local government capacity to deliver health promotion initiatives: a case study

Gwyn Jolley and Elsa Barton

11. Published 23 December 2015
The extent to which the public health ‘war on obesity’ reflects the ethical values and principles of critical health promotion: a multimedia critical discourse analysis

Lily O'Hara, Jane Taylor and Margaret Barnes

12. Published 10 August 2015
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Asian and Anglo-Australian adolescents

Claudia Strugnell, Andre M. N. Renzaho, Kate Ridley and Cate Burns

13. Published 10 August 2015
Effect of an obesity pamphlet on parental perception and knowledge of excess weight in their children: results of a randomised controlled trial

Karina T. Rune, Kate Mulgrew, Rachael Sharman and Geoff P. Lovell

14. Published 23 December 2015
‘Troubling’ moments in health promotion: unpacking the ethics of empowerment

Grace Spencer

15. Published 10 August 2015
Let’s not forget climate change in the food insecurity conversation: why the homeless are most vulnerable

Sharon Campbell

16. Published 10 August 2015
Does a corporate worksite physical activity program reach those who are inactive? Findings from an evaluation of the Global Corporate Challenge

Rona Macniven, Lina Engelen, Mia J. Kacen and Adrian Bauman

17. Published 10 August 2015
Culturally appropriate flipcharts improve the knowledge of common respiratory conditions among Northern Territory Indigenous families

Clare C. Mckay, Anne B. Chang, Lesley A. Versteegh and Gabrielle B. McCallum

18. Published 10 August 2015
Perceptions of the solarium ban in Australia: ‘Fake it, don’t bake it’

Ivanka Prichard, Suzanne Dobbinson, Carlene Wilson, Amanda D. Hutchinson, Joanne Rayner and Jen Makin

19. Promoting physical activity among children and youth in disadvantaged South Australian CALD communities through alternative community sport opportunities

Edoardo Rosso and Richard McGrath

20. Published 23 December 2015
Why should ethics approval be required prior to publication of health promotion research?

Ainsley J. Newson and Wendy Lipworth

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