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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 1 2015

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New international review supports community water fluoridation as an effective and safe dental health promotion measure 
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Peter Howat, Colin Binns and Jonine Jancey
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‘The secret shame’: a content analysis of online news reporting of a celebrity admitting smoking while pregnant 
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Beverley Carroll and Becky Freeman
pp. 4-9

This study examined themes in online news coverage of Australian celebrity Chrissie Swan smoking during pregnancy. A celebrity smoking while pregnant was the most common theme. Health content that supports pregnant women to quit smoking was lacking. Health promotion strategies are needed that promote positive quit messages and strategies that assist pregnant women to quit smoking.

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A qualitative study of smoking within a Western Sydney Arabic-speaking community: a focus on men in the context of their families 
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Anastasia Phillips, Abdul Monaem and Christine Newman
pp. 10-15

Smoking rates are high among Arabic-speaking populations, particularly men. Data from six focus groups suggested that smoking was considered normal in home, community and religious settings. It created conflict within families and quit attempts were often made alone. This study highlights the need to include families and community leaders in quit-smoking programs.


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Evaluation of the pilot phase of the ‘Give up smokes for good’ social marketing campaign 
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Lauren Maksimovic, Damien Shen, Mark Bandick, Kerry Ettridge and Marion Eckert
pp. 16-23

Smoking rates among Aboriginal people are high, demonstrating the need for Aboriginal-specific anti-tobacco social marketing campaigns. An Aboriginal-specific poster and radio campaign was piloted and achieved high levels of campaign awareness and cultural appropriateness. High quality, culturally targeted anti-tobacco poster and radio campaigns can be effective in encouraging behaviour change among Aboriginal Australians.


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Using rap music to promote adolescent health: pilot study of VoxBox 
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Ernesta Paukste and Neil Harris
pp. 24-29

Innovative health promotion strategies are needed to address alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATODs) usage among adolescents. This paper reports the process evaluation of VoxBox as a novel intervention that successfully used rap to engage adolescents in discussion about risks associated with ATODs use. The findings highlight the importance of interventions matching the interests of the targeted population group.


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Love Bugs: promoting sexual health among young people in Samoa 
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Emma Heard, Leveti Auvaa and Charlotte Pickering
pp. 30-32

Young people in Samoa experience high rates of sexually transmitted infections and alienation from sexual health services. This paper outlines a health promotion initiative that addressed sexual health for young people in Samoa through education, personal skill development and the implementation of free condom dispensers at the national university campus.


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Employee factors associated with interest in improving sun protection in an Australian mining workforce 
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Tamara D. Street and Drew Leighton Thomas
pp. 33-38

To minimise the risk of Australian employees developing skin cancer, health promoters need to identify indicators of employee preferences for sun protection. Many at-risk employees are not interested in improving their sun protection. As perceptions of susceptibility and self-efficacy are associated with preferences for improving sun protection, health promoters should target these perceptions in strategies to increase employee participation in sun safety behaviours.


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Prevalence of FOB testing in eastern-Australian general practice patients: what has a national bowel cancer screening program delivered? 
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Christine L. Paul, Mariko L. Carey, Grant Russell, Cate D’Este, Rob W. Sanson-Fisher and Nicholas Zwar
pp. 39-44

It is important to monitor the use of screening for colorectal cancer in a variety of ways. This survey of 2269 people aged 50 years and over who were attending general practices identified that almost half had not been screened, particularly those under 60. It is important for general practitioners to continue to encourage all patients to be screened, even though mailed kits are sent as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.


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Challenges to establishing successful partnerships in community health promotion programs: local experiences from the national implementation of healthy eating activity and lifestyle (HEAL™) program 
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Sarah Dennis, Sharon A. Hetherington, Jerrad A. Borodzicz, Oshana Hermiz and Nicholas A. Zwar
pp. 45-51

Community partnerships are important for successful local implementation of health promotion programs. This qualitative study describes some of the challenges faced by health professionals in developing partnerships to implement a health promotion program in Australia. Partnerships take time to develop and taken into consideration when programs are funded and implemented in the community.

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Unhealthy product sponsorship of Australian national and state sports organisations 
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Rona Macniven, Bridget Kelly and Lesley King
pp. 52-56

The health benefits of sport can be undermined by linking unhealthy products with the positive attributes of sport. This study examined the nature and extent of unhealthy food, beverage, alcohol and gambling sponsorship across peak Australian sporting organisations, finding that unhealthy sponsorship is prevalent at both the state/territory and national levels. Actions to limit unhealthy sponsorship would contribute to creating healthier environments for sport participation.

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Evaluation of health promotion training for the Western Australian Aboriginal maternal and child health sector 
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Alexa Wilkins, Roanna C. Lobo, Denese M. Griffin and Heather A. Woods
pp. 57-63

Health promotion training can build capacity to address some of the determinants of poor health outcomes experienced by pregnant Aboriginal women and their babies. This evaluation demonstrated that health promotion training increased skills and confidence of maternal and child health professionals to deliver preventive health strategies. Training would be enhanced through ongoing individual and organisational support for participants to integrate health promotion into their work practice.


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Prevention of postnatal mental health problems in women: knowledge exchange in primary care in Victoria, Australia 
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Heather J. Rowe and Jane R. W. Fisher
pp. 64-69

Prevention of postnatal mental health problems is a health-promotion priority. The aim of this study is to evaluate readiness to implement an innovative mental health-promotion program to extend postnatal primary care from a focus on treatment to include prevention. The results will inform a mental health training program for nurses and the protocol for a cluster randomised controlled effectiveness trial.


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Food for thought: edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools 
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C. Collins, R. Richards, A. I. Reeder and A. R. Gray
pp. 70-73

A postal questionnaire was used to determine the characteristics of edible gardens in New Zealand schools. Edible gardens were identified as being common in primary and secondary schools, although most gardens were newly established. Edible gardens were integrated in a variety of curriculum-based teaching activities and contributed to each school’s special character and environmental values.


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Key beliefs of hospital nurses’ hand-hygiene behaviour: protecting your peers and needing effective reminders 
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Katherine M. White, Nerina L. Jimmieson, Nicholas Graves, Adrian Barnett, Wendell Cockshaw, Phillip Gee, Katie Page, Megan Campbell, Elizabeth Martin, David Brain and David Paterson
pp. 74-78

We identified the important beliefs behind hospital nurses’ hand-hygiene decisions. Nurses from 50 Australian hospitals indicated how likely specific advantages and disadvantages, important others in their lives and barriers were to influence their decisions. The nurses were motivated by a reduction in the chance of infection for co-workers, while lack of time and forgetfulness were found to be barriers.


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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.

    HE14098  Accepted 26 March 2015
    Improvement in primary school adherence to the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy: 2007-2010
    Anne Hills, Nicole Nathan, Keira Robinson, Danushka Fox, Luke Wolfenden

    HE14092  Accepted 25 March 2015
    Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour among Asian and Anglo-Australian Adolescents
    Claudia Strugnell, Andre Renzaho, Kate Ridley, Cate Burns

    HE14100  Accepted 17 March 2015
    Culturally appropriate flipcharts improve the knowledge of common respiratory conditions among Northern Territory Indigenous families
    Clare McKay, Anne Chang, Lesley Versteegh, Gabrielle McCallum

    HE14060  Accepted 21 February 2015
    Effect of an Obesity Pamphlet on Parental Perception and Knowledge of Excess Weight in Their Children: Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial
    Karina Rune, Kate Mulgrew, Geoff Lovell, Rachael Sharman

    HE14074  Accepted 31 January 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, Jane Taylor

    HE14061  Accepted 31 January 2015
    How big is a food portion? A pilot study in Australian families
    Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher, Aimee Taylor, Kristine Pezdirc, Hannah Lucas, Jane Watson, Megan Rollo, Kerith Duncanson, Melinda Hutchesson, Tracy Burrows

    HE14083  Accepted 18 January 2015
    Local government capacity to deliver health promotion initiatives: a case study
    Gwyn Jolley, Elsa Barton

    HE14090  Accepted 18 January 2015
    Let’s not forget climate change in the food insecurity conversation: Why the homeless are most vulnerable
    Sharon Campbell

    HE14033  Accepted 18 January 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 Rosen, Adrian Bauman

    HE14031  Accepted 18 January 2015
    Assessing the real world effectiveness of the Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle (HEAL™) program
    Sharon Hetherington, Jerrad Borodzicz, Cecilia Shing


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1. Published 17 April 2014
From evidence to action: health promotion and alcohol

Julia Stafford, Steve Allsop and Mike Daube

2. Published 17 April 2014
Health promotion: an ethical analysis

Stacy M. Carter

3. Published 17 April 2014
Getting Australia more active: challenges and opportunities for health promotion

A. P. Hills, S. J. Street and N. Harris

4. 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

5. Published 17 April 2014
Urban design and health: progress to date and future challenges

Melanie Lowe, Claire Boulange and Billie Giles-Corti

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

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

7. Published 17 April 2014
Mobilisation, politics, investment and constant adaptation: lessons from the Australian health-promotion response to HIV

Graham Brown, Daryl O'Donnell, Levinia Crooks and Rob Lake

8. Published 17 April 2014
Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about lung cancer in three culturally and linguistically diverse communities living in Australia: a qualitative study

Nicola Scott, Connie Donato-Hunt, Melanie Crane, Mayanne Lafontaine, Megan Varlow, Holly Seale and David Currow

9. Published 17 April 2014
On the road to prevention: road injury and health promotion

Mark Stevenson and Jason Thompson

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. Published 17 April 2014
Closing the chasm between research and practice: evidence of and for change

Lawrence W. Green

15. 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

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

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

17. 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

18. 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

19. Published 17 April 2014
Paradox of health care in the world’s greatest nation: commentary on the 2013 Annual American Public Health Association Conference in Boston

Peter Howat, Jonine Jancey and Colin Binns

20. Published 17 April 2014
Protecting children from taking up smoking: parents' views on what would help

K. Marck, M. Glover, A. Kira, J. McCool, R. Scragg, V. Nosa and C. Bullen

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