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

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Published online 27 July 2015
The motivation and actions of Australians concerning brain health and dementia risk reduction 
Ben J. Smith, Suha Ali and Henry Quach

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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Published online 16 July 2015
Familial risk for lifestyle-related chronic diseases: can family health history be used as a motivational tool to promote health behaviour in young adults? 
I. Prichard, A. Lee, A. D. Hutchinson and C. Wilson

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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Published online 14 July 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

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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Published online 14 July 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

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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Published online 25 June 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

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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Published online 25 June 2015
Confusion surrounds physical activity prescription for pregnant women 
Melanie Hayman, Camille Short, Robert Stanton and Peter Reaburn
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Published online 04 June 2015
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Asian and Anglo-Australian adolescents 
Claudia Strugnell, Andre M. N. Renzaho, Kate Ridley and Cate Burns

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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Published online 21 May 2015
Let’s not forget climate change in the food insecurity conversation: why the homeless are most vulnerable 
Sharon Campbell
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Published online 21 May 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

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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Published online 21 May 2015
Local government capacity to deliver health promotion initiatives: a case study 
Gwyn Jolley and Elsa Barton
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Published online 21 May 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

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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Published online 19 May 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

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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Published online 28 April 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

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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Published online 28 April 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

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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Published online 28 April 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

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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Published online 23 April 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

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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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
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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
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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.

    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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    HE15020  Accepted 23 June 2015
    Smoking among Aboriginal adults in Sydney, Australia
    Punitha Arjunan, Natasha McEwan, Kerry Welsh, LaVerne Bellear, Jeremy Heathcote, Darryl Wright, Elizabeth Millen, Mark Spinks, Mandy Williams, Li Ming Wen
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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 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

15. 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

16. 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

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

Melissa Hensley, Derlie Mateo-Babiano and John Minnery

18. 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

19. Published 9 December 2014
People’s experiences of using outdoor gym equipment in parks

Susan Furber, Hayden Pomroy, Samantha Grego and Karen Tavener-Smith

20. Published 9 December 2014
Building partnerships for healthy environments: research, leadership and education

Susan Thompson, Jennifer Kent and Claudine Lyons


      
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