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Published online 31 March 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

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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Published online 30 March 2015
Prevalence of FOB testing in eastern-Australian general practice patients: what has a national bowel cancer screening program delivered? 
Christine L. Paul, Mariko L. Carey, Grant Russell, Cate D'Este, Rob W. Sanson-Fisher and Nicholas Zwar

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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Published online 24 March 2015
A qualitative study of smoking within a Western Sydney Arabic-speaking community: a focus on men in the context of their families 
Anastasia Phillips, Abdul Monaem and Christine Newman

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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Published online 19 March 2015
Food for thought: edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools 
C. Collins, R. Richards, A. I. Reeder and A. R. Gray

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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Published online 16 March 2015
‘The secret shame’: a content analysis of online news reporting of a celebrity admitting smoking while pregnant 
Beverley Carroll and Becky Freeman

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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Published online 16 March 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

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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Published online 02 December 2014
Love Bugs: promoting sexual health among young people in Samoa 
Emma Heard, Leveti Auvaa and Charlotte Pickering

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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Volume 25 Number 3 2014
RESEARCH FRONT: Healthy Places and Spaces

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Healthy places and spaces: the impact of the built environment and active transport on physical activity and population health 
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Chris Rissel and Peter McCue
pp. 155-156

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Health promotion success in Australia and a note of warning 
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Colin Binns , Peter Howat and Jonine Jancey
pp. 157-159

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Developing a research and practice tool to measure walkability: a demonstration project 
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Billie Giles-Corti , Gus Macaulay , Nick Middleton , Bryan Boruff , Fiona Bull , Iain Butterworth , Hannah Badland , Suzanne Mavoa , Rebecca Roberts and Hayley Christian
pp. 160-166

Growing evidence shows that higher-density, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods encourage active transport, including transport-related walking. However, there is little objective data to benchmark the walkability of neighbourhoods within and between Australian cities in order to monitor planning and design intervention progress, and assess built environment and urban policy interventions required to achieve increased walkability. This demonstration project developed, trialled and validated a ‘Walkability Index Tool’ that could be used by policy makers and practitioners to assess the walkability of local areas; or by researchers to access geospatial data assessing walkability.

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Active travel to work in NSW: trends over time and the effect of social advantage 
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Alexis Zander , Chris Rissel , Kris Rogers and Adrian Bauman
pp. 167-173

Socioeconomic advantage, housing location and car ownership influence active travel for transport. Between 2001 and 2011, active commuting rose in inner Sydney, decreased slightly in outer Sydney and declined in the Greater Metropolitan Region. People living in high socioeconomic areas, more rural areas and areas with lower car ownership are more likely to actively commute. More needs to be done in New South Wales consistently across regions and socio-demographic groups to increase levels of active commuting.

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Incidental physical activity in Melbourne, Australia: health and economic impacts of mode of transport and suburban location 
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Margaret J. Beavis and Marj Moodie
pp. 174-181

Increasing physical activity has major health benefits, even in the overweight and the elderly, and active travel improves health and productivity. Conservative modelling for increased public transport use, walking and cycling showed annual savings of up to 272 deaths, 903 new cases of disease and overall up to $12.2 million in health costs and $22.9 million in production. Increasing active transport can considerably improve health and economic outcomes.


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Associations between the frequency of cycling and domains of quality of life 
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Melanie Crane , Chris Rissel , Christopher Standen and Stephen Greaves
pp. 182-185

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Neighbourhood influences on mental health in master planned estates: a qualitative study of resident perspectives 
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Jacinta Francis , Billie Giles-Corti , Lisa Wood and Matthew Knuiman
pp. 186-192

The proliferation of new housing developments on Australia’s urban fringe presents unique opportunities to explore neighbourhoods and mental health. This study investigated the physical and social correlates of mental health in residents of new housing developments and found that mental health was influenced by service availability, security and a sense of community. These findings may help urban planners to design residential areas that promote healthy living.


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Artificial light at night: a neglected population health concern of the built environment 
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Margaret Grose
pp. 193-195

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Healthy places, active transport and path dependence: a review of the literature 
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Melissa Hensley , Derlie Mateo-Babiano and John Minnery
pp. 196-201

This review examines the concept of path dependence to better understand barriers to change in the built environment. It explores whether policy-makers tend to become ‘locked-in’ to a particular development pattern that supports car-based transport over more active modes. Results suggest that this framework can assist in understanding barriers to change and provide insights into developing future successful public health interventions.


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Building partnerships for healthy environments: research, leadership and education 
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Susan Thompson , Jennifer Kent and Claudine Lyons
pp. 202-208

Preventing contemporary chronic disease is a complex problem that can only be addressed by collaborative partnerships. The Healthy Built Environments Program is an exemplar of such a partnership. It brings health and the built environment together to create environments that support and encourage people to lead healthy lives on a daily basis.


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We need more active travel intervention research – why not travel plans? 
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Nicholas Petrunoff , Chris Rissel , Li Ming Wen and Jeni Bindon
pp. 209-210

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People’s experiences of using outdoor gym equipment in parks 
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Susan Furber , Hayden Pomroy , Samantha Grego and Karen Tavener-Smith
pp. 211-211

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Design and promotion of an outdoor gym for older adults: a collaborative project 
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Ashleigh Scott , Vicki Stride , Leonie Neville and Myna Hua
pp. 212-214

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Pole walking down-under: profile of pole walking leaders, walkers and programs in Australia and factors relating to participation 
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Juliette O. Fritschi , Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen and Wendy J. Brown
pp. 215-221

Surveys were administered to pole walking leaders and pole walkers to investigate the characteristics of pole walking leaders, walkers and programs in Australia. Participants’ perceptions of pole walking, and reasons for participation were identified. Pole walking is being practised by an older population for health and fitness benefits, and social, environmental, and personal enjoyment.


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Gender differences in effectiveness of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) lifestyle intervention: an Australasian study 
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Lillian M. Kent , Darren P. Morton , Paul M. Rankin , Brett G. Mitchell , Esther Chang and Hans Diehl
pp. 222-229

Lifestyle intervention programs are efficacious in treating chronic disease, but men appear to do better than women. This paper explores the short-term effectiveness of the Australasian Complete Health Intervention Program (CHIP) intervention. Defining the gender-specific physiological and behavioural factors that contribute to responsiveness to lifestyle change will assist in the development of more effective lifestyle interventions for both men and women.

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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

    HE14066  Accepted 06 January 2015
    Evaluation of the pilot phase of the Give up smokes for good social marketing campaign
    Lauren Maksimovic, Damien Shen, Mark Bandick, Kerry Ettridge, Marion Eckert

    HE14049  Accepted 06 January 2015
    Demographics, health beliefs, and sun protection behaviours associated with preferences for sun protection improvements in an Australian Mining Workforce
    Tamara Street, Drew Thomas

    HE14035  Accepted 06 January 2015
    Challenges to establishing successful partnerships in community health promotion programs: local experiences from the national implementation of healthy eating activity and lifestyle (HEALTM) program
    Sarah Dennis, Sharon Hetherington, Jerrad Borodzicz, Oshana Hermiz, Nick Zwar

    HE14054  Accepted 06 January 2015
    Using Rap Music for Adolescent Health Promotion: Pilot study of VoxBox
    Ernesta Paukste, Neil Harris

    HE14010  Accepted 22 December 2014
    Unhealthy product sponsorship of Australian national and state sports organizations
    Rona Macniven, Bridget Kelly, Lesley King

    HE14059  Accepted 22 November 2014
    Key beliefs of hospital nurses’ hand hygiene decisions: peer protection and more salient cues
    Katherine White, Nerina Jimmieson, Nicholas Graves, Adrian Barnett, Wendell Cockshaw, Phillip Gee, Katie Page, Megan Campbell, Elizabeth Martin, David Brain, David Paterson


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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 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

12. 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

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

Lawrence W. Green

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

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

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

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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