Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals (Health Promot J Aust)

Publisher: Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals; Australian Health Promotion Association

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Website Health Promotion Journal of Australia website
ISSN 1036-1073
OCLC 37169607
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed Smoking rates are high among Arabic-speaking populations, particularly men, and there is limited evidence to formulate effective tobacco-control strategies in this group. This study explored smoking within an Arabic-speaking community in Sydney, focusing on men's smoking in the context of their families. Methods We conducted six focus groups with a total of 60 Arabic-speaking participants recruited through health workers, counsellors and community leaders in Western Sydney, Australia. The focus groups, conducted in Arabic or English, discussed smoking experiences, family issues and quit attempts. Focus group data were recorded, transcribed and analysed for emerging themes. Results Male smoking was normalised in home, social and religious settings. There was concern about children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), but less concern for adults, particularly wives. Smoking created conflict within families and quit attempts were often made without assistance. There was a lack of enthusiasm for telephone support services with participants suggesting free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and programs in religious settings as potential strategies. Conclusions Smoking is normalised in Arabic-speaking society and is socially acceptable. Strategies to de-normalise smoking, particularly among men, are critical. Ongoing ETS exposure of wives is concerning and suggests the need to empower women to control their exposure. There is an opportunity to create locally tailored interventions by engaging leaders in religious settings and to improve perceptions of telephone support services. So what? Culturally appropriate strategies to de-normalise smoking for Arabic-speaking male smokers are needed together with novel approaches that incorporate families and involve community leaders.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 03/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14030
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed School gardens are a potentially important health promotion tool, allowing the growth and consumption of fruit and vegetables to be embedded within the students' educational experience. This study aimed to investigate the implementation of edible gardens in New Zealand (NZ) primary and secondary schools. Methods A questionnaire mailed to principals from a randomly selected sample of 764 NZ schools included questions on whether or not the school had a garden and, if so, what produce was grown; how long the garden had been in place; how harvested crops were distributed; and curriculum integration. Results Among 491 responding schools (64.3% response rate), 52.9% currently had an edible garden - with most gardens started in the previous two years. Vegetables, herbs and tree fruit were commonly grown. Gardens were integrated into curriculum subjects, cooking lessons, recipes and messages promoting increased fruit and vegetable consumption. Conclusions Edible gardens were common within NZ schools, though often relatively new, and were used for teaching in a variety of curriculum areas. So what? Given the current popularity of school gardens, there are opportunities to deliver health promotion messages regarding consumption of fruit and vegetables, and for these to be reinforced by real life experience growing and preparing healthy food.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 03/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14082
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed What Were We Thinking (WWWT) is a psychoeducation group program for the primary prevention of postnatal mental health problems in women. It addresses two neglected risks for postnatal depression and anxiety: unsettled infant behaviour and adjustments in the partner relationship after the birth of a first baby. WWWT has evidence of efficacy when facilitated by specialist nurses. It is designed to be facilitated by trained nurses as part of standard postnatal primary care. The aim of this study is to assess nurses' understanding of their role in prevention of postnatal mental health problems, the requirements for and feasibility of implementing WWWT, and nurses' current practice and specific training needs. Methods Maternal and Child Health (MCH) coordinators emailed nurses at all Victorian MCH centres an invitation to participate in a study about parent-infant mental health. Semi-structured interviews and group discussions were conducted. Responses were analysed thematically. Results MCH nurses demonstrated a willingness to implement a structured mental health-promotion intervention into clinical practice. Successful implementation will require changes to enable routine attendance of fathers at group sessions and recommendations to parents about the use of infant behaviour management strategies. Conclusions This study contributes to comprehensive knowledge exchange about the implementation of a complex intervention in standard primary care. This knowledge is essential for generating practice-based evidence of the WWWT mental health-promotion program's effectiveness. So what? The findings will inform a training program for WWWT nurse facilitators and the protocol for a cluster randomised control trial (RCT) to test the effectiveness of WWWT in standard postnatal care.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 03/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14062
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed Around one in 10 Australian women report that they smoke while pregnant, and this may be a significant underestimation. In 2013, Australian celebrity Chrissie Swan announced publicly that she had been smoking during her pregnancy, generating substantial media coverage. This study sought to identify the main themes in the reporting of the 'Swan pregnant and admitting smoking' story by online news media. Methods Between 6 February 2013 and 18 February 2013 inclusively, a content analysis was conducted of Australian online news items using the keywords: 'Chrissie Swan smoking', and 'Chrissie Swan pregnant and smoking'. News items were coded for nine themes. Results A total of 124 items were identified. The most frequent themes were: 'celebrity story' (90.32%) and 'societal judgement of pregnant smokers' (69.35%). Less than one-half (45.97%) of the news items included 'quitting is hard' content and only 29.03% of the news items included 'smoking and health' content. Specific quit-referral content was found in only 13.71% of the news items. Conclusions There was a missed opportunity to promote positive, non-judgemental smoking and pregnancy messages and health information that support pregnant women to quit smoking. So what? Health promotion strategies are needed to build capacity in advocacy to promote positive health messages and counter societal judgement of pregnant smokers. Formative research into the use of celebrities and other influential women to promote positive empowering messages should be carried out and incorporated in future health promotion campaigns to improve pregnant women's ability to quit smoking.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 03/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14069
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed Growing evidence shows that higher-density, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods encourage active transport, including transport-related walking. Despite widespread recognition of the benefits of creating more walkable neighbourhoods, there remains a gap between the rhetoric of the need for walkability and the creation of walkable neighbourhoods. Moreover, 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 to assess built environment and urban policy interventions required to achieve increased walkability. This paper describes a demonstration project that aimed to develop, trial and validate 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. The overall aim of the project was to develop an automated geospatial tool capable of creating walkability indices for neighbourhoods at user-specified scales. Methods The tool is based on open-source software architecture, within the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) framework, and incorporates key sub-component spatial measures of walkability (street connectivity, density and land use mix). Results Using state-based data, we demonstrated it was possible to create an automated walkability index. However, due to the lack of availability of consistent of national data measuring land use mix, at this stage it has not been possible to create a national walkability measure. The next stage of the project is to increase useability of the tool within the AURIN portal and to explore options for alternative spatial data sources that will enable the development of a valid national walkability index. Conclusion AURIN's open-source Walkability Index Tool is a first step in demonstrating the potential benefit of a tool that could measure walkability across Australia. It also demonstrates the value of making accurate spatial data available for research purposes. So what? There remains a gap between urban policy and practice, in terms of creating walkable neighbourhoods. When fully implemented, AURIN's walkability tool could be used to benchmark Australian cities against which planning and urban design decisions could be assessed to monitor progress towards achieving policy goals. Making cleaned data readily available for research purposes through a common portal could also save time and financial resources.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14050
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed This study examined the association between domains of quality of life (QoL) and the frequency of cycling by men and women. Method A cross-sectional survey of 846 healthy adults in Sydney, Australia measured cycling behaviour and self-reported QoL. Participants were aged 18-55 years and were living within 5km of the centre. Cycling frequency for all purposes was recorded as weekly, less than weekly or never cycling. QoL was measured using the four QoL domains of the WHOQOL-BREF: physical psychological, social and environment. Linear regression was used to assess the association between cycling and QoL. Results Among men, at least weekly cycling was associated with physical QoL (P=0.002) and any cycling was positively associated with psychological wellbeing (at least weekly P=0.01, less than weekly P=0.01) after adjusting for age, education and income. No significant associations were observed for women. Conclusion Frequent cycling was associated with higher physical and psychological QoL in men, but not among women in this sample. No relationship was observed between cycling and the environment and social QoL domains. So what? These findings suggest that cycling offers physical and psychological QoL benefits for men.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14053
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a lifestyle modification program that promotes healthy diet, physical activity and stress management techniques. Among US CHIP participants, differences in gender responsiveness to improvements in chronic disease risk factors were demonstrated. This study examined gender differences in outcomes to the CHIP intervention in Australasia. Methods Changes in body weight, blood pressure (BP), blood lipid profile and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) were assessed in 925 participants (34.3% men, mean age=56.0±12.5 years; 65.7% women, mean age=54.4±13.5 years) 30 days after program commencement. Results Significant reductions (P<0.001) in all biometrics measured were found for men and women but were greater among men for total (TC) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides (TG), FPG, body mass index (BMI) and TC/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) ratio. Participants with highest baseline classifications of BMI, systolic BP, blood lipids and FPG showed greatest reductions in 30 days. Conclusions CHIP more effectively reduced chronic disease risk factors among men than women. All participants, but particularly men, entering the program with the greatest risk achieved the largest reductions. Possible physiological or behavioural factors include food preferences, making commitments and differential support modes. So what? Developers of lifestyle intervention programs should consider gender differences in physiological and behavioural factors when planning interventions. In particular, developers should manage expectations of people entering lifestyle interventions to increase awareness that men tend to respond better than women. In addition, this is a call for further research to identify the underlying mechanisms responsible for the disproportionate responsiveness of males.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14041
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    ABSTRACT: Children walking to school, people cycling to the shops or work and neighbours chatting in the street, these are some of the gauges of an active and healthy community that can be achieved through utilising good design principles. But are these principles being applied in urban developments or are policy-makers following a 'path dependent' trajectory that severely limits the best practice outcomes sought? This review examines current research on path dependence to determine how this concept advances our understanding of barriers to change in the built environment, active transport and healthy communities. An online database search of scholarly bibliographic records identified 22 relevant articles for a critical review of studies that evaluated path dependence in the urban and built environment literature with a focus on transport, urban planning and health. A thematic analysis of the articles showed that different types of path dependence have contributed to the dominance of policies and designs supporting car-based transport to the detriment of public transport and active transport modes, leading to sub-optimal development patterns becoming 'locked-in'. However, the outcomes for active transport and physical activity are not all dire, and path dependence theory does provide some guidance on changing policy to achieve better outcomes. This review suggests that path dependence is one of the best theoretical frameworks to help health promoters understand barriers to change and can provide insights into developing future successful public health interventions. Future studies could focus further on active transport, local neighbourhood development and physical activity.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14042
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    ABSTRACT: Issues Addressed Neighbourhood characteristics have been linked to a range of health outcomes, including mental health. Despite the growth of master planned estates (MPEs) within Australia, few studies have investigated the physical and social correlates of mental health in residents of new housing developments. Methods This study aimed to identify the facilitators of, and barriers to, mentally healthy neighbourhoods using focus groups with residents of MPEs in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Focus group interviews were analysed using qualitative research software package QSR NVivo. Results and Conclusions Results suggest that mental health is strongly influenced by a sense of community and security, as well as an aesthetically pleasing environment. Residents of MPEs may experience a strong sense of community due to similarities in life-stage and the community building efforts of property developers. Expanding population size, social exclusion, and insufficient services may negatively affect the mental health of residents in MPEs. So what? Identifying correlates of mentally healthy neighbourhoods may help urban planners design residential areas that promote healthy living.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14036
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14051
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14037
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    ABSTRACT: Issues addressed This project addressed the sexual health and well being of youth in Samoa; a key at-risk group experiencing high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and alienation from sexual health services. Methods Love Bugs included a health promotion event held at the National University of Samoa (NUS), exposing young people to sexual health information and developing personal skills and building self-efficacy around healthy relationships, communication and safer sex. A survey provided insights into participants' knowledge and perceptions of sexual health, STIs and healthy relationships. In response to survey results, six free condom dispensers were installed at NUS. Results Love Bugs exposed over 500 Samoan youth to positive sexual health information and provided an opportunity for personal skill development with regard to protecting sexual health and well being. Condom dispensers were developed and installed on the university campus for the ongoing access by students without concern of cost or embarrassment. Strong partnerships were built between key community and government stakeholders that encouraged collaborative action towards protecting sexual health and well being of Samoan youth. Conclusions Love Bugs was a successful initiative which addressed sexual health and well being of young people in Samoa. A comprehensive evaluation should be undertaken. So what? Love Bugs highlighted creative and culturally-appropriate ways to address sexual health in the Pacific. Rates of STIs and unplanned pregnancies, particularly for youth, could be reduced through investment in the implementation and evaluation of such initiatives.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14055
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14045
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    ABSTRACT: As populations across the globe face an increasing health burden from rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases, health professionals are collaborating with urban planners to influence city design that supports healthy ways of living. This paper details the establishment and operation of an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together urban planning and health. Situated in a built environment faculty at one of Australia's most prestigious universities, the Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP) partners planning academics, a health non-government organisation, local councils and private planning consultants in a state government health department funded consortium. The HBEP focuses on three strategic areas: research, workforce development and education, and leadership and advocacy. Interdisciplinary research includes a comprehensive literature review that establishes Australian-based evidence to support the development, prioritisation and implementation of healthy built environment policies and practices. Another ongoing study examines the design features, social interventions and locational qualities that positively benefit human health. Formal courses, workshops, public lectures and e-learning develop professional capacity, as well as skills in interdisciplinary practice to support productive collaborations between health professionals and planners. The third area involves working with government and non-government agencies, and the private sector and the community, to advocate closer links between health and the built environment. Our paper presents an overview of the HBEP's major achievements. We conclude with a critical review of the challenges, revealing lessons in bringing health and planning closer together to create health-supportive cities for the 21st century.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14039
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    ABSTRACT: Issue Addressed Using the known health impacts of physical activity (PA), levels of incidental PA in Melbourne were analysed, and after determining key behavioural associations, economic modelling estimated potential long-term health and economic benefits of changes in active transport (AT) patterns. Methods A cross-sectional survey (VISTA07-08) obtained daily travel data from 29840 individuals of all ages in Melbourne evenly spread over 364 days of the year. Correlates of adequate PA were analysed. The health and economic impact of changes in AT from postulated changes in (1) mode of transport, and (2) transport use by urban sub-region, were modelled. Results 15.1% of individuals had adequate incidental PA. Private vehicle users averaged 10.0min PA, public transport users 35.2min and walkers/cyclists 38.3min daily. Distance from city centre was strongly inversely correlated with adequate PA. Conservative modelling of postulated changes in AT patterns found annual savings of 34-272 deaths, 114-903 new cases of disease and 442-3511 DALYs. Lifetime savings accounted for 17300-70100 days of home-based/leisure time production, and savings of $1.5-12.2million in the health sector and $2.9-22.9million in production. Conclusions Public transport users, walkers, cyclists and those living closer to the city centre were more likely to gain travel-related PA sufficient for health benefits. Both transport mode and urban location were associated with levels of travel-related PA that have significant health and financial impacts. So what? Improving population levels of incidental PA may improve health and economic outcomes. This may require changes in urban and transport infrastructure.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 12/2014; DOI:10.1071/HE14057
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 09/2014; 25(2). DOI:10.1071/HE14046