Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals; Australian Health Promotion Association, CSIRO Publishing

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Current impact factor: 0.59

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5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 5.90
Immediacy index 0.20
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Health Promotion Journal of Australia website
ISSN 1036-1073
OCLC 37169607
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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CSIRO Publishing

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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed Flipcharts are widely used as education tools in Indigenous health but there is no published quantitative data on their use. As respiratory illness is the most frequent reason for hospitalisation of young children, we developed culturally sensitive flipcharts to educate carers of children on the 3 most common serious respiratory illness (bronchiolitis, pneumonia and bronchiectasis) affecting Indigenous children in the Northern Territory. In this study, we aimed to determine if use of these flipcharts improved the knowledge of these respiratory conditions among carers of Indigenous children admitted to the Royal Darwin Hospital. Methods We assessed the knowledge of 60 carers pre- and post-flipchart education using a questionnaire. Pre- and post- flipchart education scores for the three illnesses were combined and were compared using non-parametric analyses. Results Most carers were mothers (n=43, 72%) aged between 20-40 years (n=54, 90%) and lived in a remote community (n=53, 88%). Knowledge of all respiratory conditions improved post education: median scores pre=8 (Interquartile range 6, 10); post=12 (10, 14), P=<0.0001. Conclusions The use of culturally appropriate educational flipcharts improves the knowledge of respiratory conditions among carers of Indigenous children hospitalised with common serious respiratory illness. So what? 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 the use of culturally-appropriate flipcharts is an effective method of providing health education.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 04/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14100
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed Community-based lifestyle modification programs can be a valuable strategy to reduce risk factors for chronic disease. However, few government-funded programs report their results in the peer-reviewed literature. Our aim was to report on the effectiveness of the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program, a program funded under the Australian government's Healthy Communities Initiative. Methods Participants (n=2827) were recruited to the program from a broad range of backgrounds and each week completed an hour of group-based physical activity followed by an hour of lifestyle education for 8 weeks. Physical activity, sitting time, fruit and vegetable consumption, anthropometric measures, blood pressure and functional capacity data were gathered at baseline and post-program. Results HEAL™ participation resulted in significant acute improvements in frequency and volume of physical activity, reductions in daily sitting time and increases in fruit and vegetable consumption. HEAL™ participation led to reductions in total body mass, body mass index, waist circumference and blood pressure and to improvements in functional capacity (P<0.001). Conclusions Based on these findings and the coordinated approach to program delivery, the HEAL™ program warrants consideration as a behaviour change strategy in primary health care networks, local government or community settings. So what? These findings should inform future policy development around implementation of lifestyle modification programs; they strengthen the case for support and promotion of lifestyle modification programs to improve public health, lessening the financial and personal burden of chronic conditions.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 04/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14031
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    ABSTRACT: Issues addressed: Hand hygiene in hospitals is vital to limit the spread of infections. This study aimed to identify key beliefs underlying hospital nurses’ hand-hygiene decisions to consolidate strategies that encourage compliance. Methods: Informed by a theory of planned behaviour belief framework, nurses from 50 Australian hospitals (n = 797) responded to how likely behavioural beliefs (advantages and disadvantages), normative beliefs (important referents) and control beliefs (barriers) impacted on their hand-hygiene decisions following the introduction of a national ‘5 moments for hand hygiene’ initiative. Two weeks after completing the survey, they reported their hand-hygiene adherence. Stepwise regression analyses identified key beliefs that determined nurses’ hand-hygiene behaviour. Results: Reducing the chance of infection for co-workers influenced nurses’ hygiene behaviour, with lack of time and forgetfulness identified as barriers. Conclusions: Future efforts to improve hand hygiene should highlight the potential impact on colleagues and consider strategies to combat time constraints, as well as implementing workplace reminders to prompt greater hand-hygiene compliance. So what?: Rather than emphasising the health of self and patients in efforts to encourage hand-hygiene practices, a focus on peer protection should be adopted and more effective workplace reminders should be implemented to combat forgetting.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 04/2015; 26(1):74-78. DOI:10.1071/HE14059
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed The prevalence of tobacco smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia is comparatively high. To help combat this, an Aboriginal-specific social marketing campaign, 'Give up smokes for good', was piloted in South Australia in 2011. Methods To evaluate the campaign, a face-to-face survey was conducted with two samples of convenience through Aboriginal Health services in South Australia (city and regional locations; n=190). Surveys assessed the cultural appropriateness of the campaign, campaign awareness and recognition, knowledge of the harms of smoking and smoking/quit smoking behaviours. Results Campaign awareness was high with 76.3% of participants aware of at least one aspect of the campaign. Participants indicated campaign materials (posters and radio ads) to be culturally appropriate. Knowledge that smoking and passive smoking caused illness was high (85.8% and 86.8%); however, knowledge of specific illnesses was not as high. Large proportions of participants had imposed bans on smoking in homes (73.2%) and in cars (75.9%). Conclusions Our findings suggest the 'Give up smokes for good' campaign reached the intended audience with high levels of campaign awareness. Results also suggest the pilot campaign made progress in achieving its communication objectives. So what? High quality, culturally targeted anti-tobacco poster and radio campaigns can be effective ways to reach Aboriginal Australians. Future research could explore the impact of this type of social marketing campaign, particularly in regards to the impact on quitting intention and behaviour.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 04/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14066
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed The evaluation of health promotion training for the Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal maternal and child health (MCH) sector. Methods Fifty-one MCH professionals from five regions in WA who attended one of three health promotion short courses in 2012-2013 were invited to complete an online survey or a telephone interview, between 4 to 17 months post-course. Respondents were asked how they had utilised the information and resources from the training and to identify the enabling factors or barriers to integrating health promotion into their work practices subsequently. Results Overall response rate was 33% (n=17); 94% of respondents reported they had utilised the information and resources from the course and 76% had undertaken health promotion activities since attending the course. Building contacts with other MCH providers and access to planning tools were identified as valuable components of the course. Barriers to translating knowledge into practice included financial constraints and lack of organisational support for health promotion activity. Conclusions Health promotion training provides participants with the skills and confidence to deliver health promotion strategies in their communities. The training presents an opportunity to build health professionals' capacity to address some determinants of poor health outcomes among pregnant Aboriginal women and their babies. So what? Training would be enhanced if accompanied by ongoing support for participants to integrate health promotion into their work practice, organisational development including health promotion training for senior management, establishing stronger referral pathways among partner organisations to support continuity of care and embedding training into MCH workforce curricula.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 03/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14032
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    ABSTRACT: Issues addressed The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) was introduced in Australia in 2006, offering free immunochemical Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) to persons aged 50, 55 or 65. The study aimed to examine the prevalence of self-reported screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) using the FOBT and factors associated with not having an FOBT. Methods A cross-sectional study of Australian general practice patients aged 50 and over with no personal history of CRC completed a health risk survey while waiting for scheduled appointments between November 2010 and November 2011. Results A total of 5671 patients from 12 practices were approached to participate. Of the 4707 eligible patients (adults attending for care who understood English and were capable of providing informed consent), 4062 (86%) consented to participate, with 2269 eligible to complete the FOBT items. Approximately half (52%) of participants reported ever having an FOBT. More than one-third (39.7%) of the sample reported having an FOBT in the prior three years. Those who recalled receiving a mailed kit as part of the NBCSP were five times more likely to report being screened. Those less likely to report screening were aged 50-59 years, were female and had been diagnosed with a form of cancer other than CRC. Conclusions There is justification for the extension of the NBCSP to ensure a majority of the age-appropriate population is screened for CRC. So what? Further work is needed to identify whether high rates of screening are achievable using the mailed-kit approach, and how to increase participation by females, those aged 50-69 years and those diagnosed with other cancers.
    Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 03/2015; DOI:10.1071/HE14058
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    ABSTRACT: Issue addressed: Evidence suggests that physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) participation varies among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) adolescents. This study examined differences in PA and SB among a CALD sample of Chinese-Australian, South-East Asian and Anglo-Australian adolescents. Methods: Data from 286 adolescents aged 12-16 years involved in the Chinese and Australian Adolescent Health Survey in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia were analysed. Accelerometry outcomes included median activity counts per minute (count.min-1) and minutes per day (min.d-1) spent in light-intensity PA (LPA), moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary time (ST). Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance and sequential multiple hierarchical linear regressions were used to examine CALD differences in PA and ST. Results: Multivariate analyses of accelerometry data found Chinese-Australian and South-East Asian adolescents engaged in significantly less daily MVPA (5-8 min.d-1) and LPA (50-58 min.d-1) (P<0.05) but greater daily ST (40-41 min.d-1) compared to Anglo-Australian adolescents, after adjusting for age, gender and socioeconomic category. Conclusion: The results demonstrate lower engagement in daily MVPA and LPA and greater engagement in ST using accelerometry, among Chinese-Australian and South-East Asian adolescents compared to Anglo-Australian adolescents. These findings have important public health implications in furthering our understanding of CALD differences in PA and SB.
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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
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 01/2015; 26(1). DOI:10.1071/HE14035
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 01/2015; 26(1). DOI:10.1071/HE14049
  • Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals 01/2015; 26(1). DOI:10.1071/HE14010
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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