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Pester Power proven

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Stoneham for this month’s JournalWatch. A little condolence for anyone who has ever experienced the joy of taking a toddler to the supermarket…. Dr Stoneham writes: Being a parent of two young children, I was often required to do my grocery shopping with the kids in tow. I remember one [...]

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The Health Wrap: nutrition news; research milestones; prescribing problems

What’s new in public health? Following a drop in public health expenditure by OECD nations during the global financial crisis, spending is beginning to gather pace again, according to an article on Public Finance International website. In Australia, there is some good news emerging from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Ross Gittins wrote [...]

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FIFO/DIDO workers and health services in rural & remote Australia

The rapid growth in the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workforce in Australia’s rural and remote areas has been accompanied by claims that FIFO/DIDO workers, particularly miners and other resources sector workers, place substantial burdens on rural/remote health services. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service examines the [...]

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Celebrating the centenary of the MJA – with some groove (check it out)

I am writing this while en route to Sydney for a symposium celebrating the centenary of The Medical Journal of Australia where we will be talking about the history and future of medical publishing (follow the discussions at #MJA100). Given that controversies in medical publishing will be up for discussion, no doubt we will be [...]

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No – sorry. I can’t exercise today because of my hair.

The latest  JournalWatch  by Dr Melissa Stoneham, PHAIWA,  looks at one of the lesser known reasons for avoiding exercise…….. Dr Stoneham writes: Ok, so I admit it. I used to be a gym junkie. I would fret when I missed a session. But I can’t say that my hair was ever a reason to skip a [...]

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Letting your kids play: do we need to overcome the precious parent/advocate syndrome?

Croakey regularly features a “must read” article from the JournalWatch service of The Public Health Advocacy Institute WA. This month’s is particularly timely, following the release of the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The report card delivered Australian children a D minus, finding that 80 per [...]

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Public health advocacy lessons from the solarium ban campaign

Public health advocacy can affect the health status and quality of life of entire populations, but rarely receives the same level of scrutiny as do medical procedures or pharmaceuticals.  In the latest JournalWatch, Dr Melissa Stoneham uses an article on the banning of solariums in Australia to analyse the advocacy process and highlight some key [...]

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Your relationship with scales…..

Those of us who have more than once decided to watch our weight, know that the bathroom scales can be both friend and foe. Consequently advice on how often those who are dieting should check their weight varies.  In this PHAIWA JournalWatch, Dr Melissa Stoneham explores a recent study on the impact of watching the [...]

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Smartphones – An opportunity for public health

Anyone who spends anytime on public transport in Melbourne will recognise the power of the smartphone. The endless sea of heads bent over tiny screens  reading / texting /  gaming / tweeting.  If only someone could harness the power of these attention demanding devices for the public good? In this month’s journal watch Dr Melissa [...]

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It is not just parents of young children who suffer from sleep debt!

It’s free, evidence-based and can improve your memory, increase your ability to concentrate, strengthen your immune system and decrease your risk of being killed in accidents. We’re not talking about the latest wonder drug here but the practice of getting a regular 8 hours of sleep a night.  Despite the multiple benefits of adequate sleep [...]

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