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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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Backyard Renovators Beware!

Essential reading on asbestos exposure for home handypersons or anyone considering their own home renovations. Dr Melissa Stoneham reports on a new study showing that the majority of people undertaking DIY renovations are failing to protect themselves from the dangers of asbestos. She writes: With home improvement shows such as House Rules, Backyard Blitz and [...]

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HIV remains a public health threat: Journal Watch

Time again for this months “must read” article from the Journal Watch service of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA. This month a reminder that HIV remains a major public health issue and that there is no place for the complacency that seems to have arisen in developed countries.  Dr Melissa Stoneham writes: Globally, [...]

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Marketing of milks for infants and young children: Effective regulation is urgent

Many thanks to Libby Salmon BVSc, MVCS, Visiting Fellow, ACERH ANU, Julie Smith, PhD. B. Econs (Hons)/B.A and Joy Heads OAM, Midwife, MHPEd, IBCLC®, FILCA for this contribution to the discussion on infant nutrition.   Australia may be at the forefront of tobacco control worldwide, but has dropped the ball in relation to global efforts to protect breastfeeding from [...]

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Why it’s a “no brainer” that community gardens should be built into urban design

People who participate in community gardening are more likely to be in a healthy weight range than people from comparable backgrounds who are not involved with community gardens, a study in the US has found.  It’s worth noting though that the design of the study means it is capable only of showing an association between [...]

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Telephone coaching – a new study highlights its benefits (and costs)

A new study published in the Australian Health Review has found that telephone coaching can help people with chronic diseases to self-manage their conditions and may be particularly useful in targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.  However, the study author has warned against making assumptions about the cost of coaching relative to other forms of care, [...]

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A need for more vaccination advocacy

Should the public health community be doing more to promote the benefits of vaccination? Yes, says Dr Melissa Stoneham from the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA. In the latest edition of JournalWatch, she reviews recent research on the transmission of measles and measles vaccination rates in Australia. Are we heading for a measles outbreak, due [...]

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