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Systems science – the new way of thinking?

August 20, 2015

In this fourth instalment on the CEIPS (Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science) seminar series Rebecca Zosel delves into the world of systems science and public health. What is systems thinking? How should we apply it? Or has the systems approach already run out of time to prove it’s worth? Rebecca Zosel writes: In […]

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

August 18, 2015 1 Comment

The complexities for public health messaging around women drinking during pregnancy have been highlighted by new research undertaken at the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre. The study found that women are receiving, and actively interpreting, contradictory information about the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant from a number of sources. The qualitative […]

Can a citizen’s jury transform obesity policy?

August 17, 2015 1 Comment

A recent announcement that VicHealth will run a citizen’s jury to look at solutions to obesity was not met with support from all in the health setting. Criticisms include questions around the influence of the final report. In this post Jerril Rechter, CEO of Vic Health explains that with rising rates of overweight and obesity, […]

Scores that count: On the role of outcomes reporting in improving healthcare

July 30, 2015 1 Comment

The idea of open and transparent outcome reporting has been around for a while now. Suggested drivers for such reporting have included service improvement and enhancing patient choice. In this article, Dr Andrew Weatherall demonstrates why, to date, publicly available scorecard reporting has been met with scepticism by clinicians in Australia. In a nutshell, a […]

Evaluating public health interventions: an urban regeneration case study

Evaluating public health interventions: an urban regeneration case study

July 10, 2015 2 Comments

How do we evaluate complex health interventions? It is not a new question, as our understanding of the complex nature of health and its determinants has grown, so too has the search for an evidence-based approach. Does a focus on housing and environment work to improve health? How will we know?  Thankfully a new study in […]

Grindr – The app that has become part of the sexual health solution

Grindr – The app that has become part of the sexual health solution

July 9, 2015

Many thanks to Melissa Stoneham and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) for the latest instalment from Journal Watch. Melissa Stoneham writes: It is a common debate – does sex sell? I would have to say that I am of the opinion that sex does in fact sell in certain circumstances. Let’s take Miley […]

Federal health budget review: “There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations”

July 8, 2015

Many thanks to Dr Lesley Russell for this insightful analysis of the federal health budget. Dr Russell writes: Every year since 2007 I have done a detailed analysis of the health provisions in the federal budget.  I do this in the light of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding and support my work, […]

The tyranny of being an existing service provider: a view from inside the NDIS

July 7, 2015

Many thanks to The Power to Persuade for allowing us to cross post this piece by Jeff Thompson. Jeff Thompson is community development manager at a disability service provider in the ACT. In this post he explains the implications of the NDIS for existing service providers in an environment that favours the “new” over the known. […]

The power of data on the nitty-gritty of public health practice

June 13, 2015

Rebecca Zosel writes: The second of the CEIPS (Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science) Seminar Series was delivered by Dr Stephen McKenzie, CEIPS Research Officer on Monday 27 April: ‘Using health promotion practice records to inform practice’. The seminar profiled CEIPS’ long standing efforts to document public health practice so it is visible […]

Organisations unite to fight Budget cuts to vital health services

Organisations unite to fight Budget cuts to vital health services

June 12, 2015

A coalition of 17 peak and non-government organisations from the health and community sectors is calling on the Australian Government to scrap plans to cut nearly $800 million in funding to key health initiatives over the next four financial years. The foreshadowed cuts would drastically reduce the capacity of non-government organisations and peak bodies to […]