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June 04, 2014

Remote school gardens for Indigenous kids

Gardens in remote schools could boost students’ healthy eating habits at a low cost.

This is the finding from a study published in the June issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Andrew Hume from Menzies School of Health Research, led the study that tested a novel, low-cost program to get remote schools started in gardening and nutrition.

April 02, 2014

Gastro outbreaks hit elderly hardest

Frail elderly people living in residential care facilities are at increased risk of severe illness or death from outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis.

This is the finding from a study led by Craig Davis from Department of Health Queensland, published in the April issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

April 02, 2014

Unplanned pregnancy remains high among young Australian women

Despite high rates of contraceptive use, unwanted pregnancies resulting in terminations remain high among young women.

In an article in the April issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Danielle Mazza from Monash University, and colleagues, examine the paradox of high rates of contraceptive use, over the counter availability of emergency contraception and unplanned pregnancy.

February 11, 2014

Elderly obese have higher risk of falling

Older obese individuals have an increased risk of falling and most believe nothing can be done to prevent it.

This is the finding from a study published in the February issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

February 11, 2014

It costs to eat healthy and sustainably

A healthy and sustainable diet is out of reach for people on a low income.

This is the finding of a study published in the February issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

December 03, 2013

Don’t just treat the disease – find the cause

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is under pressure to increase funding to combat the social issues that influence health.  In the December issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Professor Fran Baum and colleagues suggest some steps towards improving funding for health research.

December 03, 2013

Young adults who drink before going out are putting themselves at increased risk

This is the finding from a study published in the December issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.  Pre-drinking (drinking alcohol before going out to venues such as bars, pubs or clubs) is increasingly recognised as part of young adults’ drinking culture, according to lead author Sarah MacLean, from University of Melbourne.

October 02, 2013

Australia’s antibiotic crisis

Resistance to antibiotics is fast evolving into a global public health crisis. Professor Chris Del Mar from Bond University said increased resistance may mean that many routine infections could not be treated with antibiotics. Major surgery, organ transplantation and cancer chemotherapy could potentially become out of safe reach.

October 02, 2013

Measles vaccination hits the spot

A more mobile work force is increasing the risk of measles outbreaks. Paul Burgess from NT Centre for Disease Control, and colleagues, used a case study of ‘fly-in fly-out’ workers on an offshore industrial vessel to highlight how easy it is for measles to spread over large distances, both domestically and internationally.

July 30, 2013

Cigarettes cheaper in lower income areas

Cigarettes are more widely available and cheaper in the most disadvantaged suburbs. Relatively little attention has been paid to the potential impact that tobacco retailing regulation could have on smoking prevalence in Australia, particularly in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage.

July 30, 2013

Refugees feel stress being separated from family

Refugees cite separation from family as an important source of stress and sadness in their lives.

June 04, 2013

Wind turbine “disease” based on study of just one boy

Anti-wind farm activists claim that ‘vibroacoustic disease’ is caused by wind turbines. This claim is based on a flimsy case report of just one boy whose only described symptom was problems concentrating at school. This is the finding from a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

June 04, 2013

Being ‘average’ good for your health

Australian men in high or low socioeconomic status groups are less satisfied with their quality of life than those in the middle group. This is the finding from a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

April 02, 2013

Falling over at home a concern for older people

Older people who fall over at home and require ambulance assistance are at higher risk of future falls and associated injuries. This is the finding of a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

April 02, 2013

The cost of quad bike fatalities

Quad bike fatalities have a significant economic impact on Australian society. This is the finding from a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

8:00 AM EST February 05, 2013

Rising energy prices cost us ambulances

Rising energy costs affect ambulance safety.

8:00 AM EST February 05, 2013

Students regret sex

Many secondary school students regret having sex after drinking too much alcohol.

December 12, 2012

Australia driving global immunisation

In the December issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, A/Prof. Ruff and colleagues review Australia’s contributions to global immunisation in an effort to encourage further action and identify ways this might be done.

October 02, 2012

Do-it-yourself safety test could save lives

A do-it-yourself test using common household items could assist parents and caregivers in determining the adequate firmness of infant mattresses.

October 02, 2012

Give kids room to move

More grassed play area available in schools means more physical activity in children. This is the finding from a study published in the October issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

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