Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Refugees cite separation from family as an important source of stress and sadness in their lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many secondary school students regret having sex after drinking too much alcohol.
Rising energy costs affect ambulance safety.
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.
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.
A do-it-yourself test using common household items could assist parents and caregivers in determining the adequate firmness of infant mattresses.
More than 50% of Indigenous people in Queensland prisons need treatment for alcohol-related problems.
Testing of immigrants could reduce TB in Australia, but raises ethical questions.
Aboriginal ex-prisoners have a higher risk of death when in the community than non-Aboriginal ex-prisoners in Australia
Our bodies need about two litres of fluids per day, not two litres of water specifically.
Alcohol companies create, package and promote products aimed at young people. These companies use approaches similar to those of tobacco companies; they have close links with the tobacco industry; and while they target young people they should have the same pariah status.