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E-cigarettes may pose passive smoking risk; action needed on continuing asbestos exposure

15 April 2016: E-cigarette vapour can contain harmful chemicals with known adverse health effects and may pose a passive smoking risk, particularly for vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women, according to a study published today in the journal Public Health Research & Practice. Researchers from Health Protection NSW reviewed the current evidence on […]

Youth smoking rates in NSW hit an all-time low

28 January 2016: Youth smoking in NSW has dropped to its lowest rate ever, with only 6.7% of adolescents aged 12−17 years describing themselves as heavy, light or occasional smokers, a paper published today in the journal Public Health Research & Practice shows. The perspectives paper, by authors from the Cancer Institute NSW and the […]

Quarantine controls tightened after pet dog infected with Hendra virus

30 September 2015: The first NSW case of Hendra virus (HeV) infection in a pet dog has resulted in the State’s authorities introducing strict quarantine measures for all companion animals during outbreaks. The case and the measures introduced to respond to it are outlined in the latest issue of the journal Public Health Research & […]

Latest issue: New cancer statistics show smoking is still key; Australia’s top 10 health and medicine Twitter accounts

9 July 2015: Smoking is responsible for an increasing proportion of cancer deaths in NSW women and lung cancer has now overtaken breast cancer as the largest cause of female cancer death, new figures published in the journal Public Health Research & Practice show. Researchers from the Cancer Institute NSW and the World Lung Foundation […]

Latest issue out now: challenges in public health communication

30 March 2015: Issue 2 of Australia’s newest online-only, open-access public health journal, Public Health Research & Practice, addresses current challenges in communicating and promoting public health messages. Themed contents Reflections on a 38-year career in public health advocacy: 10 tips for new players Simon Chapman, Guest Editor “Sunlight makes a very strong antiseptic for […]

How healthy are our cities? World-first Australian project aims to find out

28 November 2014: A major national research project about to get under way will allow us to measure for the first time how “liveable” Australian cities are in terms of the impact they have on our health. The National Liveability Study, outlined in today’s issue of the journal Public Health Research & Practice, will develop […]