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Aust youth smoking rates at ‘record low’

Australian adolescent smoking rates are at a record low, but experts say constant vigilance is needed to combat new tobacco marketing strategies. They attribute the drop to rising cigarette prices, smoke-free environment and advertising policies, plain packaging, and restrictions on adolescents’ access to tobacco. A perspective paper, published in the journal Public Health Research & Practice, […]

SBS World News

Pet dogs could pose Hendra risk

CONCERN that humans could be put at risk by pets infected with Hendra virus has led NSW authorities to change quarantine regulations to enforce isolation of exposed companion animals. This follows an outbreak in July 2013 on the NSW mid-north coast in which a dog at one of four affected properties tested positive for Hendra virus […]

Medical Observer

GPs and OzDoc top list of Twitter influencers

A number of individual GPs and Australian Doctor have been highlighted as among the most influential Twitter users in the health and medical fields. A list analysing the top 10 Australian Twitter accounts in health and medicine has been compiled by University of Sydney public health researchers Professor Simon Chapman and Dr Becky Freeman. The researchers took […]

Leave the anti-vaxers alone, says academic

Attacking anti-vaccination activists could have an unintended consequence of drawing attention to their argument and alienating parents who “sit on the fence”, says a public health expert. It’s better to play the issue, not the opponent, says Associate Professor Julie Leask, whose views are at odds with pro-vaccination lobby groups like Stop the AVN. While […]

Vaccine expert Julie Leask says internet outrage about vaccination risks make problem worse

Don’t feed the trolls. It’s advice always better heeded than not, but one of Australia’s immunisation experts says it is particularly important when it comes to vaccine deniers. University of Sydney Associate Professor Julie Leask says the trend towards collective moral outrage about people who don’t vaccinate their children risks making the problem worse. Read […]

The Sydney Morning Herald

How you get to work, your health and are cities really liveable?

Researchers studied the daily incidental physical activity of people living in Melbourne. They investigated health and economic impacts of mode of transport and suburban location. And there is also an attempt underway to devise liveable indicators for cities that take health into account and which can be based in urban design and planning cities that […]

The Health Report

What makes a city liveable? Some answers from a new public health journal

A new online, open access journal, Public Health Research and Practice, has been launched by the Sax Institute. You can find out more about it below from editor Anne Messenger, who is also tweeting this week for @WePublicHealth. Read the full article on the Croakey website.      


Canberra to participate in national health study on liveable cities

The ACT will participate in a major study to measure the liveability of Australian cities and what planning measures have the best impact on the health of residents. The National Liveability Study will measure “liveability” from a health perspective and will look at five indicators such as access to transport, public open spaces, “walkability” as […]

The Canberra Times