Top ten health research publications 2013

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Health section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on Google analytics.

Disability was a key area of interest for Policy Online readers in 2013. This likely reflects its increased political salience, demonstrated by the passing of legislation in late 2013 to create a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Reports on mental health, alcohol, and diabetes were also popular.


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Making it work: a workforce guide for disability service providers

Carmel LaragyPaul RamcharanKaren R. FisherKaren McCrawRobbi Williams | Social Policy Research Centre

27 June 2013 | This guide provides strategies for disability service providers to draw upon when creating and sustaining a workforce of support workers to meet the aims of DisabilityCare Australia and implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Visits: 1433



Acting early, changing lives: how prevention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing

Tim MooreMyfanwy McDonald | Benevolent Society

9 October 2013 | The Benevolent Society has released a report to mark its 200th Anniversary that sounds a serious warning about the wellbeing of Australia’s children, and unsustainable future costs to fix social problems which can be prevented by more investment in support for families during children's early years.

Visits: 942



Managing madness: mental health and complexity in public policy

Sebastian RosenbergIan Hickie | Evidence Base

12 November 2013 | This paper explores the concept of collaborative care, particularly in relation to a range of new models of organisation and service that are emerging in response to one of the most problematic areas of public policy – mental health.

Visits: 890



The societal costs of alcohol misuse in Australia

Matthew ManningChristine SmithPaul Mazerolle | Australian Institute of Criminology

2 April 2013 | This study provides evidence to policymakers of the societal costs of alcohol misuse, such as costs to the criminal justice system, costs to the health system, costs resulting from lost productivity and costs related to alcohol-related road accidents.

Visits: 805



Australian social trends, April 2013

Australian Bureau of Statistics

9 April 2013 | Released three times a year, Australian Social Trends presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues. The April release includes the articles 'Towns of the mining boom', 'The "average" Australian?', 'Doctors and Nurses' and 'Young adults: Then and now'.

Visits: 747



How integrated are homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia? Final report

Paul Flatau | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

13 May 2013 | This is the final report of a project that focused on the integration of mental health and drug and alcohol services for homeless people in two states and documented the mechanisms and effectiveness of such linkages.

Visits: 667



Building an industry of choice: service quality, workforce capacity and consumer-centred funding in disability care

Natasha Cortis | Social Policy Research Centre

13 March 2013 | In recent years, to improve outcomes for people with disabilities and the efficiency of services, government agencies have developed and trialled a range of market-based funding models within which ‘choice’ and ‘control’ are key principles.  This report is concerned with the impact of these funding models on disability services workers, with particular focus on their capacity to provide high quality services.

Visits: 647



Young people, social media, social network sites and sexual health communication in Australia

Clifton Westly EversKath AlburyPaul ByronKate Crawford | International Journal of Communication

16 May 2013 | This article presents and discusses the findings from six rural and urban focus groups with young people in Australia about the use of social media and social network sites for sexual health communication.

Visits: 629



The Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study

Stephanie K Tanamas | Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

19 August 2013 | This is the first national Australian longitudinal population-based study to examine the prevalence and incidence of diabetes and its complications, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease.

Visits: 604



Top ten health research publications 2013

Australian Policy Online

18 December 2013 | The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Health section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits.

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