Public health

Global health
Population health
Public health interventions
Public health policy
Public health services

This Collection demonstrates Torrens University’s excellence in research that focuses on the equity of the delivery of public health and social services to a diverse population both here in Australia and internationally, and explores social, administrative, and technological responses to these and broader social justice...
Journal article

Improving health literacy: how to succeed

In this editorial, Professor Don Nutbeam argues that health literacy isn't 'failing' people. Rather, government inaction, poor quality health communication and complexity in our health services and information environments make it very difficult for the majority of people to find, understand, appraise and use the...

Inequality of pandemic proportions: State and pharma failures not to be repeated

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its fourth year, this report identifies four key lessons from the failure of States and pharmaceutical companies to comply with their human rights obligations and responsibilities to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines globally.

What works in tobacco harm reduction and vaping

Vaping has become a topical issue in Australia and internationally in recent years. In this report, the authors look at the history of tobacco use, currently available tools to quit, how we came to have nicotine vapes, the current questions and controversies surrounding vaping, and...

Pandemic preparedness for the real world

Other authors
Megan Schmidt-Sane, Melissa Leach, Peter Taylor, Santiago Ripoll, Shandana Khan Mohmand, Syed Abbas, Tabitha Hrynick
The cost of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unknown. Lives directly lost to the disease continue to mount, while related health, livelihood and wellbeing impacts are still being felt. This report presents a framework for a vision of pandemic preparedness for the real world – one...
Journal article

A hidden pandemic? An umbrella review of global evidence on mental health in the time of COVID-19

Other authors
Siobhan O’Dean, Lily Teesson, Julia Boyle, Denise Lim, Andre Nguyen, Alison Calear, Philip Batterham, Kevin Gournay, Maree Teesson
The findings outlined in this article suggest policy-makers and clinicians should not discount the potentially ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual and population mental health, particularly for people who were adolescent, pregnant, post-partum during the pandemic, or were hospitalised with COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on School-based Vaccination Programs module 1, 2 & 3: final report

This evaluation found that overall, pandemic impacts on vaccination uptake in adolescents were relatively limited in Australia compared to other countries. However, the number of adolescent vaccinations given in 2020 and 2021 was lower than in 2019.

Supplementary codes for chronic conditions: evaluation report for population health monitoring

In 2015, a number of supplementary codes for chronic conditions were implemented in admitted patient care data in Australia. This report evaluates the use of the supplementary codes for the purpose of population health monitoring in Australia and provides evidence for including these codes in...

Door-to-door for mental health: a summary report

This report summaries a recent Assisting Communities through Direct Connection (ACDC) Project. The report examines the suitability of the project, and its effectiveness and value for householders and communities.

Data sharing during coronavirus: lessons for government

This report synthesises the lessons from six case studies and other research on government data sharing during the pandemic. It finds that current legislation, such as the Digital Economy Act and UK General Data Protection Regulation, does not constitute a barrier to data sharing.
Briefing paper

Child and family hubs: an important ‘front door’ for equitable support for families across Australia

Other authors
Valsa Eapen, John Eastwood, Rebecca Goodhue, Caitlin Graham, Lauren Heery, Harriet Hiscock, Michael Hodgins, Anne Hollands, Kim Jose, Dana Newcomb, Grainne O'Loughlin, Katarina Ostojic, Emma Sydneham, Sarah Tayton, Sue Woolfenden, Sharon Goldfeld
In this paper, the authors explore what is meant by a child and family hub, and identify core components that underpin the delivery of these hubs that have emerged from Australian and international research.

The unlucky country: life expectancy and health in regional and remote Australia

This report highlights growing health inequality between city and country New South Wales. Those in the state’s far west are twice as likely to die prematurely as their Sydney counterparts, and their deaths are two and a half times more likely to be potentially avoidable.

The Australian Centre for Disease Control (ACDC): highway to health

The authors of this report argue that the Albanese Government’s promised Australian Centre for Disease Control, or ACDC, could provide the wake-up call Australia needs - but only if preventing chronic disease is a core part of its mission.
Working paper

Advancing patient safety governance in the COVID-19 response

Other authors
Niek Klazinga
This report examines how patient safety governance mechanisms in OECD countries have withstood the test of COVID-19 and provides recommendations for countries in further improving patient safety governance and strengthening health system resilience.

The future of food: opportunities to improve health through reformulation

This research sets out to uncover which food categories could be promising targets for reformulation to reduce calorie consumption, and what the main barriers or opportunities to reformulation were for industry and policy-makers

Expansion of telehealth services

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the federal Department of Health and Aged Care has effectively managed the expansion of telehealth services during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.
Journal article

Dose–response associations between modifiable lifestyle behaviours and anxiety, depression and psychological distress symptoms in early adolescence

This paper investigates associations between key modifiable lifestyle behaviours (sleep; physical activity; fruit, vegetable and sugar sweetened beverage consumption; screen time; alcohol use and tobacco use) and mental health among early adolescents in Australia. It finds that while Australian Dietary, Movement and Alcohol Guidelines target...

Smoke without fire: a new vision for vaping policy in the UK

Urgent change and an effective regulatory framework is needed if the UK Government is going to reach its smoke-free goal, reduce health inequalities and diminish the devastating impacts smoking has on people’s lives. This white paper seeks to identify ways of encouraging smokers to switch...

Long COVID in Australia – a review of the literature

Long COVID is a multi-system illness characterised by ongoing persistent symptoms that can last for weeks or months following COVID-19 infection. This review investigates the scale and impact of long COVID in the Australian context.
Journal article

45 and Up COVID Insights: a dynamic and collaborative approach to evidence-making during the COVID-19 pandemic

Other authors
Catherine D’Este, Julia Steinberg, Marianne Weber, Jill Newby, Ding Ding, Bette Liu, Barry Edwards, Andrew Milat, Martin McNamara
This journal article describes a research project that was developed to generate timely, relevant evidence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to guide policy, practice and planning in New South Wales.

Australian Burden of Disease Study 2022

The Australian Burden of Disease Study 2022 includes national estimates for 220 diseases and injuries.

National COVID-19 health management plan for 2023

This strategy document outlines the Australian government health supports to manage COVID-19 over the next 12 months. These health supports have been informed by the likely 2023 Australian epidemiological outlook and advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

Getting better? Health and the labour market

This report looks specifically at health as a major determinant of the labour market, and one that needs to be better understood – particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telling the story of arts and health in South Australia

This report details the history of arts and health in South Australia, exploring how local work came to national prominence and inspired the National Arts and Health Framework.
Discussion paper

Inquiry into Long Covid and repeated Covid infections: issues paper

This issues paper has been released to provide interested parties with an update on the Committee’s inquiry to date, and also to identify some of the issues and themes emerging from the Committee’s preliminary investigations and to highlight gaps and areas that the Committee intends...