Public health evaluation


Journal article

Patient expectations: searching websites on how to apply to access medical records

Patients who want to know how to access their medical records from a health organization’s website have certain expectations about what must be included to assist in this process. The purpose of this article is to detail patient expectations of a health care organization website...

Health in the climate emergency: a global perspective

Climate change is a global health emergency. In this report, the InterAcademy Partnership reaffirms the top priority must be to stabilise the climate and accelerate efforts to limit carbon emissions as soon as possible, with the aim of attaining the agreed target of a zero-carbon...
Journal article

Understanding for whom, how and why Sydney Local Health District’s integrated response was effective in addressing COVID-19: a critical realist qualitative study

Australia has been comparatively effective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The Sydney Local Health District [SLHD] used a “whole of health” integrated approach to respond to the pandemic. The aim of this study was to understand for whom, how and why this response worked...

Journal article

Capability for practice: rethinking nursing education to promote self-care and resilience

Recent prompts to consider a rethink of resilience in nursing practice and education serve as a timely cue to reflect more broadly on the nursing curricula developed for pre-registration nursing education. Specifically, in light of an increasingly challenging health care landscape, there is an opportunity...

Briefing paper

Improving mask use to reduce COVID-19 transmission

The document presents the most up-to-date research on medical masks, cloth masks and N95 respirator masks, and suggests that New Zealand needs improved mask-wearing guidelines to best protect ourselves against highly transmissible variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Journal article

Public Health Unit notifications of hepatitis C and their follow-up in South Western Sydney, Australia

This cross-sectional study aimed to determine treatment rates among those newly diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) virus in the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) in NSW, Australia.
Journal article

Associations of the initial COVID-19 lockdown on self-reported happiness and worry about developing loneliness: a cross-sectional analysis of rural, regional, and urban Australian communities

Australia adopted hard lockdown measures to eliminate community transmission of COVID-19. Lockdown imposes periods of social isolation that contributes to increased levels of stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and worry. We examined whether lockdowns have similar psychosocial associations across rural and urban areas and whether associations...

Literature review

Rapid literature review on effective regulation: implications for the Care Quality Commission

This report presents the findings of a rapid literature review on what constitutes effective regulation, specifically in health and social care sectors but also more broadly.

Lethal power: how coal is killing people in Australia

The damaging effects of air pollution from burning coal on the lungs of both children and adults is described and quantified in this report. Asthma, chronic lung disease and their effects on other organ systems are all higher with exposure to particulate air pollution. The...

Australia's health 2020: in brief

This report presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 17th biennial report on the nation’s health. It tells the story of health in Australia, with key findings on our health status, health system, and health disparities across some population groups.

Evaluation capacity health check

This publication helps organisations, teams and partnerships to know if they have what they need in place to evaluate their work and know if their work is making a difference.

CQC’s impact on the quality of care

This report was commissioned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of the evaluation of CQC’s five-year strategy, and aims to provide an in-depth assessment of the relationship between CQC’s regulatory approach, and improvement in quality of health and social care.
Journal article

Strategies to support culturally safe health and wellbeing evaluations in Indigenous settings in Australia and New Zealand: a concept mapping study

This study responds to a need to identify strategies and practical actions to support culturally safe evaluation in Indigenous settings in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia's health tracker 2019

Australia’s Health Tracker 2019 continues the work of a national collaboration of public health and chronic disease organisations and experts that began in 2015 and produced health targets to support, guide and track progress towards a substantial change in the health of our nation. This...

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK: stalling progress

This analysis explores the reasons behind stalling life expectancy improvements in the UK, uncovering worrying trends affecting groups of the population. While people in wealthier areas of the UK continue to live longer, for those living in the most deprived areas, life expectancy improvements are...

Injury mortality and socioeconomic influence in Australia 2015–16

This report examines the associations between socioeconomic status (SES) and injury mortality in Australia and looked at the effects of SES on injury deaths by age group, by sex and by a selection of external causes of injury.

Patient activation in Australians with chronic illness – survey results

The findings from this CHF national survey of 1,700 people shows that Australians with chronic and complex needs are less activated than their healthier counterparts. People with pressing healthcare needs may be less aware of their condition or able to get the care they need.

National ice action strategy rollout

This audit was undertaken to provide assurance that a key strategy to reduce the prevalence of crystal methamphetamine use and resulting harms across the Australian community is being implemented effectively and that progress on the delivery of the actions presented in the National Ice Action...
Journal article

Using Facebook to recruit for a public health campaign evaluation

This paper reports on the researchers' use of Facebook as a recruitment tool for the evaluation of a public health campaign by the New South Wales (NSW) Government in Australia, the Make healthy normal (MHN) Facebook page.

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status in Western Australia

This report aims to provide a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Western Australia.

Ending the blame game: the case for a new approach to public health and prevention

Too many people in the UK are suffering from preventable ill-health, with progress on prevention stalling in recent years. This paper argues that four key shifts are needed to make up a paradigm shift in prevention and public health policy that helps move the United...

Bedtime reading: inquiry into sleep health awareness in Australia

This inquiry investigated policy, research, education and public investment concerning sleep health awareness. Recommendations include a national education and awareness campaign, a review of practices for for shift workers, improved access to related healthcare services and tests, and dedicated research funding.
Briefing paper

Reframing the conversation on the social determinants of health

This briefing presents the main findings from research commissioned by the Health Foundation and carried out by the FrameWorks Institute, analysing public understanding, expert opinion and media narrative around health. It also presents findings from questions sponsored by the Health Foundation in the 2017 British...

Nutrition across the life stages

The purpose of this report is to investigate the adequacy of the Australian diet across various life stages to help inform the evidence-base in relation to nutrition-related health determinants for chronic conditions.
Technical report

Australia's mental health and physical health tracker: technical paper

This is the first Australian study to quantify the risks of physical health conditions contributing to a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. The latest national report card reveals the strong links between chronic physical ill health and mental ill health.