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...
Adolescence and young adulthood: an untapped window of opportunity for obesity prevention
This article argues that effective obesity prevention requires a combination of interventions that empower Australian youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and create environments that support healthy decision-making.
Machine learning models for identifying pre-frailty in community dwelling older adults
The results of this study indicate that machine learning methods are well suited for predicting pre-frailty, and indicate a range of factors that may be useful to include in targeted health assessments to identify pre-frailty in middle aged and older adults.
Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy 2023-2027: draft for consultation
This draft strategy outlines the Tasmanian government's plan for reducing suicide and suicidal distress, and for increasing access to connection and support for Tasmanians. The government recognises that effective suicide prevention requires a whole-of-community as well as a whole-of-government response.
Tasmanian suicide prevention strategy 2023-2027: consultation summary report
This summary report outlines an evaluation of the consultation data that was received via an online survey, social media feedback, thought leader interviews and a series of community-based workshops, as part of the process of shaping Tasmania's next suicide prevention strategy.
State of the nation in suicide prevention 2022
This report provides a snapshot of the sector, the state of the community and Australia's national policy platform. This year's report reveals that 70% of Australians have experienced elevated distress beyond their normal levels, compared with this time last year.
Hospital treated self-harm: improved care through improved data
The authors of this paper argue that ensuring patients have a positive treatment experience and are connected with the supports they need to stay well, across community, outpatient and private health and psychosocial services, is essential to effectively managing self-harm and improving health outcomes.
In their words: how to support young people in suicidal distress
Emergency department presentations for young people who have self-harmed or are experiencing suicidal ideation are on the increase. This report outlines better alternatives, including safe spaces with youth peer workers or a crisis support team that comes to the young person’s home.
The relationship between health risk factors and the neighbourhood environment
Our neighbourhood environment influences our health by supporting or hindering our opportunities to engage in physical activity, access nutritious foods and commute to work. This report explores whether the selected factors in the neighbourhood environment are associated with socio-economic disadvantage and obesity, physical inactivity, insufficient...
Reordering food options on delivery apps could help to reduce obesity
Obesity is one of the biggest health challenges in the United Kingdom. This paper explores whether reordering food options on delivery apps could help reduce obesity.
Ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2021
This is the inaugural national report on the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. The report brings together information on the prevalence of ear and hearing problems among Indigenous Australians, along with insights on key protective and risk...
Developing the third Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2023-2027: consultation paper
The Tasmanian Department of Health is developing the next Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, on behalf of the Tasmanian government. The strategy, which will be the third of its kind, will set the vision and priorities for preventing suicide in the State for the next five...
Investing in our future: building strong and resilient health systems in the Indo-Pacific region
Building strong and resilient health systems across the Indo-Pacific region will require the sustained support of development partners and donors for the foreseeable future. This report presents the findings and recommendations from a rapid desk-based review of the current status of health system strengthening in...
National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2020–21
This report provides an assessment of state and territory performance against the performance benchmarks outlined in the National Partnership on Essential Vaccines, for the assessment period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Connection to community
Connections to community are an important source of resilience for Indigenous Australians. This paper discusses several protective factors resulting from community connection that work to prevent suicide by strengthening resilience and increasing social and emotional wellbeing.
Indigenous self-governance for mental health and suicide prevention
Through an examination of key issues, policies, frameworks, and programs, this paper provides a synthesis of relevant information on Indigenous self-governance in relation to mental health and suicide prevention.
Indigenous mental health, housing and homelessness
In this paper, the authors examine the evidence of what works and does not work in mental health and suicide prevention programs and policy initiatives associated with housing and homelessness for Indigenous Australians.
Protective and risk factors for suicide among Indigenous Australians
This report outlines protective and risk factors that contribute to suicide among Indigenous Australians and the existing data collections and methods used for measuring protective and risk factors for suicide.
The economics of skin cancer prevention with implications for Australia and New Zealand: where are we now?
This overview presents the current ‘state of play’ of the economics of skin cancer prevention in Australia and New Zealand. The paper argues that primary prevention must remain high on the public health agenda.
Effectiveness, compliance and application of sunscreen for solar ultraviolet radiation protection in Australia
This paper examines the benefits and risks of sunscreens, compliance requirements and how sunscreen should be used for optimal effectiveness.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks: sociodemographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors
This study aimed to quantify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare 'health check' claims in Australian adults, in relation to socio-demographic and health characteristics, including prior cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors.
National obesity strategy 2022–2032
The National Obesity Strategy is a 10-year framework aimed at preventing, reducing and treating obesity in Australia. It focuses on prevention, but also includes actions to better support Australians who are living with obesity to live their healthiest lives.
Health security in the Pacific: expert perspectives to guide health system strengthening
This report seeks to identify and prioritise health system strengthening initiatives that prevent impacts of health security threats and strengthen the ability to respond to these threats in the Pacific region.
National preventive health strategy 2021-2030
This release of this strategy document presents an opportunity for Australia to build a sustainable prevention system for the future – building on previous success and momentum, addressing the increasing burden of disease, reducing health inequity and increasing preparedness for emerging health threats.
Delayed tibial shaft fracture healing associated with smoking: a systematic review and meta‐analysis of observational studies conducted worldwide
Tibial fractures represent a great burden of disease globally, being the most common long-bone fracture; smoking is a known risk factor for delayed skeletal healing and post-fracture complications. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to analyse the effect of smoking on healing of tibial shaft...