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Prevention news wrap: December

14 December 2017

By Helen Signy, Senior Communications Officer

Dying man pleads for other men to make healthier choices that could save their lives

After being diagnosed with diabetes at 19 and later succumbing to kidney and heart failure, 36 year-old Jason Bartlett decided to share his story to help other men take responsibility for their decisions. Passing on Wisdom: Jason’s Diabetes Story, documents Jason’s final days before he died in June this year – and discusses how making healthy decisions when he was younger could have saved his life.

People with mental illness still die a decade earlier than those without

New research published in The Lancet Psychiatry highlights the continuing gap in life expectancy gap for people with mental illness compared to those without. However, the causes of death have changed: deaths from injury and suicide have decreased, while premature deaths from cancer and heart disease have doubled, explains this article in The Conversation.

Co-design, collaboration, engagement: don’t just throw trendy words around

There’s a lot of hope that more collaborative ways of developing public policy can vastly improve outcomes but these approaches are nothing without ministerial support. Public trust also requires authenticity, so don’t say it’s co-design if it isn’t. The Mandarin reports from the IPAA national conference on “building public trust”.

Support for food policy initiatives is associated with knowledge of obesity-related cancer risk factors

Increasing awareness of the link between obesity-related lifestyle factors and cancer could increase community support for food policy initiatives, which, in turn, support the population to maintain a healthy weight, says this article from Public Health Research & Practice.

Shooting for the stars on healthy eating

It’s billed as a simple recipe for better health, but how effective is government’s Health Star Ratings system for packaged foods as it undergoes five-year implementation review? Public Health Association of Australia chief Michael Moore writes in Croakey about a recent forum on the voluntary labelling campaign.

100 years of public health marketing

Public Health England’s fascinating exhibition celebrates more than a century of public health marketing campaigns, from Lifebuoy Soap ads for soldiers serving on the Western Front or the Middle East, to Marie Stopes’ first contraception advice for married women, the hard-hitting anti-smoking campaigns of the eighties and today’s campaigns on Instagram and Twitter.

Smoke screen: Big Vape is copying Big Tobacco’s playbook

“E-cigarettes are the latest in a series of products tobacco companies have claimed reduce the risk of smoking. Public health officials have long urged independent testing of the tobacco industry’s reduced-harm claims — just as they are for e-cigarettes today — earning the wrath of reduced-harm activists who see their calls for evidence as condemning smokers to ‘quit or die’.” Don’t miss this long read on Big Vape from The Verge. You can read more on the latest in tobacco control in Croakey’s wrap of the OTCC 2017 conference.

Right word. Right time.

Alfred Health and the Victoria State Government have released Right word. Right time, an excellent 3-minute video that encapsulates public prevention messages and challenges health professionals to raise the topic of prevention with their patients.

Farewell to long-time PHAA CEO Michael Moore

This week the Public Health Association of Australia announced that its long-time CEO Michael Moore will retire from Easter 2018. Michael is one of Australia’s most respected public health leaders, starting from his time as an Independent Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989 and then serving as Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as ACT Minister of Health and Community Care in 1998. The recruitment process for a new CEO has now commenced.