Prevention news wrap
By Helen Signy, Senior Communications Officer
12 April 2018
The Guardian: The Centre for Urban Research’s Creating Liveable Cities in Australia report provides the first baseline measure of liveability in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart. The result of five years of research, it examines walkability, public transport, public open spaces, housing affordability, commuting and access to food and alcohol.
Starts at 60: Health ministers across Australia are to debate whether raising the smoking age to 21 will benefit public health. According to a report by the Daily Telegraph, West Australian Health Minister Roger Cook is pushing for cigarettes to be banned for sale to anyone under the age of 21. It comes after mining magnate Andrew Forrest has also encouraged the federal government to crack down on the tobacco industry, noting it could be liable for the many health problems smokers face as a direct result of their cigarette habit.
The Mandarin: There is little evidence that co-design improves outcomes, or even a clear definition of what it is. A new paper explores some of the challenges for public servants.
The Guardian: The company was in discussions with major medical institutions about sharing user and patient data for a research project, according to CNBC. The proposed plan – later put on hold – included using a process to match data for individuals in both sets, which would be anonymized, to research how such information sharing could improve individual patient care.
Doctors should consider using e-cigarettes to help patients who have repeatedly failed to quit tobacco, a new study says
UNSW: Growing evidence of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid means doctors should consider recommending them as a less harmful alternative for patients who have repeatedly failed to stop smoking tobacco with approved treatments, a new study concludes.
ABC: In the fight against obesity, government-sponsored fat camps that shame young children into losing weight seem like an extreme approach to public health. But that is exactly what Singapore has done, and the results speak for themselves — with a markedly lower obesity rate compared with other western countries.
Scimex: Taxes on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco have the potential to produce major health gains among the poorest in society, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date of evidence on expenditure, behaviour and socio-economic status, and how they relate to rising rates of non-communicable diseases.
The Conversation: Australia loses nearly A$2 billion of GDP every year due to people with cancer leaving the workforce, according to a study published in BMC Public Health. 67% of Australians of working age (25-64) diagnosed with cancer reported changes to their employment in 2015, such as reduced hours and stopping work.
MJA: Many of the next generation of elite Australian sportsmen and women will be inspired by the Commonwealth Games and will passionately commit to specialised training and exercise regimes to pursue their sporting dreams. Sadly, there is no evidence, at a population level, that spectators enjoying the performances of highly trained athletes will increase their own physical activity and exercise patterns long term.