March 2020 edition of Public Health Research and Practice

“Repeated exposure to unhealthy food advertising on school trips, especially coupled with exposure to other forms of advertising such as on television and online, means that children are immersed in an obesogenic environment that undermines efforts to develop healthy eating habits,” write the authors led by Ms Clare Hughes of Cancer Council NSW’s Nutrition Unit.

Another highlight of this latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice is a perspective article on the novel coronavirus outbreak. Authored by world-leading biosecurity expert Professor Raina MacIntyre of the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, the article focuses on the outbreak’s potential impact in Australia. Professor MacIntyre says that Australia may face higher proportional death rates than in China, due to our older population. Other articles in this issue of Public Health Research & Practice find:

  • A substantial number of Australians prescribed statins stopped taking the medication when copayments were significantly increased, demonstrating the effect of cost on compliance


  • End-of-life care in rural and remote Australia, often delivered by GPs who feel ill-equipped, could benefit from a patient-centred model developed in far West NSW to  guide local care across all settings and providers


  • A NSW obesity prevention program has reached 80% of state primary schools including in areas of disadvantage, showing the way forward in promoting healthy lifestyles to children



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