January 2016 issue of Public Health Research & Practice – Strengthening prevention in primary care

The January 2016 issue of Public Health Research & Practice is out now, with a focus on primary health care and how to strengthen links between primary care and population health to maximise outcomes.

Public Health Research & Practice is Australia’s first online-only open access peer-reviewed public health journal, published by the Sax Institute, and has a strong focus on the connection between research, policy and practice.

Guest editor for Issue 1 (2016) is Professor Mark Harris, from the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales. Prof Harris identifies the importance of primary health care in prevention in a perspective article about the need for integration and partnership between primary health care organisations and public health services and programs.

Other themed articles include: three viewpoints on the role in prevention of the new Primary Health Networks; a view from Liverpool (UK) describing the important role primary care has played in preventing poor health; and a research article examining community-based care provided after hospital discharge for patients with acute coronary syndrome.

Other articles look at successful scaling up of public health interventions; a record low in adolescent smoking; ‘poor compliance’ with a 2007 NSW Ministry of Health policy on elective or pre-labour caesarean section; breast cancer recurrence; and designing a maternity care survey.

The Sax Institute hopes the journal’s focus on innovation and perspectives from policy and practice will help drive the use of research to support policy makers, program agencies and practitioners in making decisions that are informed by evidence.

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