Perspectives in Public Health

Articles from Vol. 133, No. 1, January

2012 RSPH Health Promotion Awards: Celebrating Success in Improving Communities' Health
Nelly Araujo from the RSPH Development team provides an overview of the Health Promotion Awards 2012 and its winners' good practice while integrating their role into the new public health landscape.In October 2012 the winners of the annual RSPH Health...
Active Music Making: A Route to Enhanced Subjective Well-Being among Older People
Keywordsmusic; older people; well-being; quality of lifeAbstractAims: This research explored the relationship between active music making and subjective well-being, in older people's lives. The research focused on how participation in making music might...
Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony: The Future Public Health
On September 13th the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) held its annual conference and awards ceremony at RIBA, London, sponsored by Elsevier. The conference focussed on the future of public health and welcomed high profile speakers including Professor...
Arts and Health
Historically, the relationship between arts and health has been well documented but probably only recently has it been accepted as 'mainstream'. We have to thank high profile media personalities such as Gareth Malone, the choir master, for showing us...
Beyond Arts and Health: The Need to Include All of Popular Culture
Arts and health could benefit from expanding to become popular culture and health. Just as not everybody is interested in health, not everyone is interested in the arts. Practitioners and academics need to find out what the cultural interests of different...
Commissioning for Values Is as Important as Commissioning for Outcomes
Richard Shircore FRSPH, Professional Adviser in Public Health to the Burnham Health Protection Trust and Shirley Shaw, the Trust's Operational Manager, consider how simply focusing on commissioning for outputs or outcomes fails to understand the crucial...
Diary
6th February 2013, 28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LYVitamin D ConferenceA one day conference from RSPH, this event aims to provide delegates with a comprehensive update on the issues surrounding vitamin D. Topics will include: how vitamin D is produced;...
Eudaimonic Well-Being and Community Arts Participation
Keywordsparticipatory arts; eudaimonic well-being; positive psychology; autonomy; intrinsic motivation; challengeAbstractAims: This article considers eudaimonic models of psychological well-being in relation to qualitative data previously gathered as...
First Aid Education in Africa: What the UK Could Learn
Dear Editor,The World Health Organization has recently identified that there are more minor/major injuries than there are cases of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV put together. With this in mind First Aid Africa, a non-profit organisation has set up a...
Fit for Work
In response to Dame Carol Black's report, 'Working for a Healthier Tomorrow', in 2010 the Government set up a number of local pilot services under the label of "Fit for Work". Heather Downey, Project Manager for the Nottinghamshire Fit for Work Service,...
Health and Hygiene in Pools November 2012: Abstracts of Posters Presented
There is no doubt about the benefits to health gained from regular swimming at all ages, the effectiveness of hydrotherapy in treating some illnesses and disabilities, or the enjoyment gained from simply soaking in a spa pool after a hard day at work....
Is There a Place for the Arts in Our Modern Healthcare System?
Dulwich Picture Gallery was recently awarded an Arts and Health Award for its Good Times: Art for Older People programme. Madeline Adeane from Dulwich Picture Gallery looks at how the project is helping to reach out to isolated elderly individualsAlzheimer's...
Museums and Art Galleries as Partners for Public Health Interventions
Keywordswell-being; social inclusion; health promotion; health inequalities; museums; art galleries; community-based interventionsAbstractThe majority of public health programmes are based in schools, places of employment and in community settings. Likewise,...
Music: A Therapy for All?
Organizations like Making Music are calling for more music programmes to be set up, to not only be used as treatment for a wide range of conditions but as a part of everyday lifeMusic therapy, the use and act of making music to alleviate physical and...
NHS Pushes for More Organ Donation
Approximately 1000 people in the UK die every year waiting for an organ transplant. This is the key driving force behind the new push by the NHS for a shake up of the organ donation system, in the hope that more people will join the organ donor register.Ideas...
Optimism in the Field of Arts and Health
Serious economic austerity and cuts in public expenditure, high levels of unemployment, particularly among young people, and reductions in benefits - some of the factors challenging the living standards and sense of security and wellbeing of many people...
Peep into Policy, Politics, Parliament
Equity and prevention of blindness with a disintegrated eye health serviceIn 1951, three years after the birth of the NHS, Nye Bevan resigned from the Labour Cabinet because Gaitskell's Government introduced prescription charges for dental care and spectacles....
Promoting Well-Being through Creativity: How Arts and Public Health Can Learn from Each Other
Keywordsparticipatory arts; public art; public health; Be Creative Be Well; local communities; five ways to well-beingAbstractFor many years, participatory arts projects have been observed to make a significant contribution to the health and well-being...
Tackling Inequalities in Infant and Maternal Health Outcomes
Dr Marilena Korkodilos from London Specialised Commissioning Group, Dr Ray Earwicker from the Department of Health, Marcia Perry from Wye Valley NHS Trust and Allison Thorpe, Freelance Science Writer look at the good practice that is fundamental in ensuring...
The Effects of Participating in Creative Activities on the Health and Well-Being of Children and Young People: A Rapid Review of the Literature
Keywordschildren; young people; well-being; health promotion; artsAbstractAims: Health-promoting strategies need to be culturally appropriate to encourage healthy behaviours and lifestyle choices in children and young people. This rapid review explores...
The Way We Were: A Snapshot of Australian Public Health in 1993
Margo Saunders, BA, Public Health Policy Researcher and Consultant, Canberra, Australia takes an interesting trip down memory lane with a set of public health journals from 1993Opening a dusty and undisturbed set of public health journals from 1993 provided...
Waiting List-Controlled Evaluation of a Participatory Arts Course for People Experiencing Mental Health Problems
Keywordsmental health; mental wellbeing; arts participation; social inclusion; evaluationAbstractAims: The potential for participation in creative activity to promote recovery from mental ill health is highlighted in mental health policy and guidance,...
Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health
Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health. By Professor Clare Bambra. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011. Paper back, 264pp. Price £34.99. ISBN 978-0199588299This book is an important addition to the published scientific...
World's First Controlled Research Study into Benefits of Singing Proves Positive Impact on Health
A pioneering research project to measure the value of singing for older people has revealed a consistently higher measure of health for those involved in community singing programmes.This two year research project and the world's first randomised controlled...