Public Health Practice in Australia: The Organised Effort

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Appendix K

Top 15 priority review topics
1. Community building interventions (designed to build a sense of community, connectedness, cultural revival, social capital) to improve physical, social and mental health
2. Healthy cities, municipalities or spaces projects in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors
3. Interventions to build capacity among health care professionals to promote health and/or interventions to build organisational capacity to promote health
4. Physical exercise to improve mental health outcomes for adults (this topic has been turned into an intervention for reviewing effectiveness, and specified to adults to avoid overlap with existing reviews focusing on children and young people)
5. Interventions using marketing strategies to promote healthy behaviours in young people (focusing on tobacco, alcohol and/or food)
6. Pre-natal and early infancy psychosocial interventions for prevention of mental disorder
7. Interventions using the WHO Health Promoting School framework in improving health and academic achievements among students in schools
8. Interventions that use a combination of environmental, social and educational strategies to prevent infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue and diarrhea
9. Interventions addressing gender disparities in family food distribution to improve child nutrition
10. Interventions to decrease/minimise adverse health effects of urban sprawl and/or interventions to increase the supply of sidewalks and walking trails for the public
11. Interventions for healthier food choices: 'Sales promotion strategies of supermarkets to increase healthier food purchase'; 'Pricing policies to increase healthy food choices'
12. Transport schemes to increase use of maternal and newborn health services (with a skilled attendant), increase community support and action for maternal and newborn health populations
13. Interventions to improve nutrition of refugee populations and displaced populations
14. Interventions that aim to reduce health risk behaviours through enhancing protective environments for adolescents
15. Interventions focusing on adolescent girls in order to improve nutritional status of women of child-bearing age prior to first pregnancy.

Source: Doyle et al. 2005:195

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