December Issue of Public Health Research & Practice has a strong focus on Indigenous health

Racism, as well as perceptions of invincibility and cost of care, are potential barriers to people with invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) seeking help when acutely unwell, according to research in the latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice.

The December issue, out now, has a strong focus on Indigenous health, including qualitative research about the understanding and perceptions of meningococcal disease in a regional area of NSW.

Another article examines the availability and acceptability of falls prevention services for older Aboriginal people, and an ‘In practice’ paper demonstrates a continuous quality improvement approach to Aboriginal tobacco resistance and control.

This issue also focuses on the theme of  ‘Emerging infectious diseases’, with papers  including a perspective co-authored by former Australian Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Baggoley, which examines how emerging infectious diseases pose a risk to countries such as Australia, and why effective responses need to be well coordinated and flexible.  In another article, former Ebola ‘tsar’ Professor Gwendolyn Gilbert takes a fresh look at how Australia responded to the Ebola threat in West Africa and another paper discusses the value of surveillance systems for arboviruses and mosquito monitoring in NSW; the latest recommendations on the use of topical mosquito repellents; and the research needs in the field of emerging infectious diseases, especially relating to genomics, digital epidemiology and pathogens jumping the species barrier.

Lastly, we include an analysis of online news and blog comments about an Australian celebrity who admitted smoking while pregnant, which suggests that more resources are needed to strengthen the public health response to online media.

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

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