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PHAIWA provides a free-to-subscribe MediaWatch service. The daily MediaWatch email summarises news articles with relevance to public health, advocacy and PHAIWA priority areas from selected local and national print news (The West Australian, The Sunday Times, The Australian and ABC News online).
Bin The Spin
PHAIWA invites all eagle-eyed advocates to submit entries to the quarterly ‘Bin the Spin’.
Have you seen unhealthy promotions that are …
- Emphasise ‘health’ benefits of a clearly unhealthy product?
- Positioned in an inappropriate manner? (e.g. where children walk past on their way to school or next to a newspaper article about chronic disease); or
- For any other reason, strike you as ‘not right’?
… then nominate them for the ‘Bin the Spin’!
Nominations are welcome from any marketing medium. For example:
- Newspaper or magazine ads
- Billboards or other outdoor advertising
- Product packaging
- TV ads (where you can capture a graphic or a link from YouTube)
- Supermarket or shopping centre displays
- Online or new technologies.
To nominate a “Bin the Spin”, send an email to PHAIWA@curtin.edu.au with a picture, weblink or description of the offending promotion, where it was seen and why you think it’s an unhealthy promotion. We will then publish the submitted entries in a quarterly bulletin.
If you have any questions, please contact Sunni Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the entries of the unhealthiest promotions from previous rounds click on the links below.
Advertising and Promotions
If you are concerned about unhealthy promotions and want to take action, the following websites provide information on the various advertising codes and complaints processes.
Alcohol Advertsing Review Board (Alcohol-related advertising complaints)
Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (Food labelling, safety, additives & GM food)
Advertising Standards Bureau (Industry self-regulation of advertisements in TV, radio, cinema, print, internet & outdoor media – but not sports sponsorship)
Therapeutic Goods Administration (Ensures safety, quality & efficacy of medicines & medical devices)
Australian Communications Media Authority (Regulation of broadcasting, internet, radio and telecommunications)
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (Promotes competition & fair trade in the market place)
Alcohol Policy Coalition
Obesity Policy Coalition
The Parents’ Voice
Alcohol Action Station E-news
Alcohol Action Station is a fortnightly e-newsletter that aims to provide WA community members with the information and tools to take action on harms from alcohol. You’ll find the latest facts and stats, tools and support to get your voice heard, summaries of new reports and research, invitations to community events, news stories, and what others are doing to reduce harms from alcohol in their community…all delivered to your inbox, free!
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Reviewing a Journal Manuscript – It’s a privilege!
Many of you have or may soon be invited to review a submitted manuscript for a peer reviewed journal. This is a honour. If you receive an invitation to review someone’s work, we encourage you to take this opportunity!
Here is why:
- You will refresh your knowledge on the topic
- You will be the first to read a unique piece of work
- You can add it to your CV
- Your comments and suggestions will go towards improving the manuscript
- You get to notice the unpublished ideas of authors, techniques and new insights in the topic area
- You will be assisting the Journal and its Editors to get manuscripts out in a timely fashion
PHAIWA reviews many manuscripts and our Director, Dr Mel Stoneham is an Editor on the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. So we do understand that it can be a bit daunting.
If you are invited to review a manuscript, rest assured that there will generally be 1-2 additional reviewers, so your comments and feedback will remain anonymous and be read alongside others.
Here are two links to articles that provides a step by step guide to critiquing research. The first focuses on quantitative research, and Part 2 deals with qualitative research.
Part 1 – Quantitative research – read the step by step guide to critiquing research here.
Part 2 – Qualitative research – read the step by step guide to critiquing research here.
Volunteering Opportunities at PHAIWA
Interested in Public Health or Health Promotion? Come and volunteer with us!
Send your details and CV through to PHAIWA@curtin.edu.au and a short blurb about your area of interest.
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Track And Trail Competition
Bike Rack Competition
Track and Trail Competition
Our Track and Trail competition is complete and we have a winner! Congratulations to Isabel Ross for her entry of the excellent walking and cycling paths along the Geraldton coastline.
Winner: Isabel Ross
“Geraldton in Midwest WA has done a fantastic job in developing great walking and cycling paths all along the coastline. You can almost get from one end of the city to the other on off-road paths. It is pretty special to have this quiet, car-free space with gorgeous wildflowers growing on the sand alongside the track, and the sun lighting up the deep blue ocean just beyond the dunes. It also makes a great spot to check out the surf conditions for the post-ride activity. And just in case that isn’t enough to bring a smile to your face, some motivational phrases have been painted along the path to remind us just how lucky we are. There really is no place like this place.”
Entry 1: Hannah Pierce – Information and Research Officer, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
“The roads at Rottnest are pretty amazing to cycle. My selfie on a bike gives a good indication of the view.”
Entry 2: Scarlett Duncan
“Vlamingh Parklands along the river to Garungup Park. The trail goes along the River in Mosman Park, connecting to North Fremantle. It is a great trail for walking, running or cycling and avoids busy car traffic.”
Entry 3: Lia Williams – Health Promotion Officer, Public Health and Ambulatory Care
“Neil Hawkins Park is my favourite trail for walking or bike riding close to home. It’s great because it brings you away from suburbia without having to drive for hours. There’s so much wildlife, most of which is accustomed to human foot traffic, like these confident cheeky birds. To go around the whole lake it’s a 16km walk, which took us about 3 and a half hours. On the Wanneroo side after the pine plantation there are also some fruit trees (loquat and mulberry) which you can pick from if they are in season. There’s 2 public toilets over the 16 km loop so that’s convenient too.”
Entry 4: Andrea McGill
“Photo 1 & 2 are the Esperance Esplanade which is the trail I use to cycle to work and photo 3 is the Esperance Jetty which is a track I use for recreational walking.”
Thank you to everyone who entered, we loved all the photos taken from around the state showing the many wonderful places to exercise and enjoy nature.
Watch this space for the next Track & Trail Comp!
Bike Rack Competition
PHAIWA has been holding a bike rack competition asking community members from around WA to send images of innovative, unusual, or practical bike racks which they encounter on their daily travels. The competition was open to everyone in Western Australia, with metropolitan and regional categories, and prizes of $200 bike store gift vouchers for the winners of each category.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Bike Rack competition!
Congratulations to Jill Darby who has won the Metropolitan category for submitting the Leederville based ‘car’ bike rack, situated within the City of Vincent. This was chosen as the metropolitan winner as it fulfils its purpose well, clears the footpath of parked bikes, all while reminding people about the benefits that cycling provides to health, traffic congestion and parking woes.
And congratulations to our regional winner Murray Gomm of Albany, who entered his innovative and recycled ‘tractor’ bike rack, based on the property of his business, Oranje Tractor.
Thank you to everyone who entered – keep an eye out for our next competition coming soon!
Here are some of competition entries, including the winning bike racks:
PHAIWA ran a HealthySelfie Competition from August to November 2014 to showcase people from all over WA engaging in healthy activities that brought a smile to their faces and made their insides glow. Thank you to everyone who sent in their entries, it made the judging process very difficult. After much debate from our panel of public health professionals, two winners of a $100 voucher from their local independent grocery store are: