Projects for The Centre for Health Behaviour.

Priority Research Centre for
HEALTH BEHAVIOUR

Projects

1. Cancer Prevention and Early Detection:

Understanding pro-smoking environments in relation to social disadvantage. A qualitative study.
The Cancer Council NSW Project 2007
Contact: Dr Chris Paul, Dr. Raoul Walsh, Prof. Afaf Girgis

Fake Tans.
Disseminate findings of focus groups on fake tanning products as a substitute for UV tanning.
Contact: Dr Chris Paul, Ms. Lorraine Paras

A population survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to Vitamin D deficiency
A collaborative survey with Queensland University of Technology and University of Sydney on vitamin D deficiency and sun protection behaviours of 1000 adults across four sites in Queensland, ACT and Tasmania.
Contact: Dr. Billie Bonevski, Prof. Afaf Girgis

The prevalence and management of Vitamin D Deficiency in general practice
To undertake a survey of GPs in NSW to assess GP knowledge, attitudes and self reported practices with regards to vitamin D deficiency and sun protection advice.
Contact: Dr. Billie Bonevski, Prof. Afaf Girgis

Parental attitudes towards food advertising directed at children.
Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) with parents regarding food marketing and advertising of unhealthy foods directed towards children.
Contact: Dr. Erica James, Ms. Sarah Campbell

Feasibility of supermarket RCT embedded in "Eat it to Beat it" evaluation
A feasibility and validity assessment in preparation for an RCT embedded in the "Eat it to Beat it" program delivery to evaluate the effectiveness of the supermarket fruit and vegetable promotion intervention.
Contact: Dr. Erica James, Ms. Fiona Stacey

Supermarket Nagging and Children's Choices (SNACC).
Assess the prevalence of pester power amongst families shopping with children.
Contact: Dr. Erica James, Ms. Sarah Campbell

Smoking and drinking by 'at risk' youth in TAFE
Commencing research activities exploring methods for reducing smoking and drinking amongst 'at risk' youth attending TAFE colleges.
Contact: Dr. Billie Bonevski, Dr Chris Paul

2. Survivorship Research:

Psychosocial outcomes of the partners/caregivers of cancer survivors: Longitudinal Study
Continue the five-year longitudinal study to describe the prevalence and predictors of anxiety, depression, quality of life and perceived needs of the partners/caregivers of cancer survivors. CCNSW
Contact: Prof. Afaf Girgis, Ms. Fiona Stacey

Qualitative study of cancer survivors' partners' & caregivers' psychosocial outcomes
Undertake in-depth interviews with partners/caregivers of cancer survivors to explore their unmet needs and how these can be addressed (student project).
Contact: Prof. Afaf Girgis

Acceptability of Heartmoves exercise program for Cancer Survivors (Qualitative Phase)
Begin collaborative project with NHF exploring the acceptability of Heart Moves for Cancer Survival.
Contact: Dr. Erica James, Ms. Fiona Stacey

ENCORE Physical Activity RCT
Begin this collaborative project with YWCA.
Contact: Dr. Erica James, Ms. Camille Short

Cancer Survival Study
Continue the 5 year longitudinal study to describe the prevalence and predictors of anxiety, depression, perceived needs and quality of life of cancer survivors NHMRC & HMRI funded
Contact: Ms. Allison Boyes, Ms. Alison Zucca

3. Improving Quality of Care and Adoption of Evidence-based Practice in Cancer Care:

Routine Assessment and management of cancer patients' psychosocial wellbeing.
Continue the implementation of infrastructure to undertake the routine assessment of cancer patients' wellbeing in cancer treatment centres (CINSW & CCNSW funded).
Contact: Ms. Allison Boyes, Prof. Afaf Girgis

Clinical pathways: effects on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs.
An international collaboration to complete a Cochrane systematic review with the Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) review group of the Cochrane Collaboration.
Contact: Dr. Erica James

Validation of a needs assessment tool for chronic disease (cancer).
Undertake further validation of the Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool in a clinical setting
Contact: Ms. Amy Waller, Prof. Afaf Girgis

Palliative Care Needs Assessment Consumer ToolkitDevelop a Consumer Toolkit to complement the health professional version of the Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidelines & Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool (PC-NAT) NHMRC & CCNSW
Contact: Prof. Afaf Girgis, Dr. Sylvie Lambert

Meeting the needs of caregivers of patients with advanced cancer in General Practice.
Contact: Prof. Afaf Girgis

Consumers' role in Research.
Continue PhD research assessing the degree of involvement of consumers in research and perceptions of funders and researchers regarding the value of such involvement.
Contact: Ms. Carla Saunders, Prof. Afaf Girgis