A vaccine (toxoid) against diphtheria first became available in Toronto in 1926. Thanks to the work of the Toronto Diphtheria Committee, the city was diphtheria-free by 1940.
Toronto's fight against diptheria teaches us the powerful impact of public health campaigns -- in persuading parents to vaccinate their children.
A patient suffering from dengue fever lies in a hospital bed in Peshawar, Pakistan, in October. Cases of dengue fever – a painful mosquito-borne spread disease – have doubled every decade since 1990. Environmental health experts are pointing the finger at climate change.
(AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
What if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? There are lessons to be learned from the successful public health campaigns against smoking.
Striking Kenyan nurses take part in a protest in Nairobi.
A strike by Kenyan nurses points to the country's failure to manage the devolution of responsibility for health care from national to county governments.
Giving up alcohol for a month might help you feel better in the short term, but no-one knows if taking part in these campaigns promotes long-term healthy drinking habits.
Many of us might be tempted to give up alcohol for a month as part of a highly publicised campaign, like Dry July. But how successful are these campaigns and how do you measure any long-term benefits?
Out and about.
Poverty, insecurity and social isolation have a major impact on public health.
Benjamin Franklin observed many things about health, including the adverse effect of lead type.
Benjamin Franklin was the most famous man of his era not only because of his role in founding our country. He had a keen interest in health, with many ideas that hold up today.
One down, 599 to go.
Monthly bouts of abstinence have become regular features of public health and charity campaigns, but there may be even more important milestones for giving up.
For awareness campaigns to succeed, people need to relate to the message.
Many public awareness campaigns fail to change attitudes and behaviours because they start from the flawed premise that just telling someone something is bad will make them stop doing it.
From one hand-held habit to another.
Services like Facebook and YouTube may have the upper hand when it comes to getting people to give up cigarettes.
Screening may save lives but it comes with a cost - and sometimes unbearable decisions - that shouldn't be underestimated.
The ancient Greeks had a term for self-destructive behaviour. It was called akrasia – the tendency to indulge in behaviour which goes against our better judgement or received wisdom – and there is plenty…
Tobacco kills at least half of users - lobbyists are smaller fry.
I recently interviewed Nicola Roxon, the former minister responsible for cleaning up Australia’s public health policy through legislation on standardised tobacco packaging. It shed some light on how public…
Kylie Minogue’s very public battle with breast cancer led to more women getting screened.
Celebrities can successfully help promote public health say experts, despite questions about the long-term benefit that might…
Political responses to obesity have been more about creating a spectacle of “doing something” than solving the problem.
Bruce A Stockwell
There’s no doubt that obesity has received considerable political attention over the past decade. But data recently released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows Australians are losing…
Researchers have found that obesity-related health campaigns that emphasise healthy behaviour and personal empowerment and…
Print advertising from the LiveLighter Western Australia’s anti-obesity campaign.
The most recent Australian anti-obesity measure, the West Australian LiveLighter campaign, features a series of shocking television advertisements, including one showing a middle-aged man in his kitchen…