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Examining the role of a decision aid in reducing decisional conflict amongst hospital healthcare workers towards receiving the influenza vaccine

changes in the level of confidence amongst HCWs and their intentions to get vaccinated and ultimately changes in vaccine uptake in the hospital setting. Competing interests Dr Holly Seale has previously ... participants who gave their time to take part in the interviews. During the study, Dr Holly Seale was supported by a NHMRC Australian-based Public Health Training Fellowship (1012631). Submit your next

Improving the uptake of pre-travel health advice amongst migrant Australians: exploring the attitudes of primary care providers and migrant community groups

Background Migrant travellers who return to their country of origin to visit family and friends (VFR) are less likely to seek travel-related medical care and are less likely to adhere to recommended medications and travel precautions. Through this study, we aimed to get an understanding of the views of stakeholders from community migrant centres and primary care providers on ...

Knowledge and attitudes towards rotavirus diarrhea and the vaccine amongst healthcare providers in Yogyakarta Indonesia

Background Rotavirus has been identified as the most common pathogen associated with severe diarrhoea. Two effective vaccines against the pathogen have been licensed. However, many countries including Indonesia have yet to introduce the vaccine into their national immunisation programs. This study aimed to examine the attitudes of healthcare providers (HCPs) and other health ...

Health literacy in Beijing: an assessment of adults’ knowledge and skills regarding communicable diseases

Background There have been a number of studies conducted to date looking at the issue of health literacy, but none have been conducted in Beijing, China. The aim of this study was to evaluate the communicable diseases health literacy (CDHL) levels of Beijing residents towards three key areas: knowledge, adoption of preventative measures/behaviours, and health skills. Methods A ...

Availability, consistency and evidence-base of policies and guidelines on the use of mask and respirator to protect hospital health care workers: a global analysis

Chughtai 0 Holly Seale 0 Chandini Raina MacIntyre 0 0 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales , Sydney 2052 , Australia Background: Currently there is ... influenza vaccine manufacturers GSK and CSL Biotherapies for investigator-driven research. Dr Holly Seale holds an NHMRC Australian based Public Health Training Fellowship (1012631). Payment for presentations

Understanding Australian healthcare workers’ uptake of influenza vaccination: examination of public hospital policies and procedures

paper. Dr Holly Seale holds an NHMRC Australian-based Public Health Training Fellowship (1012631). 1. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing: The Australian Immunisation handbook. 9th

How can knowledge exchange portals assist in knowledge management for evidence-informed decision making in public health?

time. Additional file 1: Table S1. List of individual databases searched through the online meta-databases*. Competing interests Dr Holly Seale holds an NHMRC Australian based Public Health Training

Examining the knowledge, attitudes and practices of domestic and international university students towards seasonal and pandemic influenza

BackgroundPrior to the availability of the specific pandemic vaccine, strategies to mitigate the impact of the disease typically involved antiviral treatment and “non-pharmaceutical” community interventions. However, compliance with these strategies is linked to risk perceptions, perceived severity and perceived effectiveness of the strategies. In 2010, we undertook a study to ...

Travel risk behaviours and uptake of pre-travel health preventions by university students in Australia

Background Forward planning and preventative measures before travelling can significantly reduce the risk of many vaccine preventable travel-related infectious diseases. Higher education students may be at an increased risk of importing infectious disease as many undertake multiple visits to regions with higher infectious disease endemicity. Little is known about the health ...

The Aetiological Role of Human Papillomavirus in Oesophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Meta-Analysis

Background The aetiological role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) has been widely researched for more than three decades, with conflicting findings. In the absence of a large, adequately powered single case-control study, a meta-analysis of all available case-control studies is the most rigorous way of identifying any potential association ...

Trends in hospitalizations for diagnosed congenital cytomegalovirus in infants and children in Australia

Background Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for a wide range of diseases in neonates, and has been recognized as a major cause of congenital defects in developed countries for many years. More children suffer serious disabilities caused by congenital CMV than by several better-known childhood maladies. Insight into the epidemiology of congenital CMV disease is needed for the ...

A Serological Survey of Antibodies to H5, H7 and H9 Avian Influenza Viruses amongst the Duck-Related Workers in Beijing, China

The continued spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses of H5 and H7 subtypes and low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses of H5, H7 and H9 subtypes in birds and the subsequent infections in humans pose an ongoing pandemic threat. It has been proposed that poultry workers are at higher risk of exposure to HPAI or LPAI viruses and subsequently infection due to ...

"Will they just pack up and leave?" – attitudes and intended behaviour of hospital health care workers during an influenza pandemic

Background There is a general consensus that another influenza pandemic is inevitable. Although health care workers (HCWs) are essential to the health system response, there are few studies exploring HCW attitudes to pandemic influenza. The aim of this study was to explore HCWs knowledge, attitudes and intended behaviour towards pandemic influenza. Methods Cross-sectional ...

University life and pandemic influenza: Attitudes and intended behaviour of staff and students towards pandemic (H1N1) 2009

Background In a pandemic young adults are more likely to be infected, increasing the potential for Universities to be explosive disease outbreak centres. Outbreak management is essential to reduce the impact in both the institution and the surrounding community. Through the use of an online survey, we aimed to measure the perceptions and responses of staff and students towards ...

Why do I need it? I am not at risk! Public perceptions towards the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccine

Background On the 30th September 2009, the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccine was made available to adults and children aged 10 years and over, in Australia. Acceptance of a novel vaccine is influenced by perceptions of risk including risk of infection, risk of death or severe illness and risk of serious vaccine side-effects. We surveyed a sample of residents from Sydney, ...