The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research aims to identify critical gaps within community and healthcare services, with an explicit goal to improve health outcomes (and a focus on vulnerable groups) via innovative individual, community and health service-focused programs.

The Nursing Research Institute undertakes multidisciplinary clinical and health services research that is focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems with a particular emphasis on implementation science research, that is the study of how to implement evidence based care. This research spans systematic reviews, trials, surveys, mixed-methods and qualitative research which a focus on:

  • Acute & Chronic Care
  • Stroke Care
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Models of care

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) is a multidisciplinary, Melbourne-based research institute focussing on both the positive and problematic aspects of ageing.

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Submissions from 2017

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The smell of terroir! Olfactory discrimination between wines of different grape variety and different terroir, Francesco Foroni, Miriam Vignando, Marilena Aiello, Valentina Parma, Maurizio Guido Paoletti, Andrea Squartini, and Raffaella I. Rumiati

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Comparison of contemporaneous responses for EQ-5D-3L and Minnesota living with heart failure; A case for disease specific multiattribute utility instrument in cardiovascular conditions, Sanjeewa Kularatna, Joshua Byrnes, Yih Kai Chan, Melinda Jane Carrington, Simon Stewart, and Paul A. Scuffham

Submissions from 2016

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Diamond encapsulated photovoltaics for transdermal power delivery, A. Ahnood, K. E. Fox, N. V. Apollo, A. Lohrmann, D. J. Garrett, D. A.X. Nayagam, T. Karle, A. Stacey, Keren M. Abberton, Wayne A. Morrison, A. Blakers, and S. Prawer

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Do emotions or gender drive our actions? A study of motor distractibility, Elisabetta Ambron, Raffaella I. Rumiati, and Francesco Foroni

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Age-related similarities and differences in first impressions of trustworthiness, Phoebe E. Bailey, Paulina Szczap, Skye N. McLennan, Gillian Slessor, Ted Ruffman, and Peter G. Rendell

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Associations between the neighbourhood environment characteristics and physical activity in older adults with specific types of chronic conditions: the ALECS cross-sectional study, Anthony Barnett, Ester Cerin, Casper J.P. Zhang, Cindy H.P. Sit, Janice M. Johnston, Martin C. Cheung, and Ruby S.Y. Lee

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Self-efficacy, planning, and preparatory behaviours as joint predictors of physical activity : A conditional process analysis, Milena Barz, Daniela Lange, Linda Parschau, Chris Lonsdale, Nina Knoll, and Ralf Schwarzer

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Deeper than skin deep - The effect of botulinum toxin-A on emotion processing, Jenny C. Baumeister, G. Papa, and Francesco Foroni

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Exploratory investigation of communication management in residential-aged care : A comparison of staff knowledge, documentation and observed resident-staff communication, Michelle Bennett, Elizabeth Ward, and Nerina Scarinci

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Cortisol modulates men's affiliative responses to acute social stress, Justus Berger, Markus Heinrichs, Bernadette van Dawans, Baldwin M. Way, and Frances S. Chen

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Decision-making ability in current and past users of opiates: A meta-analysis, Kathryn Biernacki, Skye McLennan, Gill Terrett, and Peter Rendell

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The impact of red and processed meat consumption on cardiovascular disease risk in women, Stephen Bovalino, Georgia Charleson, and Cassandra Szoeke

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Does motivational interviewing improve retention or outcome in cognitive behaviour therapy for overweight and obese adolescents?, Leah Brennan

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Psychological interventions for adults who are overweight or obese (protocol), Leah Brennan, Kylie D. Murphy, Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia, Miriam E. Ellis, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, and Joanne E. McKenzie

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DNA methylation and the social gradient of osteoporotic fracture: A conceptual model, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Richard S. Page, Michael Berk, Jose A. Riancho, William D. Leslie, Scott G. Wilson, Karen L. Saban, Linda Janusek, Julie A. Pasco, Jason M. Hodge, Shae E. Quirk, Natalie K. Hyde, Sarah M. Hosking, and Lana J. Williams

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Point-of-care testing of activated clotting time in the ICU: Is it relevant?, Ellenora Brown, Jody Clarke, Karen-Leigh Edward, and Jo-Ann Michelle Giandinoto

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Patterns of social engagement in the transition to later life, Katherine F. Burn, Lorraine Dennerstein, Colette Browning, and Cassandra Szoeke

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Boomerang families and failure-to-launch: Commentary On adult children living at home, Katherine F. Burn and Cassandra Szoeke

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Places where preschoolers are (in)active: An observational study on Latino preschoolers and their parents using objective measures, Ester Cerin, Tom Baranowski, Anthony Barnett, Nancy Butte, Sheryl Hughes, Rebecca E. Lee, Jason A. Mendoza, Debbe Thompson, and Teresia Margareta O'Connor

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Traditional midwifery or 'wise women' models of leadership: Learning from Indigenous cultures, Catherine Chamberlain, Doseena Fergie, Amanda Sinclair, and Christine Asmar

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Three dimensional collagen scaffold promotes intrinsic vascularisation for tissue engineering applications, Elsa C. Chan, Shyh-Ming Kuo, Anne M. Kong, Wayne A. Morrison, Gregory J. Dusting, Geraldine M. Mitchell, Shiang Y. Lim, and Guei-Sheung Liu

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What constitutes self-concept for children with CP? A delphi consensus survey, Sau Kuan Cheong, Cathryne Patrice Lang, Sheryl A. Hemphill, and Leanne M. Johnston

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The paradoxical role of perceived control in late life health behavior, Judith G. Chipperfield, Raymond P. Perry, Reinhard Pekrun, Petra Barchfeld, Frieder R. Lang, and Jeremy M. Hamm

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As time goes by: Oxytocin influences the subjective perception of time in a social context, Valentina Colonnello, Gregor Domes, and Markus Heinrichs

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Oxytocin and self-consciousness, Valentina Colonnello and Markus Heinrichs

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Improving psychosocial health in men with prostate cancer through an intervention that reinforces masculine values - exercise, Prue Cormie, John L. Oliffe, Addie C. Wootten, Daniel A. Galvao, Robert U. Newton, and Suzanne K. Chambers

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A phase 2 study of MK-5442, a calcium-sensing receptor antagonist, in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis after long-term use of oral bisphosphonates, F. Cosman, N. Gilchrist, Michael R. McClung, J. Foldes, T. de Villiers, A. Santora, A. T. Leung, S. Samanta, N. Heyden, J.P. McGinnis, E. Rosenberg, and A.E. Denker

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Models of care delivery for families of critically ill children: An integrative review of international literature, Kate Curtis, Kim Narelle Foster, Rebecca Mitchell, and Connie Van

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Personal Care Participation Assessment and Resource Tool: Clinical utility for inpatient rehabilitation, Susan W. Darzins, Christine Imms, Marilyn Di Stefano, and Camilla A. Radia-George

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Measurement of visual ability in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review, Belinda Deramore-Denver, Elspeth Heather Froude, Peter Leon Rosenbaum, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan, and Christine Imms

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Prevalence, incidence, risk factors and treatment of atrial fibrillation in Australia: The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) longitudinal, population cohort study, Ibrahima Diouf, Dianna J. Magliano, Melinda Jane Carrington, Simon Stewart, and Jonathan E. Shaw

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The German version of the gaze anxiety rating scale (GARS): Reliability and validity, Gregor Domes, Lisa Marx, Ines Spenthof, and Markus Heinrichs

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The effect of oxytocin on attention to angry and happy faces in chronic depression, Gregor Domes, Claus Normann, and Markus Heinrichs

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Domes_2016_Autistic_traits_and_empathy_in_chronic, Gregor Domes, Ines Spenthof, Martina Radtke, Alexandra Isaksson, Claus Normann, and Markus Heinrichs

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Bone mineral density and parathyroid hormone as independent risk factors for mortality in community-dwelling older adults: A population-based prospective cohort study in Brazil. The Sao Paulo Ageing & Health (SPAH) study, Diogo S. Domiciano, Luana G. Machado, Jaqueline B. Lopes, Camille P. Figueiredo, Valeria F. Caparbo, Ricardo M. Oliveira, Marcia Scazufca, Michael R. McClung, and Rosa M.R. Pereira

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Videoconferencing and telementoring about dementia care: Evaluation of a pilot model for sharing scarce old age psychiatry resources, Colleen Joy Doyle, David Jackson, Samantha Loi, Sue Malta, and Kirsten J. Moore

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A protocol to assess the impact of adding nursing support workers to ward staffing, Christine Duffield, Michael Anthony Roche, Di Twigg, Anne Williams, and Sean Clarke

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An Australian longitudinal pilot study examining health determinants of cardiac outcomes 12 months post percutaneous coronary intervention, Karen-Leigh Edward, John Stephenson, Jo-Ann Michelle Giandinoto, Andrew Wilson, Robert Whitbourn, Jack Gutman, and Andrew Newcomb

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A systematic review and meta-analysis of factors that relate to aggression perpetrated against nurses by patients/relatives or staff, Karen-Leigh Edward, John Stephenson, Karen Ousey, Steve Lui, Philip Warelow, and Jo-Ann Michelle Giandinoto

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User acceptance of observation and response charts with a track and trigger system: A multisite staff survey, Doug Elliott, Emily Allen, Sharon McKinley, and Lin Perry

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Semantic feature training for the treatment of anomia in Alzheimer's disease: A preliminary investigation, Kieran James Flanagan, David A. Copland, Sophia J. van Hees, Gerard J.A. Byrne, and Anthony J. Angwin

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Food color is in the eye of the beholder: The role of human trichromatic vision in food evaluation, Francesco Foroni, Giulio Pergola, and Raffaella Ida Rumiati

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A bait we cannot avoid: Food-induced motor distractibility, Francesco Foroni, Raffaella I. Rumiati, Carol Coricelli, and Elisabetta Ambron

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Measuring teachers' enjoyment, anger, and anxiety: The Teacher Emotions Scales (TES), Anne C. Frenzel, Reinhard Pekrun, Thomas Goetz, Lia M. Daniels, Tracy L. Durksen, Betty Becker-Kurz, and Robert M. Klassen

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Pressure injury risk assessment in intensive care : Comparison of inter-rater reliability of the COMHON (Conscious level, Mobility, Haemodynamics, Oxygenation, Nutrition) Index with three scales, Paul Fulbrook and Alissa Anderson

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Pressure injury risk assessment in intensive care: comparison of inter-rater reliability of the COMHON (Conscious level, Mobility, Haemodynamics, Oxygenation, Nutrition) Index with three scales, Paul Fulbrook and Alissa Anderson

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The evaluation of an Oral Health Education Program for Midwives in Australia, Ajesh George, Gillian Lang, Maree Johnson, Allison Ridge, Andrea M. de Silva, Shilpi Ajwani, Sameer Bhole, Anthony Blinkhorn, Hannah G. Dahlen, Sharon Ellis, Anthony E. Yeo, Rachel Langdon, Lauren Carpenter, and Adina Heilbrunn-Lang

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Intraindividual relations between achievement goals and discrete achievement emotions: An experience sampling approach, Thomas Goetz, Fabio Sticca, Reinhard Pekrun, Kou Murayama, and Andrew J. Elliot

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Quality of life outcomes of bariatric surgery: A systematic review, Aleeya Soraya Hachem and Leah Brennan

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Metabolism: One step forward for exercise, John Alan Hawley and Anna Krook

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Associations of Low-and High-Intensity Light Activity with Cardiometabolic Biomarkers, Patrick Howard, Kylie Smith, Fabienne Else, and Ellie Crookes

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A systematic review of the effect of telephone, internet or combined support for carers of people living with Alzheimer's, vascular or mixed dementia in the community, David Andrew Jackson, Gail Roberts, Min Lin Wu, Rosemary Ford, and Colleen Joy Doyle

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Oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism modulates the effects of social support on heart rate variability, Magdalena K. Kanthak, Frances S. Chen, Robert Kumsta, LaBarron K. Hill, Julian F. Thayer, and Markus Heinrichs

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Perceived neighborhood environmental attributes associated with walking and cycling for transport among adult residents of 17 cities in 12 countries: The IPEN study, Jacqueline Kerr, Jennifer A. Emond, Hannah Badland, Rodrigo Reis, Olga Sarmiento, and Jordan Carlson

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Emotional inertia is associated with lower well-being when controlling for differences in emotional context, Peter Koval, Stefan Sutterlin, and Peter Kuppens

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Active transportation by transit-dependent and choice riders and potential displacement of leisure physical activity, Ugo Lachapelle, Lawrence D. Frank, James F. Sallis, Brian E. Saelens, and Terry L. Conway

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Short message service (SMS) as an educational tool during pregnancy: A literature review, Kim Lamont, Karen Sliwa, Simon Stewart, Melinda Jane Carrington, Sandra Pretorius, Elena Libhaber, Charles S. Wiysonge, Esther F. Adebayo, and Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

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Fracture prediction from repeat BMD measurements in clinical practice, William D. Leslie, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Suzanne N. Morin, and Lisa M. Lix

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Proceedings of the 2015 Santa Fe Bone Symposium: Clinical applications of scientific advances in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, E. Michael Lewiecki, Roland Baron, John P. Bilezikian, Robert E. Gagel, Mary B. Leonard, William D. Leslie, Michael R. McClung, and Paul D. Miller

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Combining self-management cues with incentives to promote interdental cleaning among Indian periodontal disease outpatients, Pempa Lhakhang, Kyra Hamilton, Nayantara Sud, Shonali Sud, Jeroen Kroon, Nina Knoll, and Ralf Schwarzer

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Risk or Right': A discourse analysis of midwifery and obstetric colleges' homebirth position statements, Sharon Maree Licqurish and Alicia Maree Evans

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Rapid response to psychological treatments for eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Jake Linardon, Leah Brennan, and Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia

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Neighborhood disadvantage, individual-level socioeconomic position and physical function: A cross-sectional multilevel analysis, Venurs Hui Yee Loh, Jerome Nikolaos Rachele, Wendy J. Brown, Simon P. Washington, and Gavin Turrell

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The cognitive foundations of early arithmetic skills: It is counting and number judgment, but not finger gnosis, that count, Imogen Long, Stephanie A. Malone, Georgina Anne Tolan, Kelly Burgoyne, Michelle Ann Heron-Delaney, Kate Margaret Witteveen, and Charles Hulme

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Sharing the burden: The interpersonal regulation of emotional arousal in mother-daughter dyads, Jessica Lougheed, Peter Koval, and Tom Hollenstein

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Risk factors for sexual dysfunction among women and men: A consensus statement from the Fourth International Consultation on Sexual Medicine 2015, Marita Patricia McCabe, Ira D. Sharlip, Ron Lewis, Elham Atalla, Richard Balon, Alessandra Fisher, Edward Laumann, Sun Won Lee, and Robert T. Segraves

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Development of a measure of barriers to laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) aftercare attendance, Beth M. L. Miller, Kylie D. Murphy, Paul E. O'Brien, and Leah Brennan

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A pilot study evaluating the effects of a youth advocacy program on youth readiness to advocate for environment and policy changes for obesity prevention, Rachel A. Millstein, Susan I. Woodruff, Leslie S. Linton, Christine C. Edwards, and James F. Sallis

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Does collaborative case conceptualisation enhance engagement and outcome in the treatment of anorexia nervosa? Rational, design and methods, Sarah Anne Mitchell, Richard Newton, Philippa Harrison, David Castle, and Leah Brennan

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Autistic traits in patients with borderline personality disorder, Katia Nanchen, Anne Brodführer, Markus Heinrichs, Alexandra Philipsen, Ludger Tebartz van Elst, and Swantje Matthies

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The effect of weight loss on Indigenous Australians with diabetes: A study of feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Paul E. O'Brien, Dawn E. DeWitt, Cheryl E. Laurie, Leah Brennan, John M. Wentworth, Margaret Anderson, Kerin O'Dea, Felicia Dean, Andrew Smith, and David P. Dalton

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Psychometric evaluation of disordered eating measures in bariatric surgery patients, Katrina Parker, Sarah Mitchell, Paul O'Brien, and Leah Brennan

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A psychometric evaluation of the Gender Bias in Medical Education Scale, Rhiannon B. Parker, Phillip D. Parker, Theresa Larkin, and Jon Cockburn

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An evaluation of staff transitioning from a combined adult/child emergency department to a new paediatric emergency department: A qualitative study, Alison Peeler, Paul Richard Fulbrook, Karen-Leigh Edward, and Frances B. Kinnear

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Population prevalence of personality disorder and associations with physical health comorbidities and health care service utlization: A Review, Shae E. Quirk, Michael Berk, Andrew M. Chanen, Heli Koivumaa-Honkanen, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Julie A. Pasco, and Lana J. Williams

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School-based youth physical activity promotion: Thoughts and beliefs of pre-service physical education teachers, Jerome Nikolaos Rachele, Thomas F. Cuddihy, Tracy L. Washington, and Steven M. McPhail

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Neighbourhood disadvantage and self-reported type 2 diabetes, heart disease and comorbidity: A cross-sectional multilevel study, Jerome Nikolaos Rachele, Billie Giles-Corti, and Gavin Turrell

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Associations between physical activity and the neighbourhood social environment: Baseline results from the HABITAT multilevel study, Jerome Nikolaos Rachele, Fatima Ghani Gonzalo, Venurs Hui Yee Loh, Wendy J. Brown, and Gavin Turrell

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Neighbourhood disadvantage and smoking: Examining the role of neighbourhood-level psychosocial characteristics, Jerome Nikolaos Rachele, Lisa Wood, Andrea Grace Nathan, Katrina Giskes, and Gavin Turrell

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Is there any gender difference for smoking persistence or relapse following diagnosis or hospitalization for coronary heart disease? Evidence from a systematic review and meta-analysis, Muhammad Aziz Rahman, Karen-Leigh Edward, Laura Montgomery, Samantha Marie McEvedy, Andrew Wilson, and Linda Worrall-Carter

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Recurrence of bilateral atypical femoral fractures associated with the sequential use of teriparatide and denosumab: A case report, S. K. Ramchand, C. Y. Chiang, R. M. Zebaze, and Ego Seeman

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Conformity to masculine norms and the mediating roles of internalised shame on men's depression: Findings from an Australian community sample, Simon M. Rice, Helen M. Aucote, Anne Maria Moller-Leimkuhler, Alexandra G. Parker, Ryan A. Kaplan, Zac E. Seidler, Haryana M. Dhillon, and G. Paul Amminger

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Nurses' perceptions of a pressure ulcer prevention care bundle: A qualitative descriptive study, Shelly Roberts, Elizabeth Catherine McInnes, Marianne Wallis, Tracey Bucknall, Merrilyn Banks, and Wendy Chaboyer

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Regulated and unregulated nurses in the acute hospital setting: Tasks performed, delayed or not completed, Michael Anthony Roche, Christine Duffield, and Sarah Friedman

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Changes to nurses' practice environment over time, Michael Anthony Roche, Christine Duffield, Sarah Friedman, and Di Twigg

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Comparing multi-modality and constraint-induced treatment for aphasia : A preliminary investigation of generalisation to discourse, Miranda Rose, Zaneta Mok, Marcella Carragher, Sarah Katthagen, and Michelle Attard

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We are what we eat: How food is represented in our mind/brain, Raffaella I. Rumiati and Francesco Foroni

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Lexical-semantic deficits in processing food and non-food items, Raffaella I. Rumiati, Francesco Foroni, Giulio Pergola, Paola Rossi, and Maria Caterina Silveri

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Active school transport and fast food intake: Are there racial and ethnic differences?, Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Laia Bécares, James F. Sallis, and Brisa Ney Sánchez

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Altered stress-induced regulation of genes in monocytes in adults with a history of childhood adversity, Marion Schwaiger, Marianna Grinberg, Dirk Moser, Johannes C.S. Zang, Markus Heinrichs, Jan G. Hengstler, Jörg Rahnenführer, Steve Cole, and Robert Kumsta

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A PTSD symptoms trajectory mediates between exposure levels and emotional support in police responders to 9/11: a growth curve analysis, Ralf Schwarzer, James E. Cone, Jiehui Li, and Rosemarie M. Bowler

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Physical activity, television viewing time and 12-year changes in waist circumference, Ai Shibata, Koichiro Oka, Takemi Sugiyama, Jo Salmon, David Dunstan, and Neville Owen

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Physical activity, television viewing time and 12-year changes in waist circumference, Ai Shibata, Koichiro Oka, Takemi Sugiyama, Jo Salmon, David Wayne Dunstan, and Neville Owen

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A parent-based intervention to promote healthy eating and active behaviours in pre-school children: Evaluation of the MEND 2-4 randomized controlled trial, Helen Skouteris, Briony L. Hill, Marita Patricia McCabe, Boyd Swinburn, and Ljoudmila Busija

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The availability of psychological services for aged care residents in Australia: A survey of facility staff, Jennifer Stargatt, Sunil S. Bhar, Tanya Ellen Davison, Nancy A. Pachana, Leander Mitchell, Deborah Koder, Carol Hunter, Colleen Joy Doyle, Yvonne Wells, and Edward Helmes

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New faculty members' emotions: A mixed-method study, Robert H. Stupnisky, Reinhard Pekrun, and Stephanie Lichtenfeld

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Residential proximity to urban centres, local-area walkability and change in waist circumference among Australian adults, Takemi Sugiyama, Theo Niyonsenga, Natasha J. Howard, Neil T. Coffee, Catherine Paquet, and Anne W. Taylor

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Can neighborhood green space mitigate health inequalities? A study of socio-economic status and mental health, Takemi Sugiyama, Karen Villanueva, Matthew Knuiman, Jacinta Francis, Sarah Foster, and Lisa Wood

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Can neighborhood green space mitigate health inequalities? A study of socio-economic status and mental health, Takemi Sugiyama, Karen Villanueva, Matthew Knuiman, Jacinta Francis, Sarah Foster, Lisa Wood, and Billie Giles-Corti

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Adverse associations of car time with markers of cardio-metabolic risk, Takemi Sugiyama, Katrien Wijndaele, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Stephanie K. Tanamas, David Wayne Dunstan, and Neville Owen