Do you have a camera? Well, then you are a photographer. SDHI is looking for pictures that reflect the spectrum of research of the SDHI community. Over the next months we will issue repeated calls for photos. The first topic we are focusing on is ‘Wellbeing’. What does wellbeing mean to you? How can this be expressed in pictures? Is it a sensation associated with a restful and scenic place in the mountains or by the water? Is it a day on the beach while on holiday, a quiet moment in a cafe? A hot cup of tea, an energising game of football? Please send us your photos and we will display all appropriate photos on our website. Can we kindly ask you, not to send images of people who may be identifiable. We will review all entries and the winner will receive a £50 gift voucher. Please submit your photo entries, labelled ‘Wellbeing Photo Contest’ by 1 July 2012
to Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk) or Fred Comerford (fac1 @st-andrews.ac.uk).
Submit your abstract now for the Annual Scottish Public Health Conference. The conference motto this year is ‘Heads Up for Public Health – Inspiration, integration, innovation’. The conference will take place 8-9 November 2012, Crieff Hydro Hotel. More details can be found on the conference website.
The SDHI Mini-Symposium “Understanding and promoting physical activity of people with physical disabilities” was held 30 April, 2012 at the University of Dundee and featured six presentations on the topics of barriers, facilitators, psychosocial, and environmental factors in physical activity engagement, and the role of technology to motivate and sustain physical activity behaviour in people with physical disabilities. Several key themes emerged from the presentations and subsequent discussion period: 1) Discussion of the role of rehabilitation professionals in promoting long-term community-based and home-based physical activity behaviour beyond their clinical care duties; 2) Challenging the assumption that physical activity needs to be at a vigorous level to be beneficial; 3) Examination of internal (motivation, self-efficacy) and external (built and social environment) barriers to physical activity participation within the context of personal and environmental factors; 4) Exploration of individualised tailored approaches for physical activity promotion to address these barriers; 5) Consideration of technology as a way of initiating and sustaining long-term physical activity behaviours in youth and adults with physical disabilities. Presenters represented three universities in Scotland (Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, University of Glasgow) and two in the United States (University of Illinois at Chicago; Washington University in St Louis, Missouri). Other participants from various rehabilitation teams and health boards in the NHS, the Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee and the Free University of Brussels in Belgium joined the discussions. A successful ‘experiment’ was the web link to presenters and participants in the United States and Belgium who joined remotely. We will provide even more information about the event soon. Stay tuned!
Following a recent conference ‘From Research to Policymaking’ at the London School of Economics (LSE), Professor Huw Davies, SDHI Co-Director and Professor in the School of Management, University of St Andrews presents observations in a blog on the role of academic research in processes of policymaking. Read about these observations at http://bit.ly/GJ43tg