Summary: Promoting healthy lifestyle choices in the clinic

The Health Promoting Practices (HPP) pilot project aims to support practices to promote healthy lifestyles. While many health professionals are already undertaking activities within the HPP model, the project provides a formal framework for practices to become recognised for their efforts, whilst encouraging patients to take control of their own health. 

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Upon arriving at the clinic, patients are asked to complete a short Health Self-Assessment questionnaire prior to entering the consultation.

The completed Health Self-Assessment will assist practitioners in identifying and discussing key health messages with each patient and referring onto other health professionals, as appropriate, or referring patients to the Health Promoting Practices website for further information. An information brochure for patients can also be offered.

Four healthy lifestyle key messages are promoted: to engage in healthy eating, physical activity, limit alcohol consumption and quit smoking. For further information on promoting healthy lifestyle choices with your patients see Discussing key health messages with patients.

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FAQ

I want to include healthy lifestyle promotion when treating my patients, how can I get started?

It is suggested that you read the content of this website, as well as the Health Promoting Practices Practice Guide. An electronic copy of the patient Health Self Assessment questionnaire and Health Promoting Practices Information Brochure for patients can also be found on this website, you are invited to download these for printing and use in your practice. If you would like additional information, please contact the Health Promoting Practices Project Officer.

I am involved in recruiting patients in the Health Promoting Practices project, how can I get further guidance on patient recruitment/health promotion?

The Health Promoting Practices Practice Guide provides detailed information to assist practices in implementing the project. The Health Promoting Practices Project Officer is also available to provide support.

How can health professionals such as dental practitioners and physiotherapists relate general health promotion to the specific context of their practice?

Tips on relating the healthy lifestyle key messages to the specific context of dentistry and physiotherapy are available in the Practice Guide and on this website. For further information, or if you are from another health care discipline and are seeking some suggestions, we invite you to contact the Health Promoting Practices Project Officer.

How does the Health Promoting Practices project protect the privacy of its participants?

All information that could identify a patient, practice or practitioner is held in a secure location. Unique identifier codes are used to replace these details in the surveys (also known as survey de-identification) and the key that links the unique identifier codes to the patient, practice or practitioner is stored securely, only authorised personnel have access. The de-identified survey information is then entered and analysed. Reports will only use data that is pooled from multiple surveys, not individual survey information. 

What happens to my survey after I fill it out?

If you are enrolled as a participant in the evaluation of the Health Promoting Practices pilot project, you will be invited to complete surveys on your experiences and opinions concerning health promotion and the effectiveness of this project. Your completed surveys are securely provided to the Health Promoting Practices Project Officer, who then enters the data. See 'How does the Health Promoting Practices project protect the privacy of its participants' for further information.

When will the results of the study be available?

While the study is being conducted updates can be found here:Project News Updates”. When the study Evaluation is completed a copy of the report and links to any resulting publications will be posted on this website under "Project Findings and Outcomes".

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