Hands-on Health Promotion

Hands-on Health Promotion

Edited By Rob Moodie and Alana Hulme

Hands-On Health Promotion provides health promoters with useful guidance on everyday practice – on how to conceptualise, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate health promotion programs at national, state and local levels.

In his Introduction to the book, Rob Moodie defines health promotion, provides a framework for how health promotion can be understood and successfully practised, and outlines the aim, approach, and content of the book.

The book’s 32 substantive chapters are then organised into five parts:

  • In Part 1, building blocks, the core activites that underpin all successful health promotion (information gathering, evaluation, influencing policy, public health law, advocacy, communication, leadership and management, project management, partnerships, and community mobilisation) are the focus, with the key elements of each activity outlined.
  • In Part 2,practical approaches are suggested to promoting specifc health and behavioural issues: tobacco control, physical activity, healthy eating, minimising harm from alcohol and illicit drugs, sexual health, injury prevention, road safety, and mental health and wellbeing.
  • In Part 3, practical approaches are offered to promoting health in various settings and sectors: early childhood, sport and active recreation, community arts, workplaces, and schools.
  • The focus of Part 4 is how the health of special populations (Indigenous people, refugees, women, men, young people, and older people) might best be promoted.
  • In Part 5, the focus is on how health inequalities might be reduced.

In each chapter, a what to do and a how to do approach is taken. The result is a stimulating, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use book that is ideal for project-to-project use – a book for dipping into, as a need arises, for ideas, inspiration, and directions.

The book will prove valuable to:

  • health promotion and public health practitioners;
  • tertiary-level students of health promotion, public health, medicine, and nursing;
  • health professionals, of various sorts, who are involved in health promotion ‘now and then’; and
  • other professionals (local government officers, community workers, sports coaches and managers, community arts workers, youth workers, etc) who play a vital role in promoting health.


Rob Moodie
Dr Rob Moodie has been CEO of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) since 1998, and has professional appointments in public health at The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

For many years, Rob worked in refugee and Aboriginal health care, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs, with Save The Children Fund, Medecins sana Frontieres, Congress (the community-controlled Aboriginal health service in Alice Springs), WHO, UNDP, and UNAIDS.

Rod is co-chair of the 2004 International Union of Health Promotion and Education World COnference, and is a member of the Federal Minister’s Aid Advisory of the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS.

Alana Hulme
Alana Hulme is Community Relationships Manager for Connectus, the business project of the Victorian Premier’s Drug Prevention Council.

Alana has managed a cross-sectoral partnership between the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Transport Accident Commission, and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Alana has researched and worked on a diverse range of issues in health promotion, including risk and protective factors in young people, the role of local government in promoting health, and collaboration between health and other sectors.


For more information see the details on the publisher’s website.  The book may be ordered from the publisher.

Published by: IP Communications

ISBN: 0-9578617-6-1

The Broken Mirror

The Broken Mirror – Understanding & Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Katherine A Phillip

People who have BDD not only dislike some aspect of how they look, they’re preoccupied with it. When BDD is severe, friendships, intimate relationships and work disintegrate. It affects 2% of the US population. Left untreated, it can lead to hospitalization and sometimes suicide. Katherine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice and detailed interviews with patients to write the first book on body dysmorphic disorder. She describes what is known about the disorder, what patients experience, what researches have learned about it, and what treatments seem helpful.


Phillips (psychiatry, Brown U. School of Medicine) makes a convincing case for taking a second look by drawing on years of clinical practice, research, and patient interviews. The evidence demonstrates that the obsession often causes sufferers to attempt suicide or become house bound and can be linked to eating disorders and depression. Suggesting new treatment methods (therapy, Prozac) and methods of assessing BDD, Phillips legitimizes a serious malady that many sufferers keep secret.

Dr. Phillips draws on years of clinical practice and detailed interviews with more than 200 patients to bring readers the first book on body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, in which sufferers are obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance.


You can purchase The Broken Mirror – Understanding and Treating Body Dismorphic Disorder ‘ from http://www.fishpond.com.au

(It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.)

Published by:  Oxford University Press Inc

ISBN: 0195121260


“Dr. Phillips’ book is a landmark in the recognition and treatment of imagined uglyness. This book. beautifully written, provides a great deal of hope for patients with body dysmorphic disorder and their family members and should help speed recovery for countless sufferers of this common, fascinating, and disabling illness.”

Eric Hollander MD, Professor of Psychiatry, USA

ECT – An Australasian Guide


– An Australasian Guide

by J.W.G Tiller and R.W Lyndon


Misinformation about ECT has contributed to the fear and other negative attitudes towards treatment, in stark contrast to the views expressed by those who have benefited.

Electroconvulsive Therapy: an Australasian Guide brings together relevant information about ECT that will be of great value to both healthcare providers and to those whose lives are affected by severe mental illness.  Doctors need to be aware of the developments in the administration and monitoring of ECT.

Patients and their families are often searching for both detailed and accurate information on ECT so that they can make more informed choices.

This not-for-profit publication was developed by a group of clinicians expert in ECT. It fills a void by providing current factual information on this effective psychiatric treatment.


  • Advice for patients and their families
  • Developments in treatment
  • ECT in the elderly and adolescents
  • Benefits and adverse events with ECT
  • Nurses’, anaesthetists’ and psychiatrists’ roles
  • Monitoring treatment including EEG monitoring
  • Pre- and post-ECT patient management
  • A consensus statement on ECT administration

A must-have book, for all ECT services, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, and for patients and their families.

About the Editors, J.W.G Tiller and R.W. Lyndon

Professor JWG (John) Tiller is Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and Director of ECT at Albert Road Clinic. He is a respected clinician, academic, teacher, and researcher with a particular interest in the treatment of serious mental illnesses including severe depression. He has made a long-standing contribution to the community mental health movement and patient education, and coordinates the Victorian ECT training program.

Dr RW (Bob) Lyndon is Chairman, Committee for Psychotropic Drugs and Other Physical Treatments, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Sydney.  He has been instrumental in establishing ECT training in New South Wales, in improving standards of practice and clinical outcomes with ECT, and in developing the RANZCP clinical memorandum on ECT.

How to Buy?

This book is currently only available from the Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation (VMPF)

Dealing With Depression

Dealing With Depression

Gordon Parker

Most of us get ‘the blues’ at some point in our lives, and some people find that they just can’t shake them. How can you tell when you or someone you know is suffering from depression that needs clinical treatment? How can you find the best treatment for your depression?

Dealing with Depression is a brief, user-friendly guide to depression and mood disorders for sufferers, their families, and health professionals who care for them. Professor Parker explains that contrary to popular belief, there are many different types of depression, each benefiting from differing treatments.

Since it was first published, Dealing with Depression has been widely used by both general readers and health professionals. This second edition contains new information on bipolar disorders and the influence of personality styles on non-melancholic disorders. It has been updated throughout to reflect recent research.


Gordon Parker AO is a leading international expert on depression and mood disorders. He is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute (incorporating the former Mood Disorders Unit) at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney

Gordon was an inaugural Patron of depressioNet and remains a Patron for our new dNet.  He is passionate about finding solutions to the challenges of treating depressive illnesses and importantly, maintains a private consulting practice as he understands the need to always remain connected to the individual when conducting reseach on larger populations.  A wonderful man we are proud to have supporting us!


It is available from most major bookshops in Australia.

Published by:  Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 978-1-4114214-3


‘This unique book, written by one of the world’s leading authorities on depression, focuses on a way of thinking about the complexity and diversity of the mood disorders that is both easy to understand and rings’ true. Well-written and thought provoking, it is essential reading for all whose lives are affected by depression.’

– Michael Thase, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

‘Everyone with an interest in depression care should read this unique, sensible and innovative approach developed for many years of experience working with depressed people. It is essential reading for sufferers, their carers and professionals.’

– Professor Andre Tylee, Institute of Psychiatry, London

Compassion And Self Hate

Compassion And Self Hate

By Theodore Rubin

Free yourself from destructive behavior

Many of us know that self-destructive patterns are rooted in self-dislike, but few of us understand how to break them. In this wise and compassionate book, bestselling author and eminent psychiatrist Theodore Rubin shows us realistic ways to break these negative mental and emotional attitudes and build a strong sense of well-being and self-understanding.

Dr. Rubin looks of how self-hate begins, is sustained, and eventually leads to destructive and defeating behavior — from alcoholism and drug dependency to perfectionism and fear of failure (or success). Offering practical and reassuring advice, he shows that the key to freeing yourself from these restricting emotions and habits is to find and examine the self-hate that generates them, and then to release your innate and powerful capacity for compassion.

This warm, sympathetic, and ultimately practical guide to personal growth and fulfillment is timelier and more helpful than ever.


Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D., has served as president of the American Institute of Psychoanalysis and is the author of thirty books, including The Angry Book, Lisa and David, Jordi, The Winner’s Notebook, and Lisa and David Today. His books have been translated all over the world. He lives and practices psychiatry in New York City.


You can purchase Compassion and Self Hate from http://www.fishpond.com.au

(It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.)

Published by:  Prentice Hall & IBD

ISBN: 0684841991


It was like magic that so much of what Dr. Rubin writes in Compassion and Self-Hate hit home with me. I can only say he set me free–from my past, myself and my life as it was. The book enabled me to embrace what life could be, but further influenced how I dealt with the children in my life so they would not be the afraid, nonfunctioning person I had been.

Change Your Thinking

Change Your Thinking

by Sarah Endelman

All of us experience complicated thoughts and feelings as we negotiate the day, and these feelings can be difficult to manage. Sometimes we are aware that the way we think contributes to our difficulties, but don’t know what to do about it.

‘Change Your Thinking’ demonstrates how we tend to respond to stressful events with self-defeating thoughts and behaviours. It explains how it is within our ability to interrupt and challenge these patterns and change habitual responses. Learning to recognise when negative perceptions contribute to stressful situations and how to dispute these thoughts can lead to much greater personal contentment and a sense of control.

The methods outlined in ‘Change Your Thinking’ are based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), the standard psychological technique used by therapists. It brings these principles within the grasp of the non-specialist and shows how to apply them to deal with such difficult emotions as anger, depression, anxiety and guilt.


Sarah Endelman is a registered psychologist and trainer who taught adults how to use CBT for 10 years.  She is a research psychologist at the University of Technology, Sydney and has a private practice.


You can purchase ‘Change Your Thinking’ online from the ABC Shop.

Published by:  ABC Books

ISBN: 0-7333-1018-4

Mastering Bipolar Disorder

Mastering Bipolar Disorder

Edited By
Kerrie Eyers & Gordon Parker


Mastering Bipolar Disorder gathers personal stories from the real experts: people with bipolar disorder. They share inspiring and sometimes amusing accounts of their experiences of bipolar episodes, and wise advice on ways of managing the highs and lows on a daily basis.

They cover all aspects of bipolar disorder, from first symptoms and diagnosis, to times when the disorder is more or less under control. They emphasise the importance of personal strategies such as exercise and support networks alongside medication and professional assistance.

With tips from clinicians and the latest research, Mastering Bipolar Disorder offers tested and proven solutions to help everyone with bipolar disorder and their families experience a better quality of life..


Gordon Parker MD, PhD, DSc, FRANZCP, FASSA is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute. He is a renowned researcher with over 30 years’ experience with mood disorders, and is author of Dealing with Depression: A common sense guide to mood disorders.

Kerrie Eyers MA (Psych), DipEd, MPH, MAPS is a psychologist, teacher and editor with many years’ experience in mental health, based at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney.

Gordon Parker and Kerrie Eyers are co-editors of Journeys with the Black Dog and Mastering Bipolar Disorder.

Gordon Parker was an inaugural Patron of depressioNet and remains a Patron for our new dNet.  He is passionate about finding solutions to the challenges of treating depressive illnesses and importantly, maintains a private consulting practice as he understands the need to always remain connected to the individual when conducting reseach on larger populations.  A wonderful man we are proud to have supporting us!.


You can purchase ‘Mastering Bipolar Disorder’ directly from our dNet for $25.00 (inc p&h)!   Justsend us an email and we will organise it directly with you.
It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.

Published by:  Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 978-1-74175-546-6


A great insight from a sufferer’s perspective I hope people draw strength from reading how others deal with this condition. You can see that it is a constant battle living with bipolar, but with the right help and self-management the disorder can be controlled.’

Andrew Johns, former Australian Rugby League captain

This book takes you inside the experience of learning to tame bipolar disorder. It and offers a message of hope. It is essential reading, not only for health professionals and people with bipolar disorder, but also for those of us who love someone living with this misunderstood condition.

– Julie McCrossin, journalist and broadcaster

A great insight from a sufferer’s perspective – I hope people drawer strength from reading how others deal with this conndition.  ou can see that it is a constant battle living with bipolar, but with the right help and self-management the disorder can be controlled.

– Andrew Johns, former Australian Rugby League Champion