Dr Josephine Chau

Senior Lecturer
School of Public Health
Charles Perkins Centre

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

Telephone +61 2 8627 1841

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Biographical details

Dr Josephine Chau is a researcher at the Prevention Research Collaboration in the Sydney School of Public Health and Charles Perkins Centre. Her areas of expertise include physical activity and sedentary behaviour epidemiology, measurement and intervention; workplace health promotion; and program evaluation. She also has interests in media analysis about communication of health issues, such as sitting guidelines for office workers and claims that "sitting is [not] the new smoking".

Jo has worked in the field of physical activity and health since 2005.She currently lectures in chronic disease prevention and conducts research as part of the Physical Activity Nutrition Obesity Research Group (PANORG), funded by the NSW Ministry of Health.

Jo is co-chair of the Healthy Sydney University Move More Working Group and the Healthier Workplace Project Node at the Charles Perkins Centre. Jo was a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015 to 2017.

Research interests

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults.

Main interests include:

  • Workplace "move more, sit less" interventions for promoting activity and reducing sitting time.
  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
  • Epidemiological research looking at associations of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with health risks and outcomes.
  • Social marketing and mass media campaigns related to physical activity.
  • Communication of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the media.

Teaching and supervision

  • Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health
  • Health promotion
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Evaluation

In the media

The Conversation:
  1. Josephine Chau and Melody Ding. Research Check: will binge-watching TV increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes? The Conversation, 3rd October 2017. https://theconversation.com/research-check-will-binge-watching-tv-increase-your-risk-for-alzheimers-disease-and-diabetes-84264
  2. Catriona Bonfiglioli and Josephine Chau, How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity atwork. The Conversation, 19th September 2017. https://theconversation.com/how-the-media-oversold-standing-desks-as-a-fix-for-inactivity-at-work-83808 **This was the second most read article for September 2017.
  3. Josephine Chau and Lina Engelen. Health Check: the low-down on standing desks. The Conversation, 4th August 2015. https://theconversation.com/health-check-the-low-down-on-standing-desks-37515
  4. Lina Engelen and Josephine Chau.Walking challenges aren’t doing you much good if you’re swapping running for walking. The Conversation, 24th May 2016. https://theconversation.com/walking-challenges-arent-doing-you-much-good-if-youre-swapping-running-for-walking-59819

Other media:

  1. Interviewed on ABC Canberra Drive program with Adam Shirley about office workers’ sitting, standing, moving preferences, 17th November 2017.
  2. Interviewed on ABC Orange about research check on binge watching TV and risk of inflammatory diseases, 3rd October 2017.
  3. Quoted in MJA Insights article “Is sitting the new smoking, or isn’t it?” by Hugo Wilcken, 25th September 2017. https://www.doctorportal.com.au/mjainsight/2017/37/is-sitting-the-new-smoking-or-isnt-it/
  4. Interviewed about workplace sit-stand recommendations on radio ABC Ballarat Mornings with Gavin McGrath, ABC Canberra Drive with Jolene Laverty, 20th September, 2017.
  5. Interviewed about workplace sit-stand recommendations on radio ABC702 Mornings with Wendy Harmer and 3AW Drive, 19th September, 2017.
  6. Quoted in The Australian about physical activity levels in Australian adults, 11th August, 2017.
  7. Interviewed on ABC Perth Breakfast and ABC Mid West WA about 22-year trends in physical activity in Australian, 2nd August 2017.
  8. Interviewed on radio regarding 22-year trends in physical activity in Australia on ABC Melbourne Drive, and 2HD Newcastle, 1st August 2017.
  9. Quoted in article “We need to think outside the box to address inactivity epidemic, researchers say” by Sarah Berry, Fairfax Media (e.g., Sydney Morning Herald, The Age), 1st August 2017.
  10. Interviewed about the benefits of standing for health by Ali Clarke, ABC Radio Adelaide, 26th May 2017.
  11. Interviewed for story “The Evolution of Exercise” in My Health Agenda, HCF member magazine, January 2017.
  12. Interviewed by Jessica Best for Australian Financial Review article about workplace wellness programs, 18th January 2017.
  13. Appeared on Summer Mornings with Marc Fennell on 702ABC Sydney, 3rd January 2017.
  14. Interviewed for article in Good Health magazine about standing up for health, July 2016.
  15. Interviewed on ABC (AM, NewsRadio), 2UE Sydney, 3AW Melbourne, Junkee and the Daily Mail about a study on the health benefits and impact on productivity of sit to stand desks, 29th February 2016.
  16. Interviewed for stories in Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, Herald Sun, AAP Newswire, 702 ABC Sydney, 2GB Sydney, 6PR Perth and 96 FM about a study of productivity in workers using sit to stand desks, 26th February 2016.
  17. Interviewed for Sydney Morning Herald article about physical activity and changing routines for health benefits, 6th August 2015.
  18. Interview with Sarah Tomlinson on ABC North and West morning program about sit-stand desks, 5th August 2015.
  19. Interviewed on community radio in Melbourne (PJ Dwyer) about health effects of too much sitting, 19th October 2015.
  20. Interviewed for article “Time to stand up for your health” by Amanda Davey, cirrusmedia.com.au, 5th December 2014.

Selected grants

2016

  • Australia & South Africa knowledge exchange and network building in sedentary behaviour research; Chau J; National Heart Foundation of Australia/Collaboration and Exchange Award.
  • The metabolic benefits of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour in the office-based workplace; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Pappas E, Edwards K, Shirley D, Chau J, Engelen L; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant.

2015

  • Building evidence for public health approaches to reduce adult sedentary behaviour with a focus on sociodemographic variations, message development, and formative translational research; Chau J; National Heart Foundation/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
  • Evaluation of sit less and move more at work pilot studies; Chau J, Engelen L, Milton K, Bauman A, Daley M, Maxwell J; National Heart Foundation of Australia/Research Support.
  • Staff Sit-Stand Desk Study; Chau J, Sarin J; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.

2014

  • Workplace Physical Activity Collaboration: Faculty of Health Sciences Collaborative Grants 2014; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Shirley D, Refshauge K, Pappas E, Edwards K, Kay J, Chau J, Nicholas M, Chow C; University of Sydney/Internal Scheme.

2013

  • PLANET Sydney - the PhysicaL Activity NETwork Sydney University; Bauman A, Kay J, Sherrington C, Rissel C, Greaves S, Mulley C, Gill T, Davis G, Refshauge K, Fiatarone Singh M, Hardy L, Baur L, Allman-Farinelli M, Clemson L, Magnusson R, Kilbreath S, Neubeck A, Dhillon H, Chau J, Johnson N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Sit-Stand Workstation Pilot; Mackey M, Leaver A, Rooney K, Chau J, Shirley D, Daley M; National Heart Foundation of Australia/Research Support.
  • Objective Measurement of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours across Twelve NHMRC Funded Studies; Baur L, Van Der Ploeg H, Tiedemann A, Vardy J, Dhillon H, Maher C, Lin C, Chau J, Hardy L, Rissel C, Latimer J, Moseley A, Bauman A; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Engelen, L., Gale, J., Chau, J., Bauman, A. (2017). Are motivational signs to increase stair use a thing of the past? A multi-building study. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(3), 178-184. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Chau, J., Goldbaum, E., Young, S., Hespe, D., Bauman, A. (2017). Is Active Design changing the workplace? - A natural pre-post experiment looking at health behaviour and workplace perceptions. Work, 56(2), 229-237. [More Information]
  • Cassidy, S., Chau, J., Catt, M., Bauman, A., Trenell, M. (2017). Low physical activity, high television viewing and poor sleep duration cluster in overweight and obese adults; a cross-sectional study of 398,984 participants from the UK Biobank. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Gebel, K., Pont, S., Ding, D., Bauman, A., Chau, J., Berger, C., Prior, J. (2017). Patterns and predictors of sitting time over ten years in a large population-based Canadian sample: Findings from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos). Preventive Medicine Reports, 5, 289-294. [More Information]
  • Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Rangul, V., Holmen, T., Bauman, A. (2017). Patterns of sitting and mortality in the Nord-Trondelag health study (HUNT). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Li, I., Mackey, M., Foley, B., Pappas, E., Edwards, K., Chau, J., Engelen, L., Voukelatos, A., Whelan, A., Bauman, A., Stamatakis, E., et al (2017). Reducing Office Workers' Sitting Time at Work Using Sit-Stand Protocols: Results From a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(6), 543-549. [More Information]
  • Tremblay, M., Aubert, S., Barnes, J., Saunders, T., Carson, V., Latimer-Cheung, A., Chastin, S., Altenburg, T., Chinapaw, M., Chau, J., et al (2017). Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Wallmann-Sperlich, B., Chau, J., Froboese, I. (2017). Self-reported actual and desired proportion of sitting, standing, walking and physically demanding tasks of office employees in the workplace setting: Do they fit together? BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Bonfiglioli, C., Zhong, A., Pedisic, Z., Daley, M., McGill, B., Bauman, A. (2017). Sitting ducks face chronic disease: An analysis of newspaper coverage of sedentary behaviour as a health issue in Australia 2000-2012. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(2), 139-143. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Chey, T., Burks-Young, S., Engelen, L., Bauman, A. (2017). Trends in prevalence of leisure time physical activity and inactivity: results from Australian National Health Surveys 1989 to 2011. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), 617-624. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Gale, J., Chau, J., Hardy, L., Mackey, M., Johnson, N., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2017). Who is at risk of chronic disease? Associations between risk profiles of physical activity, sitting and cardio-metabolic disease in Australian adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 178-183. [More Information]
  • Freeman, B., Chau, J., Mihrshahi, S. (2017). Why the public health sector couldn't create Pokrmon Go. Public Health Research and Practice, 27(3), pii: 2731724. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Chau, J., Burks-Young, S., Bauman, A. (2016). Application of ecological momentary assessment in workplace health evaluation. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 27(3), 259-263. [More Information]
  • Cassidy, S., Chau, J., Michael, C., Bauman, A., Trenell, M. (2016). Cross-sectional study of diet, physical activity, television viewing and sleep duration in 233 110 adults from the UK Biobank; the behavioural phenotype of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. BMJ Open, 6(3), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Dhillon, H., Chau, J., Hespe, D., Bauman, A. (2016). Do active design buildings change health behaviour and workplace perceptions? Occupational Medicine, 66(5), 408-411. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Sukala, W., Fedel, K., Do, A., Engelen, L., Kingham, M., Salis (nee Sainsbury), A., Bauman, A. (2016). More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 68-74. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Engelen, L., Burks-Young, S., Daley, M., Maxwell, J., Milton, K., Bauman, A. (2016). Perspectives on a 'Sit Less, Move More' Intervention in Australian Emergency Call Centres. AIMS Public Health, 3(2), 288-297. [More Information]
  • Ding, D., Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Vo, K., Byles, J., Bauman, A. (2016). Retirement-A Transition to a Healthier Lifestyle?: Evidence From a Large Australian Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(2), 170-178. [More Information]
  • Biddle, S., Bennie, J., Bauman, A., Chau, J., Dunstan, D., Owen, N., Stamatakis, E., Van Uffelen, J. (2016). Too much sitting and all-cause mortality: Is there a causal link? BMC Public Health, 16(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Stamatakis, E., Rogers, K., Ding, D., Berrigan, D., Chau, J., Hamer, M., Bauman, A. (2015). All-cause mortality effects of replacing sedentary time with physical activity and sleeping using an isotemporal substitution model: a prospective study of 201,129 mid-aged and older adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Richards, J., Jiang, X., Kelly, P., Chau, J., Bauman, A., Ding, D. (2015). Don't worry, be happy: cross-sectional associations between physical activity and happiness in 15 European countries. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Grunseit, A., O'Hara, B., Chau, J., Briggs, M., Bauman, A. (2015). Getting the message across: Outcomes and risk profiles by awareness levels of the "measure-up" obesity prevention campaign in Australia. PloS One, 10(4), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Ding, D., Chau, J., Milton, K. (2015). More physical activity and less sedentary behaviour: Advice for CVD prevention. Medicine Today, 5(1), 29-32.
  • Espinel, P., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Merom, D. (2015). Older adults' time in sedentary, light and moderate intensity activities and correlates: Application of Australian Time Use Survey. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(2), 161-166. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Grunseit, A., Midthjell, K., Holmen, J., Holmen, T., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2015). Sedentary behaviour and risk of mortality from all-causes and cardiometabolic diseases in adults: evidence from the HUNT3 population cohort. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(11), 737-742. [More Information]
  • van Nassau, F., Chau, J., Lakerveld, J., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2015). Validity and responsiveness of four measures of occupational sitting and standing. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Stamatakis, E., Grunseit, A., Coombs, N., Ding, D., Chau, J., Phongsavan, P., Bauman, A. (2014). Associations between socio-economic position and sedentary behaviour in a large population sample of Australian middle and older-aged adults: The Social, Economic, and Environmental Factor (SEEF) Study. Preventive Medicine, 63, 72-80. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Grunseit, A., Midthjell, K., Holmen, J., Holmen, T., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2014). Cross-sectional associations of total sitting and leisure screen time with cardiometabolic risk in adults. Results from the HUNT Study, Norway. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(1), 78-84. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Daley, M., Srinivasan, A., Dunn, S., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2014). Desk-based workers' perspectives on using sit-stand workstations: a qualitative analysis of the Stand@Work study. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Pedisic, Z., Ding, D., Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Banks, E., Stamatakis, E., Jalaludin, B., Bauman, A. (2014). High sitting time or obesity: Which came first? Bidirectional association in a longitudinal study of 31,787 Australian adults. Obesity, 22(10), 2126-2130. [More Information]
  • St George, A., Chau, J., Chey, T., King, L., Bauman, A. (2014). How do chronic disease risk factors vary across Australian industries: Implications for "Healthy Worker" initiatives. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 30(1).
  • Van Der Ploeg, H., Chey, T., Ding, D., Chau, J., Stamatakis, E., Bauman, A. (2014). Standing time and all-cause mortality in a large cohort of Australian adults. Preventive Medicine, 69, 187-191. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Daley, M., Dunn, S., Srinivasan, A., Do, A., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2014). The effectiveness of sit-stand workstations for changing office workers' sitting time: results from the Stand@Work randomized controlled trial pilot. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Bauman, A. (2013). "Thinking on your feet": A qualitative evaluation of sit-stand desks in an Australian workplace. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Stamatakis, E., Chau, J., Pedisic, Z., Bauman, A., Macniven, R., Coombs, N., Hamer, M. (2013). Are Sitting Occupations Associated with Increased All-Cause, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Risk? A Pooled Analysis of Seven British Population Cohorts. PloS One, 8(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Grunseit, A., Chey, T., Stamatakis, E., Brown, W., Matthews, C., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2013). Daily Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis. PloS One, 8(11), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Radas, A., Mackey, M., Leaver, A., Bouvier, A., Chau, J., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2013). Evaluation of ergonomic and education interventions to reduce occupational sitting in office-based university workers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Van Der Ploeg, H., Venugopal, K., Chau, J., van Poppel, M., Breeveld, K., Merom, D., Bauman, A. (2013). Non-occupational sedentary behaviors: population changes in The Netherlands, 1975-2005. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(4), 382-387. [More Information]
  • Bennie, J., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Stamatakis, E., Do, A., Bauman, A. (2013). The prevalence and correlates of sitting in European adults - a comparison of 32 Eurobarometer-participating countries. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Chau, J., Ding, D., Bennie, J. (2013). Too Much Sitting and Cardio-Metabolic Risk: An Update of Epidemiological Evidence. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 7(4), 293-298. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Merom, D., Chey, T., Bauman, A. (2012). Cross-sectional associations between occupational and leisure-time sitting, physical activity and obesity in working adults. Preventive Medicine, 54(3-4), 195-200. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Merom, D., Grunseit, A., Rissel, C., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2012). Temporal trends in non-occupational sedentary behaviours from Australian Time Use Surveys 1992, 1997 and 2006. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(19 June 2012), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Dunn, S., Kurko, J., Bauman, A. (2012). Validity of the Occupational Sitting and Physical Activity Questionnaire. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(1), 118-125. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Dunn, S., Kurko, J., Bauman, A. (2011). A tool for measuring workers' sitting time by domain: the Workforce Sitting Questionnaire. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(15), 1216-1222. [More Information]
  • Hebden, L., King, L., Chau, J., Kelly, B. (2011). Food advertising on children's popular subscription television channels in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(2), 127-130. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Ainsworth, B., Sallis, J., Hagströmer, M., Craig, C., Bull, F., Pratt, M., Venugopal, K., Chau, J., Sjöström, M. (2011). The Descriptive Epidemiology of Sitting: A 20-Country Comparison Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(2), 228-235. [More Information]
  • Van Der Ploeg, H., Merom, D., Chau, J., Bittman, M., Trost, S., Bauman, A. (2010). Advances in population surveillance for physical activity and sedentary behavior: reliability and validity of time use surveys. American Journal of Epidemiology, 172(10), 1199-1206. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., van Uffelen, J., Wong, J., Riphagen, I., Healy, G., Gibson, N., Dunstan, D., Bauman, A., Owen, N., et al (2010). Are workplace interventions to reduce sitting effective? A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 51(5), 352-356. [More Information]
  • Brown, W., van Uffelen, J., Proper, K., Chau, J., Burton, N., Gilson, N., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2010). Is Too Much Sitting Really Bad for Health and What Can Be Done About It? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7(3), S319-S320.
  • van Uffelen, J., Wong, J., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Riphagen, I., Gilson, N., Burton, N., Healy, G., Thorp, A., Clark, B., Bauman, A., et al (2010). Occupational sitting and health risks: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39(4), 379-388. [More Information]
  • Merom, D., Chey, T., Chau, J., Smith, B., Barr, M., Bauman, A. (2009). Are messages about lifestyle walking being heard? Trends in walking for all purposes in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Preventive Medicine, 48(4), 341-344. [More Information]
  • Cust, A., Armstrong, B., Smith, B., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Bauman, A. (2009). Self-Reported Confidence in Recall as a Predictor of Validity and Repeatability of Physical Activity Questionnaire Data. Epidemiology, 20(3), 433-441. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Bonfiglioli, C., Chey, T., Bauman, A. (2009). The Cinderella of public health news: physical activity coverage in Australian newspapers, 1986-2006. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33(2), 189-192. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Chau, J. (2009). The role of media in promoting physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(s2), s196-s210. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Smith, B., Bauman, A., Merom, D., Eyeson-Annan, M., Chey, T., Farrell, L. (2008). Recent trends in physical activity in New South Wales. Is the tide of inactivity turning? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(1), 82-85. [More Information]
  • Cust, A., Smith, B., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Friedenreich, C., Armstrong, B., Bauman, A. (2008). Validity and repeatability of the EPIC physical activity questionnaire: a validation study using accelerometers as an objective measure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5, 33-1-33-13. [More Information]
  • Kelly, B., Chau, J. (2007). Children's television sub-standards: a call for significant amendments. The Medical Journal of Australia, 186(1), 18. [More Information]
  • Smith, B., Zehle, K., Bauman, A., Chau, J., Hawkshaw, B., Frost, S., Thomas, M. (2006). Quantitative methods used in Australian health promotion research: a review of publications from 1992-2002. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 17(1), 32-36. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Callaghan, S., Chau, J., Willaby, H., Ding, D., Freeman, B., Thow, A. (2013). Debate: Public Health needs the nanny state - Personal Responsibility vs Nanny State. New Minds, Fresh Discoveries: Our Public Health Research - University of Sydney School of Public Health’s Research Presentation Day, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

Research Reports

  • King, L., Kelly, B., Gill, T., Chau, J., Chapman, K. (2009). Consultancy Report on Inappropriate Food Marketing to the National Preventative Taskforce, (pp. 3 - 46). Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney.

2017

  • Engelen, L., Gale, J., Chau, J., Bauman, A. (2017). Are motivational signs to increase stair use a thing of the past? A multi-building study. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(3), 178-184. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Chau, J., Goldbaum, E., Young, S., Hespe, D., Bauman, A. (2017). Is Active Design changing the workplace? - A natural pre-post experiment looking at health behaviour and workplace perceptions. Work, 56(2), 229-237. [More Information]
  • Cassidy, S., Chau, J., Catt, M., Bauman, A., Trenell, M. (2017). Low physical activity, high television viewing and poor sleep duration cluster in overweight and obese adults; a cross-sectional study of 398,984 participants from the UK Biobank. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Gebel, K., Pont, S., Ding, D., Bauman, A., Chau, J., Berger, C., Prior, J. (2017). Patterns and predictors of sitting time over ten years in a large population-based Canadian sample: Findings from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos). Preventive Medicine Reports, 5, 289-294. [More Information]
  • Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Rangul, V., Holmen, T., Bauman, A. (2017). Patterns of sitting and mortality in the Nord-Trondelag health study (HUNT). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Li, I., Mackey, M., Foley, B., Pappas, E., Edwards, K., Chau, J., Engelen, L., Voukelatos, A., Whelan, A., Bauman, A., Stamatakis, E., et al (2017). Reducing Office Workers' Sitting Time at Work Using Sit-Stand Protocols: Results From a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(6), 543-549. [More Information]
  • Tremblay, M., Aubert, S., Barnes, J., Saunders, T., Carson, V., Latimer-Cheung, A., Chastin, S., Altenburg, T., Chinapaw, M., Chau, J., et al (2017). Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Wallmann-Sperlich, B., Chau, J., Froboese, I. (2017). Self-reported actual and desired proportion of sitting, standing, walking and physically demanding tasks of office employees in the workplace setting: Do they fit together? BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Bonfiglioli, C., Zhong, A., Pedisic, Z., Daley, M., McGill, B., Bauman, A. (2017). Sitting ducks face chronic disease: An analysis of newspaper coverage of sedentary behaviour as a health issue in Australia 2000-2012. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(2), 139-143. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Chey, T., Burks-Young, S., Engelen, L., Bauman, A. (2017). Trends in prevalence of leisure time physical activity and inactivity: results from Australian National Health Surveys 1989 to 2011. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), 617-624. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Gale, J., Chau, J., Hardy, L., Mackey, M., Johnson, N., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2017). Who is at risk of chronic disease? Associations between risk profiles of physical activity, sitting and cardio-metabolic disease in Australian adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 178-183. [More Information]
  • Freeman, B., Chau, J., Mihrshahi, S. (2017). Why the public health sector couldn't create Pokrmon Go. Public Health Research and Practice, 27(3), pii: 2731724. [More Information]

2016

  • Engelen, L., Chau, J., Burks-Young, S., Bauman, A. (2016). Application of ecological momentary assessment in workplace health evaluation. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 27(3), 259-263. [More Information]
  • Cassidy, S., Chau, J., Michael, C., Bauman, A., Trenell, M. (2016). Cross-sectional study of diet, physical activity, television viewing and sleep duration in 233 110 adults from the UK Biobank; the behavioural phenotype of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. BMJ Open, 6(3), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Dhillon, H., Chau, J., Hespe, D., Bauman, A. (2016). Do active design buildings change health behaviour and workplace perceptions? Occupational Medicine, 66(5), 408-411. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Sukala, W., Fedel, K., Do, A., Engelen, L., Kingham, M., Salis (nee Sainsbury), A., Bauman, A. (2016). More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 68-74. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Engelen, L., Burks-Young, S., Daley, M., Maxwell, J., Milton, K., Bauman, A. (2016). Perspectives on a 'Sit Less, Move More' Intervention in Australian Emergency Call Centres. AIMS Public Health, 3(2), 288-297. [More Information]
  • Ding, D., Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Vo, K., Byles, J., Bauman, A. (2016). Retirement-A Transition to a Healthier Lifestyle?: Evidence From a Large Australian Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(2), 170-178. [More Information]
  • Biddle, S., Bennie, J., Bauman, A., Chau, J., Dunstan, D., Owen, N., Stamatakis, E., Van Uffelen, J. (2016). Too much sitting and all-cause mortality: Is there a causal link? BMC Public Health, 16(1), 1-10. [More Information]

2015

  • Stamatakis, E., Rogers, K., Ding, D., Berrigan, D., Chau, J., Hamer, M., Bauman, A. (2015). All-cause mortality effects of replacing sedentary time with physical activity and sleeping using an isotemporal substitution model: a prospective study of 201,129 mid-aged and older adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Richards, J., Jiang, X., Kelly, P., Chau, J., Bauman, A., Ding, D. (2015). Don't worry, be happy: cross-sectional associations between physical activity and happiness in 15 European countries. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Grunseit, A., O'Hara, B., Chau, J., Briggs, M., Bauman, A. (2015). Getting the message across: Outcomes and risk profiles by awareness levels of the "measure-up" obesity prevention campaign in Australia. PloS One, 10(4), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Ding, D., Chau, J., Milton, K. (2015). More physical activity and less sedentary behaviour: Advice for CVD prevention. Medicine Today, 5(1), 29-32.
  • Espinel, P., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Merom, D. (2015). Older adults' time in sedentary, light and moderate intensity activities and correlates: Application of Australian Time Use Survey. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(2), 161-166. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Grunseit, A., Midthjell, K., Holmen, J., Holmen, T., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2015). Sedentary behaviour and risk of mortality from all-causes and cardiometabolic diseases in adults: evidence from the HUNT3 population cohort. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(11), 737-742. [More Information]
  • van Nassau, F., Chau, J., Lakerveld, J., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2015). Validity and responsiveness of four measures of occupational sitting and standing. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2014

  • Stamatakis, E., Grunseit, A., Coombs, N., Ding, D., Chau, J., Phongsavan, P., Bauman, A. (2014). Associations between socio-economic position and sedentary behaviour in a large population sample of Australian middle and older-aged adults: The Social, Economic, and Environmental Factor (SEEF) Study. Preventive Medicine, 63, 72-80. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Grunseit, A., Midthjell, K., Holmen, J., Holmen, T., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2014). Cross-sectional associations of total sitting and leisure screen time with cardiometabolic risk in adults. Results from the HUNT Study, Norway. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(1), 78-84. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Daley, M., Srinivasan, A., Dunn, S., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2014). Desk-based workers' perspectives on using sit-stand workstations: a qualitative analysis of the Stand@Work study. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Pedisic, Z., Ding, D., Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Banks, E., Stamatakis, E., Jalaludin, B., Bauman, A. (2014). High sitting time or obesity: Which came first? Bidirectional association in a longitudinal study of 31,787 Australian adults. Obesity, 22(10), 2126-2130. [More Information]
  • St George, A., Chau, J., Chey, T., King, L., Bauman, A. (2014). How do chronic disease risk factors vary across Australian industries: Implications for "Healthy Worker" initiatives. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 30(1).
  • Van Der Ploeg, H., Chey, T., Ding, D., Chau, J., Stamatakis, E., Bauman, A. (2014). Standing time and all-cause mortality in a large cohort of Australian adults. Preventive Medicine, 69, 187-191. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Daley, M., Dunn, S., Srinivasan, A., Do, A., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2014). The effectiveness of sit-stand workstations for changing office workers' sitting time: results from the Stand@Work randomized controlled trial pilot. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11(1), 1-10. [More Information]

2013

  • Grunseit, A., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Bauman, A. (2013). "Thinking on your feet": A qualitative evaluation of sit-stand desks in an Australian workplace. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Stamatakis, E., Chau, J., Pedisic, Z., Bauman, A., Macniven, R., Coombs, N., Hamer, M. (2013). Are Sitting Occupations Associated with Increased All-Cause, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Risk? A Pooled Analysis of Seven British Population Cohorts. PloS One, 8(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Grunseit, A., Chey, T., Stamatakis, E., Brown, W., Matthews, C., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2013). Daily Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis. PloS One, 8(11), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Callaghan, S., Chau, J., Willaby, H., Ding, D., Freeman, B., Thow, A. (2013). Debate: Public Health needs the nanny state - Personal Responsibility vs Nanny State. New Minds, Fresh Discoveries: Our Public Health Research - University of Sydney School of Public Health’s Research Presentation Day, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Radas, A., Mackey, M., Leaver, A., Bouvier, A., Chau, J., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2013). Evaluation of ergonomic and education interventions to reduce occupational sitting in office-based university workers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Van Der Ploeg, H., Venugopal, K., Chau, J., van Poppel, M., Breeveld, K., Merom, D., Bauman, A. (2013). Non-occupational sedentary behaviors: population changes in The Netherlands, 1975-2005. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(4), 382-387. [More Information]
  • Bennie, J., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Stamatakis, E., Do, A., Bauman, A. (2013). The prevalence and correlates of sitting in European adults - a comparison of 32 Eurobarometer-participating countries. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Chau, J., Ding, D., Bennie, J. (2013). Too Much Sitting and Cardio-Metabolic Risk: An Update of Epidemiological Evidence. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 7(4), 293-298. [More Information]

2012

  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Merom, D., Chey, T., Bauman, A. (2012). Cross-sectional associations between occupational and leisure-time sitting, physical activity and obesity in working adults. Preventive Medicine, 54(3-4), 195-200. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Merom, D., Grunseit, A., Rissel, C., Bauman, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2012). Temporal trends in non-occupational sedentary behaviours from Australian Time Use Surveys 1992, 1997 and 2006. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(19 June 2012), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Dunn, S., Kurko, J., Bauman, A. (2012). Validity of the Occupational Sitting and Physical Activity Questionnaire. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(1), 118-125. [More Information]

2011

  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Dunn, S., Kurko, J., Bauman, A. (2011). A tool for measuring workers' sitting time by domain: the Workforce Sitting Questionnaire. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(15), 1216-1222. [More Information]
  • Hebden, L., King, L., Chau, J., Kelly, B. (2011). Food advertising on children's popular subscription television channels in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(2), 127-130. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Ainsworth, B., Sallis, J., Hagströmer, M., Craig, C., Bull, F., Pratt, M., Venugopal, K., Chau, J., Sjöström, M. (2011). The Descriptive Epidemiology of Sitting: A 20-Country Comparison Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(2), 228-235. [More Information]

2010

  • Van Der Ploeg, H., Merom, D., Chau, J., Bittman, M., Trost, S., Bauman, A. (2010). Advances in population surveillance for physical activity and sedentary behavior: reliability and validity of time use surveys. American Journal of Epidemiology, 172(10), 1199-1206. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., van Uffelen, J., Wong, J., Riphagen, I., Healy, G., Gibson, N., Dunstan, D., Bauman, A., Owen, N., et al (2010). Are workplace interventions to reduce sitting effective? A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 51(5), 352-356. [More Information]
  • Brown, W., van Uffelen, J., Proper, K., Chau, J., Burton, N., Gilson, N., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2010). Is Too Much Sitting Really Bad for Health and What Can Be Done About It? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7(3), S319-S320.
  • van Uffelen, J., Wong, J., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Riphagen, I., Gilson, N., Burton, N., Healy, G., Thorp, A., Clark, B., Bauman, A., et al (2010). Occupational sitting and health risks: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39(4), 379-388. [More Information]

2009

  • Merom, D., Chey, T., Chau, J., Smith, B., Barr, M., Bauman, A. (2009). Are messages about lifestyle walking being heard? Trends in walking for all purposes in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Preventive Medicine, 48(4), 341-344. [More Information]
  • King, L., Kelly, B., Gill, T., Chau, J., Chapman, K. (2009). Consultancy Report on Inappropriate Food Marketing to the National Preventative Taskforce, (pp. 3 - 46). Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney.
  • Cust, A., Armstrong, B., Smith, B., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Bauman, A. (2009). Self-Reported Confidence in Recall as a Predictor of Validity and Repeatability of Physical Activity Questionnaire Data. Epidemiology, 20(3), 433-441. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Bonfiglioli, C., Chey, T., Bauman, A. (2009). The Cinderella of public health news: physical activity coverage in Australian newspapers, 1986-2006. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33(2), 189-192. [More Information]
  • Bauman, A., Chau, J. (2009). The role of media in promoting physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(s2), s196-s210. [More Information]

2008

  • Chau, J., Smith, B., Bauman, A., Merom, D., Eyeson-Annan, M., Chey, T., Farrell, L. (2008). Recent trends in physical activity in New South Wales. Is the tide of inactivity turning? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(1), 82-85. [More Information]
  • Cust, A., Smith, B., Chau, J., Van Der Ploeg, H., Friedenreich, C., Armstrong, B., Bauman, A. (2008). Validity and repeatability of the EPIC physical activity questionnaire: a validation study using accelerometers as an objective measure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5, 33-1-33-13. [More Information]

2007

  • Kelly, B., Chau, J. (2007). Children's television sub-standards: a call for significant amendments. The Medical Journal of Australia, 186(1), 18. [More Information]

2006

  • Smith, B., Zehle, K., Bauman, A., Chau, J., Hawkshaw, B., Frost, S., Thomas, M. (2006). Quantitative methods used in Australian health promotion research: a review of publications from 1992-2002. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 17(1), 32-36. [More Information]

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