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Community-building: A Strategy to Address Inequality of Health in Australia

Ng, Eddie C. W (2010) Community-building: A Strategy to Address Inequality of Health in Australia. Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (7). pp. 1020-1029. ISSN 1359-1053 (print) 1461-7277 (online)

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Abstract

Given the improvements in the health of Australians in recent decades, not all sectors of populations have benefited equally. Inequality and poverty are major problems. Traditional hierarchical, top—down governance seems ineffective to address these complex problems. An innovative and more participatory community-based approach is called for to address these issues. Community-building approaches, characterized by wide-ranging community involvement, emphasizing strength and collaboration, can be a good vehicle and intervention strategy to address the poverty problem by empowering both the individual and the community. The relevance of the community-building approach to the poverty issue and Australian context is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21679, Australia, community-building, inequality of health, intervention poverty
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 02:13
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2012 07:08
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7180
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105310378911
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