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

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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)


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.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/1359105310378911
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID21679, Australia, community-building, inequality of health, intervention poverty
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