Health Sociology Review

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, June

Assisted Dying: Reflections on the Need for Law Reform
ASSISTED DYING: REFLECTIONS ON THE NEED FOR LAW REFORM Sheila McLean Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish 2007, 213 pp, ISBN: 1-84472-054-3I accepted the offer of reviewing this book for three reasons. First, I thought it would help inform my current...
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Biological Psychiatry and Changing Ideas about 'Mental Health Prevention' in Australian Psychiatry: Risk and Individualism
ABSTRACTThis paper explores the relationship between the prominent aetiological frameworks for mental illness in Australian psychiatry, and ideas and strategies for preventing mental illness. Data is drawn from the Australian and New Zealand Journal...
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Communicating in the Health and Social Sciences
COMMUNICATING IN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Joy Higgs, Ann Sefton, Annette Street, Lindy McAllister and Ian Hay (eds) South Melbourne: Oxford University Press 2004, PB xiv+274 pp, AUD 39.95 ISBN 0 19 551698 2Communicating in the Health and Social...
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Doctor on Campus: A General Practice Initiative for Detection and Early Intervention of Mental Health Problems in a Rural Australian Secondary School
ABSTRACTThe aim of this paper is to review issues related to early intervention in mental health among adolescent students, and to specifically evaluate a school-based, early intervention program, which sought to address issues of mental health among...
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Editorial
Welcome to another edition of the Health Sociology Review. It seems but a short time since writing my last editorial - on the eve of the 2007 federal election - with all the attendant anxieties about the future. With the Australian Labor Party now firmly...
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Global Challenges, Global Solutions? A Cross-National Comparison of Primary Health Care in Britain, Norway and the Czech Republic
ABSTRACTAre current health policy changes leading to a greater degree of convergence in the health systems of European nations, or to a pattern of divergence? How can the degree of convergence/divergence be explained, and what can it tell us about local...
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Governing Global Health: Challenge, Response, Innovation
GOVERNING GLOBAL HEALTH: CHALLENGE, RESPONSE, INNOVATION Andrew Cooper, John Kirton and Ted Schrecker (eds) Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing 2007, HB 320 pp, GBP 55.00 ISBN 978-0-7546-4873-4The concept of 'governing global health' is problematic. Is there...
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INDIGENOUS FAMILIES: (Special Edition of Family Matters -the Journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies)
INDIGENOUS FAMILIES (Special edition of Family Matters -the journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies) Matthew Gray and Ellen Fish (eds) Melbourne: The Australian Institute of Family Studies 2006, 96 pp, JSSN 1030-2646 (Print), JSSN 1832-8318...
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Left Out: Perspectives on Social Exclusion and Inclusion across Income Groups
ABSTRACTThe goal of this paper is to explore the experiences of exclusion and inclusion of both low and higher-income people within a 'social determinants of health framework'. In the first phase of this research, individual interviews with 60 high-income...
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Making Sense of Research: An Introduction for Health and Social Care Practitioners
MAKING SENSE OF RESEARCH: AN INTRODUCTION FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PRACTITIONERS Gil Hek and Pam Moule London: Sage 2006, PB 132 pp, AUD 51.23, ISBN 10141292362XThe authors of this book say their purpose s to 'demystify' research through assisting...
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Modernity's Paradox and the Structural Determinants of Child Health and Well-Being
ABSTRACTThe decline in indicators of human development linked to rising social inequalities, despite post-modern society's unprecedented economic prosperity, has been called 'modernity's paradox' (Keating and Hertzman 1999). Scholars of developmental...
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The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders/sociology and Medicine: Selected Essays by P.M. Strong
THE MEDICALIZATION OF SOCIETY: ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF HUMAN CONDITIONS INTO TREATABLE DISORDERS Peter Conrad Baltimore MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press 2007, PB 204 pp, AUD 34.95 ISBN 978-0-8018-8585-3SOCIOLOGY AND MEDICINE: SELECTED ESSAYS BY...
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The Socioeconomic Impact of Antiretroviral Treatment on Individuals in Soweto, South Africa
ABSTRACTThis research explores the short-term socioeconomic effect of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in HlVpositive patients attending the Perinatal HIVResearch Unit clinics in Soweto, South Africa. An overall increase in mean personal and household...
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The Symbolic Power of 'Healthy Lifestyles'
ABSTRACTWithin the health promotion context, 'lifestyle' is a contested concept. On the one hand, it is an incontestable health determinant, and as such forms the primary focus of traditional health education; whilst, on the other, the customary usage...
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The Worry Busters Program: An Anxiety Intervention for Primary Aged Children
THE WORRY BUSTERS PROGRAM: AN ANXIETY INTERVENTION FOR PRIMARY AGED CHILDRENMarilyn Campbell (Author)Melissa Bates (Illustrations)Teneriffe Qld: Post Pressed 2006; distributed by eContent Management Pty Ltd, Maleny Qld.Titles in the series include: Teaching...
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Workers Compensation in Western Australia: The Shifting Landscape of Workers' Rights
ABSTRACTIn 2004 and 2005 the West Australian Labor Government significantly amended the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA) (the Act). These amendments followed over a decade of shifting power plays and uncertainty for the many stakeholders...
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