Health Promotion: Principles and Practice in the Australian Context

Health Promotion: Principles and Practice in the Australian Context

Health Promotion: Principles and Practice in the Australian Context

Health Promotion: Principles and Practice in the Australian Context

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If we look back over the centuries, we see that the process of maintaining and enhancing general community health has evolved through a shifting array of theories and public health practices. With each new era, new methods have been sought to address the most common causes of mortality and morbidity in society. In recent years the need for a fundamental change in public health strategy has arisen, one in which health promotion has a vital part to play because of the impact of human behaviour and social milieu on health. Health promotion has emerged as a multidisciplinary approach to tackling current causes of mortality and morbidity and to advancing the public's health.

Stimulated by the World Health Organisation's activities in the 1970s and 1980s, health promotion in Australia has flourished at both national and state levels where government bodies have been structured, health promotion foundations established and, in universities, health promotion teaching programs introduced. This has meant that students, teachers and practitioners need to keep up with advances in the theory, skills and practice of health promotion in Australia. Practitioners and practitionersto-be need to understand the roots of health promotion within the realm of public health, to become skilled in program planning and evaluation, and to be able to manage programs. In addition, practitioners can learn new things from studying the application of theory in a range of different practical settings. This book has been written with these needs in mind. Current approaches in health promotion and the challenges they pose . . .

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