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

Synopsis

an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of health promotion in a developed country such as Australia' From the foreword by Professor Brian Oldenburg This widely used text offers a comprehensive overview of the field of health promotion. Drawing on current Australian and international research, the authors provide a detailed review of health promotion principles. They demonstrate how these principles fit into the broader public health context, and how they can be integrated into practice in a range of settings, including the workplace, schools, rural communities, Indigenous communities and health care organisations. The authors also include a step-by-step guide to program management from planning to evaluation. This third edition includes new material on the use of evidence in health promotion practice, and on the increasing importance of an ecological perspective. The text has been fully revised with new data and case studies, and planning models have been updated to reflect current practice. Health Promotion is an essential text for students and a valuable resource for health professionals.

Excerpt

There has been a clear and very impressive decline in preventable mortality in most developed countries, including Australia, since the 1960s. While inferring precise causal relationships is always difficult, preventive activities and health promotion have undoubtedly contributed to this decline. For example, health promotion programs and activities have certainly contributed to the decline in the number of deaths due to circulatory diseases, unintentional accidents, injuries and poisonings, infectious diseases and some cancers. Australia is recognised internationally for many of its health promotion programs and preventive activities, as well as its contribution to research in this field.

The strength of health promotion practice and research in countries like Australia has come about as a result of several factors. First, there is a generally well developed infrastructure for, and commitment to, health promotion and prevention at all levels of government in Australia. Second, there has been an increase in the funding of public health programs, as well as the research and evaluation efforts that underpin these activities. Finally, there is an increasingly well trained and differentiated public health and health promotion workforce.

All of this progress notwithstanding, the global and other challenges confronting health promotion and public health professionals in this new millennium are still substantial, and we need to continue learning from the lessons of the past and to improve further on our practice in the future. The skills required of health promotion practitioners are many and varied, and the knowledge base is expanding daily. This book provides an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of health promotion in a developed country such as Australia. It identifies the position of health promotion with respect to public health, and the steps and skills required for effective health promotion practice. Most importantly, though, the book tells us in a very practical, down-to-earth fashion how to plan, implement, manage and . . .

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