Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Working with Communities in Health and Human Services

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Working with Communities in Health and Human Services

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Working with communities in health and human services Taylor J, Wilkinson D, Cheers B Oxford University Press, 2007 ISBN: 978 O 19 555835 7. 291 + xix pages . RRP: $65

ACCORDING TO the back cover, Working with communities in health and human services has been designed to "support a 'reflective practice' approach and to enable students to develop skills for working with communities with diverse needs." The text is comprised of three key sections around theory and concepts used to understand communities; conceptual approaches to and practice frameworks for working with communities; and practical working skills.

The text is well set out and is easy to read. The authors have utilised appropriate case studies to support the chapter content and included useful practical tips and case studies, and the chapter summaries bring key issues together.

This book is somewhat of an "overview" text. It covers a lot of territory and the content is fairly superficial. For those that don't understand key concepts of working with communities on healthspecific projects or don't come from this area of work, the text would leave you wanting more.

There were a few key areas that the text could have devoted more attention to. …

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