Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Community Nursing in Australia

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Community Nursing in Australia

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Book review Community Nursing In Australia Kralik D, van Loon A (eds) Wiley-Blackwell, 2007 ISBN: 9781405151733. xviii + 342 pages. RRP: $64.95.

THIS BOOK AIMS to be a comprehensive insight into community nursing in Australia. The text largely achieves this claim and in doing so has provided one of the first texts of its type context-ualised specifically at Australian community nursing issues.

The book comprises 24 well organised and clear chapters around the three primary elements: the organisation of community nursing in Australia; the rapidly changing environment of community health delivery; and the specific practice elements of community nursing care. The chapters are well set out and include a focussed conclusion that really distils the essential elements. The text makes appropriate use of case studies, and scenarios add to the quality of the overall product.

One area that could have been given more prominence would have been a specific chapter on issues concerning the community nursing care of Australia's Indigenous population, as well as a chapter on community nursing approaches to stigmatised and marginalised groups. …

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