Health Sociology Review

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, 2008

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...
Biological Psychiatry and Changing Ideas about 'Mental Health Prevention' in Australian Psychiatry: Risk and Individualism
IntroductionThis paper explores the impact of the ascendency of biological psychiatry upon the construction of mental health prevention strategies in Australia. The central premise is that there has been a fundamental shift in the construction of mental...
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...
Doctor on Campus: A General Practice Initiative for Detection and Early Intervention of Mental Health Problems in a Rural Australian Secondary School
IntroductionThis paper explores the issue of early ntervention in adolescent mental health n rural communities, and evaluates the effectiveness of a school-based, early intervention program in a rural community in southern Australia. The specific program...
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...
Global Challenges, Global Solutions? A Cross-National Comparison of Primary Health Care in Britain, Norway and the Czech Republic
IntroductionWestern welfare states are facing new challenges in their efforts to ensure universal access to affordable, high-quality health services. The new challenges are tied to cultural, economic, political, medical and demographic changes such as...
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...
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...
Left Out: Perspectives on Social Exclusion and Inclusion across Income Groups
IntroductionSocial exclusion' refers to deeply embedded societal processes whereby certain groups are unable to fully participate in and benefit from major societal institutions (Galabuzi 2004, 2005; Labonte 2004), and experience economic, political...
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...
Modernity's Paradox and the Structural Determinants of Child Health and Well-Being
IntroductionIn their seminal book, 'Developmental Health and the Wealth of Nations', Keating and Hertzman (1999:1) point to a paradox that confronts our economically prosperous, modern societies:We are witnesses to a dramatic expansion of market-based...
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...
The Socioeconomic Impact of Antiretroviral Treatment on Individuals in Soweto, South Africa
IntroductionIn South Africa, HIV prevalence among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics has peaked at 30.2% (Department of Health 2005). UNAIDS and WHO (2005) reported that an estimated one million people in South Africa require antiretroviral treatment....
The Symbolic Power of 'Healthy Lifestyles'
IntroductionLfestyle is a concept often used in research ind debate on health and health-related behaviours. It is also commonly used in the social and behavioural sciences, and in the language of marketing (Clarke 2003:129). In addition, lifestyle is...
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...
Workers Compensation in Western Australia: The Shifting Landscape of Workers' Rights
IntroductionThis paper maps a recent chronological journey of Western Australian workers compensation policy and legislation. Following each period of change a contextual discussion is provided, embedding the policy changes within some of the key shifts...
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