Community Nursing Practice: Theory, Skills and Issues

By Winsome St John; Helen Keleher | Go to book overview
Helen Keleher
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POPULATION HEALTH
ISSUES IN AUSTRALIA
OverviewThis chapter examines population health approaches to understanding health. The health status of communities and populations is an important foundation of community-based and population health interventions. Of course, patterns of health status are dynamic, so it is just as important that nurses understand where to find relevant health information as it is to know about current health issues. Explanatory frameworks about individual and population-level approaches are put forward to illustrate different levels of interventions which can assist people to improve their health. Contemporary policy and programs which draw on the determinants of health (discussed in Chapter 2), and which are focused on strengthening or building communities and neighbourhoods, are discussed.ObjectivesWhen you have read this chapter, you should be able to:
understand health status from population health approaches, and identify the major population health issues in Australia;
know where to access health status data, and identify the various types of data that are available in Australia;
understand the difference between individual-level intervention strategies and population-level approaches to interventions.

Key terms

health status, population health, burden of disease, individual-level interventions, population-level interventions

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