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Type: Journal article
Title: Community and health sector partnerships for primary prevention in Australia: Developing a typology
Author: Taylor, J.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
Cargo, M.
Larkins, S.
Preston, R.
Citation: Current Sociology, 2012; 60(4):506-521
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0011-3921
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Judy Taylor, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Margaret Cargo, Sarah Larkins, Robyn Preston
Abstract: The Australian health system requires novel strategies to implement widespread primary prevention to reduce the burden of chronic illness. One approach is for health sectors to draw on resources available in communities of place and to form partnerships which maximize the relevance and uptake of initiatives designed to promote healthy lifestyles. This article presents a typology of conceptual approaches to community and health sector partnerships, developed through an extensive literature search and empirically tested using in-depth case studies across regional Australia. The article finds that the health sector’s orientation to primary prevention is generally instrumental involving highly targeted outcomes and pre-defined programmes. Communities of place have multifaceted priorities that include building the social and economic sustainability of their community. While these approaches might appear incompatible, careful 'manipulation' and 'massaging' of instrumental objectives to adjust to community agendas and the presence of 'boundary crossers' can lead to successful primary prevention outcomes.
Keywords: Australia
chronic illness
community health partnerships
health promotion
primary healthcare
Rights: © The Author(s) 2012
DOI: 10.1177/0011392112438334
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