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Why primary health care offers a more comprehensive approach to tackling health inequities than primary care.

Keleher, Helen 2001, Why primary health care offers a more comprehensive approach to tackling health inequities than primary care., Australian journal of primary health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 57-61, doi: 10.1071/PY01035.

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Title Why primary health care offers a more comprehensive approach to tackling health inequities than primary care.
Author(s) Keleher, Helen
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 57
End page 61
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Summary As governments attempt to focus more intently on how to deal with alarming measures of health disadvantage and inequities, a reformist gaze seems to have settled on the primary care sector. Simultaneously, in literature about this area, whether intended or not, primary health care and primary care are terms that are increasingly interchanged. This article argues that the slippage in language is counter-productive, first because it disguises the transformative potential of strategies and approaches that can make the fundamental changes necessary to improve health status, and second because the structures and practices of the primary care sector are not necessarily compatible with notions of comprehensive primary health care. There is much to be lost if primary health care and health promotion are disguised as primary care, and not understood for their capacity to make a difference to health inequities although of course in some circumstances, comprehensive primary health care is interdependent with services provided by primary care. In this article, characteristics of primary care and primary health care are juxtaposed to show that if the strengths and limitations of each model are understood, they can be mobilised in collaborative partnerships to deal more effectively with health inequities, than our system has so far been able to do.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/PY01035
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, La Trobe University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001301

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health Sciences
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