Service provision factors that affect the health and wellbeing of people living in a lower SES environment: the perspective of service providers
Savage, Sally, Bailey, Susan, Wellman, David and Brady, Sharon 2005, Service provision factors that affect the health and wellbeing of people living in a lower SES environment: the perspective of service providers, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 11-18.
Inequalities in health and wellbeing within low socioeconomic (SES) environments are well documented. Factors inherent to the health care system itself, such as inaccessible, inflexible or inappropriate seroiceprovision, contribute to the poorer health status ofresidents oflow SES areas. This paper explores the issues ofseroice provision in low SES areas, documenting the perceptions of seroice providers about the seroice needs of residents, in order to understand the systemic factors that negatively impact on health and wellbeing. A total of54 health and welfare seroice providers from two adjacent low SES suburbs within regional Victoria were interoiewed using qualitative research methods. Keyfindings indicate that successful navigation of health care seroices by residents within these low SES environments is being impeded by issues ofaccess, a lack ofappropriate early interoention options or measures, and general resident disempowerment. Central to the improvement of seroice provision is the need for seroices to become economically, geographically and culturally accessible. In particular, the importance of community involvement in health planning and health promoting seroices must be reflected in the ethos ofseroice provision.
Field of Research
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified