Core health promotion competencies in Australia : are they compatible with climate change action?

Patrick, Rebecca and Smith, James A. 2011, Core health promotion competencies in Australia : are they compatible with climate change action?, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 22, Special issue : climate change and health promotion, pp. S28-S33.

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Title Core health promotion competencies in Australia : are they compatible with climate change action?
Author(s) Patrick, Rebecca
Smith, James A.
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 22
Season Special issue : climate change and health promotion
Start page S28
End page S33
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Maroochydore, Qld.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) climate change
health promotion
competencies
sustainability
food security
Summary Issues addressed: Health promotion principles for practice are closely aligned with that of environmental sustainability. Health promotion practitioners are well positioned to take action on climate change. However, there has been scant discussion about practice synergies and subsequently the type and nature of professional competencies that underpin such action.

Methods: This commentary uses the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) national core competencies for Health Promotion Practitioners as a basis to examine the synergies between climate change and health promotion action.

Results: We demonstrate that AHPA core competencies, such as program planning, evaluation and partnership building, are highly compatible for implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. We use food security examples to illustrate this case.

Conclusions: There appears to be considerable synergy between climate change and health promotion action. This should be a key focus of future health promotion competency development in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041129

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