It's here! Are we ready? Five case studies of health promotion practices that address climate change from within Victorian health care settings

Patrick, Rebecca and Capetola, Teresa 2011, It's here! Are we ready? Five case studies of health promotion practices that address climate change from within Victorian health care settings, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 22, Special issue : climate change and health promotion, pp. S61-S67.

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Title It's here! Are we ready? Five case studies of health promotion practices that address climate change from within Victorian health care settings
Author(s) Patrick, Rebecca
Capetola, Teresa
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 22
Season Special issue : climate change and health promotion
Start page S61
End page S67
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Maroochydore, Qld.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) climate change
case studies
health care services
Summary Issue addressed: Climate changes and environmental degradation caused by anthropogenic activities are having an irrefutable impact on human health. The critical role played by health promotion in addressing environmental challenges has a history in seminal charters − such as the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion − that explicitly link human well-being with the natural environment. The lack of documented practice in this field prompted an investigation of health promotion practice that addresses climate change issues within health care settings.

Methods: This qualitative study involved five case studies of Victorian health care agencies that explicitly identified climate change as a priority. Individual and group interviews with ten health promotion funded practitioners as well as document analysis techniques were used to explore diverse practices across these rural, regional and urban health care agencies.

Results: Health promotion practice in these agencies was oriented toward: active and sustainable transport; healthy and sustainable food supply; mental health and community resilience; engaging vulnerable population groups such as women; and organisational development.

Conclusion: Despite differences in approach, target population and context, the core finding was that health promotion strategies, competencies and frameworks were transferable to action on climate change in these health care settings.
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:30041130

Document type: Journal Article
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