Health promotion and climate change : exploring the core competencies required for action

Patrick, Rebecca, Capetola, Teresa, Townsend, Mardie and Nuttman, Sonia 2011, Health promotion and climate change : exploring the core competencies required for action, Health promotion international, vol. 27, no. 4, Advance Access, pp. 475-485.

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Title Health promotion and climate change : exploring the core competencies required for action
Author(s) Patrick, Rebecca
Capetola, Teresa
Townsend, Mardie
Nuttman, Sonia
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Season Advance Access
Start page 475
End page 485
Total pages 11
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) climate change
health promotion
competencies
Summary Climate change poses serious threats to human health and well-being. It exacerbates existing health inequities, impacts on the social determinants of health and disproportionately affects vulnerable populations. In the Australian region these include remote Aboriginal communities, Pacific Island countries and people with low incomes. Given health promotion’s remit to protect and promote health, it should be well placed to respond to emerging climate-related health challenges. Yet, to date, there has been little evidence to demonstrate this. This paper draws on the findings of a qualitative study conducted in Victoria, Australia to highlight that; while there is clearly a role for health promotion in climate change mitigation and adaptation at the national and international levels, there is also a need for the engagement of health promoters at the community level. This raises several key issues for health promotion practice. To be better prepared to respond to climate change, health promotion practitioners first need to re-engage with the central tenets of the Ottawa Charter, namely the interconnectedness of humans and the natural environment and, secondly, the need to adopt ideas and frameworks from the sustainability field. The findings also open up a discussion for paradigmatic shifts in health promotion thinking and acting in the context of climate change.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Oxford University Press
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