Incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice

Patrick, Rebecca, Capetola, Teresa, Townsend, Mardie and Hanna, Lisa 2011, Incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice, Ecohealth, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 277-289.

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Title Incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice
Author(s) Patrick, Rebecca
Capetola, Teresa
Townsend, Mardie
Hanna, Lisa
Journal name Ecohealth
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 277
End page 289
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1612-9202
1612-9210
Keyword(s) healthcare
health promotion
climate change
sustainability
Summary There is now irrefutable evidence that climate change and increasing environmental degradation negatively affect population health. Healthcare plays an important role in addressing these emerging environmental challenges, considering its core aim is to protect and promote health. Preliminary research in Victoria, Australia, suggests that healthcare practitioners are endeavouring to factor in environmental concerns into their practice. Health promotion, an integral part of the healthcare system, is considered an area of practice that can support action on sustainability. Based on five qualitative case studies and key stakeholder interviews, this article explores key barriers and facilitators to incorporating sustainability into community-based healthcare practice. The findings demonstrate that despite multiple barriers, including funding and lack of policy direction, health promotion principles and practices can enable action on sustainability.
Notes Article first available online 2nd November 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer
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