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Capacity building : just rhetoric, or a way forward in addressing health inequality?

Bowen, Shelley, Harris, Elizabeth and Hyde, Jim 2001, Capacity building : just rhetoric, or a way forward in addressing health inequality?, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 56-60.

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Title Capacity building : just rhetoric, or a way forward in addressing health inequality?
Author(s) Bowen, Shelley
Harris, Elizabeth
Hyde, Jim
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 60
Total pages 5
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Camperdown, N. S. W.
Publication date 2001-04
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) capacity building
inequality
Summary Issue addressed: It is time to move beyond defining the problem of health inequality to taking action. The response required is complex and calls for system wide action. It is in this context that a discussion of increasing the capacity of the health system to respond to health inequality is both timely and essential. Methods: This paper looks at a capacity building framework that has been developed by the New South Wales Health Department and provides an example of a number of projects that have applied capacity building strategies. Conclusion: Addressing health inequality presents a significant challenge to health promotion practitioners. Emerging capacity building theory provides direction for strategies to build the capacity of a health system to address equity. It proposes a set of practical actions using the five focus areas of organisational development, workforce development, resource allocation, partnerships and leadership. So what?: A capacity building approach by itself will not provide the mandate and framework for the action that needs to be taken to address health inequality, but it helps to ensure that once potential solutions are identified the health system has the capacity to respond.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Australian Health Promotion Association
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046441

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