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Health-related education for sustainability: public health workforce needs and the role of higher education

Patrick, Rebecca, Kingsley, Jonathan and Capetola, Teresa 2016, Health-related education for sustainability: public health workforce needs and the role of higher education, Australian journal of environmental education, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 192-205, doi: 10.1017/aee.2016.11.

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Title Health-related education for sustainability: public health workforce needs and the role of higher education
Author(s) Patrick, RebeccaORCID iD for Patrick, Rebecca orcid.org/0000-0002-5537-243X
Kingsley, Jonathan
Capetola, Teresa
Journal name Australian journal of environmental education
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 192
End page 205
Total pages 14
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 0814-0626
2049-775X
Summary Public health practitioners have important roles to play in addressing environmental sustainability imperatives that have an impact on human health. Yet, to date, the extent to which practitioners are willing and able to address these issues is an understudied subject. This article draws on the findings of two qualitative studies involving 49 interviews with public health and/or sustainability practitioners and academics from Australia to highlight the capacity-building needs of the sector within the 'health and sustainability' space. The findings of this study raise several issues for workforce development and partnership building, contending that content on environmental sustainability should be integrated into all university courses. Underscoring gaps and opportunities, the article also reflects themes in the literature in relation to health-related education for sustainability; in particular, requirements for generic and transferable professional competencies and the role of universities in knowledge exchange and creation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/aee.2016.11
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090990

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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