Exploring Australian health promotion and environmental sustainability initiatives

Patrick, Rebecca and Kingsley, Jonathan 2016, Exploring Australian health promotion and environmental sustainability initiatives, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 36-42, doi: 10.1071/HE15008.

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Title Exploring Australian health promotion and environmental sustainability initiatives
Author(s) Patrick, RebeccaORCID iD for Patrick, Rebecca orcid.org/0000-0002-5537-243X
Kingsley, Jonathan
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 36
End page 42
Total pages 7
Publisher CSIRO
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) climate change
Data Collection
Environmental Health
Health Promotion
Middle Aged
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary Issue addressed: Health promotion practitioners have important roles in applying ecosystem approaches to health and actively promoting environmental sustainability within community-level practice. The present study identified the nature and scope of health promotion activities across Australia that tackle environmental sustainability.

Methods: A mixed-method approach was used, with 82 participants undertaking a quantitative survey and 11 undertaking a qualitative interview. Purposeful sampling strategies were used to recruit practitioners who were delivering community-level health promotion and sustainability programs in Australia. The data were analysed thematically and interpretation was guided by the principles of triangulation.

Results: Study participants were at various stages of linking health promotion and environmental sustainability. Initiatives focused on healthy and sustainable food, active transport, energy efficiency, contact with nature and capacity building.

Conclusion: Capacity building approaches were perceived as essential to strengthening this field of practice. Healthy and sustainable food and active transport were suitable platforms for simultaneously promoting community health and sustainability. There was potential for expansion of programs that emphasise contact with nature and energy issues, as well as interventions that emphasise systems thinking and interdisciplinary approaches.

So what? It was promising that Australian health promotion programs have started to address complexity rather than single issues, as evidenced by explicit engagement with environmental sustainability. However, more effort is required to enable a shift towards ecosystem approaches to health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/HE15008
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
1117 Public Health And Health 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, Australian Health Promotion Association
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