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Applying the Mandala of Health in the Anthropocene

Langmaid, Georgia, Patrick, Rebecca, Kingsley, Jonathan and Lawson, Justin 2020, Applying the Mandala of Health in the Anthropocene, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1002/hpja.434.

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Title Applying the Mandala of Health in the Anthropocene
Author(s) Langmaid, Georgia
Patrick, RebeccaORCID iD for Patrick, Rebecca orcid.org/0000-0002-5537-243X
Kingsley, Jonathan
Lawson, JustinORCID iD for Lawson, Justin orcid.org/0000-0002-5934-8752
Journal name Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Article ID hpja.434
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ
Publication date 2020-10-17
ISSN 1036-1073
2201-1617
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Anthropocene
cultural determinants
ecological determinants
health promotion
Mandala of Health
planetary health
ABORIGINAL PEOPLES CONNECTION
CLIMATE-CHANGE
PROMOTION
SUSTAINABILITY
COUNTRY
Summary Issue addressed: The Anthropocene is a new era in which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The negative impact humans have on the earth's systems pose significant threats to human health. Health promotion is a discipline well placed to respond to planetary health challenges of the Anthropocene. The overarching aim of this paper is to describe the elements of 21st century socio‐ecological health and apply them in a revised socio‐ecological framework for health promotion.Methods: A qualitative description study design was employed to explore the significance of ecological and cultural determinants of health and review models in contemporary health promotion to inform the development of a revised Mandala of Health. Purposeful sampling was used to recruit ten experts from across Australia including academics and practitioners working at the nexus of health promotion, environmental management and sustainability. Data were analysed thematically, using deductive and inductive methods.Results: A revised Mandala of Health could address existing gaps in health promotion theory and practice. Ecological and cultural determinants of health were considered essential components of health promotion that is often lacking in socio‐ecological frameworks. Indigenous Knowledge Systems were considered immensely important when addressing ecological and cultural determinants of health.Conclusions: A revised Mandala of Health could encourage development of contemporary health models, assisting health promotion to evolve with the health and environmental issues of the Anthropocene. This study highlights the need for more theoretical development and empirical research regarding ecological and cultural determinants of health in a health promotion context.So what?: In the context of the Anthropocene, this study highlights the potential gaps in health promotion theory and practice in terms of the natural environment and health and emphasises the need of a paradigm shift to embed ecological and cultural determinants with other determinants of health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/hpja.434
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Author(s)
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
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