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Community engagement and working with government

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sue Kilpatrick
Community engagement in health care can occur from policy to local community levels. It is consistent with democracy. A systems perspective can see consumers engaged to legitimise government agendas. Often community participation is via consultation instead of partnership or delegation. A community development approach to engagement can empower communities to take responsibility for their own health care. Understanding rural place facilitates alignment between health programs and community, assists incorporate community resources into health care and provides information about health needs. Rural communities, health services and other community organisations need skills in working together to develop effective partnerships that transfer some power from health systems. Rural engagement with national/state agendas is a challenge. Community engagement takes time and resources, but can be expected to lead to better health outcomes for rural residents.

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Event

Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium (1st : 2008 : Brisbane, Qld.)

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36 - 41

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[Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium]

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

Place of publication

[Brisbane, Queensland]

Start date

2008-07-06

End date

2008-07-08

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Title of proceedings

Inaugural Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

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