Strong in the City: Toward a Strength Based Approach in Indigenous Health Promotion

Brough, Mark K., Bond, Chelsea, & Hunt, Julian (2004) Strong in the City: Toward a Strength Based Approach in Indigenous Health Promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 15(3), pp. 215-220.


Issues Addressed: To describe the potential for strength based approaches in health promotion with the example of an urban Indigenous community

Method: Qualitative methods were used to describe an Indigenous perspective about community strength. The results were then used to inform a community development approach to health promotion.

Results: Five key strengths were described: 1) Extended Family; 2) Commitment to Community; 3) Neighbourhood Networks; 4) Community Organisations; and 5) Community Events. Working with these strengths, five kinds of resourcing strategies were pursued through various community development activities. These included: 1) professional support and development; 2) Networking Resources; 3) Management Support; 4) Specialist Support; and 5) Financial Support.

Conclusion: Standard needs assessment logic generally focuses our attention on gaps and weaknesses. This does not allow health promotion practice to acknowledge the existing social resources within communities which should be supported to promote better health. We suggest there are significant lessons here for community capacity building agendas, currently popular in social policy.

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ID Code: 10167
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, health promotion, community development, capacity building
ISSN: 1036-1073
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australian Health Promotion Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:39

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