Community capacity building for health promotion: Lessons from a regional Australian initiative
Fleming, Mary-Lou, Higgins, Helen C., Owen, Neville, Clavarino, Alexandra, Brown, Wendy J., Lloyd, Jacqui, & Gould, Patricia M. (2007) Community capacity building for health promotion: Lessons from a regional Australian initiative. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 13(3), pp. 22-28.
This paper discusses a health promotion intervention, which set out to develop local capacity to address chronic disease risk factors in a remote Australian community. Community focus groups, and researcher and community discussions, aimed to determine the community’s health concerns and build a partnership for community action. The journey from conception to reality was difficult for a number of reasons that are described here. Despite these difficulties, a range of outcomes included the establishment of an organizational structure that involved a local health promotion committee as the principal decision-maker, the establishment of a grants scheme to support locally determined initiatives and the formal incorporation of a community Health Promotion Committee(HPC) that ensured the sustainability of activities beyond the funded project period. The HPC is currently still coordinating health promotion activities. The promotion of community-ownership of health promotion activities is a complicated process; given that time, resources, expertise and community involvement require a much longer-term commitment than that currently imposed by many funding bodies.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Community action, Community development, Health promotion, Rural|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Australian Institute for Primary Care, La Trobe University|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||01 Jul 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:31|
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