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.

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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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ID Code: 13928
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Community action, Community development, Health promotion, Rural
ISSN: 1448-7527
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 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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