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Public Health Practice in Australia : The organised effort - Vivian Lin

Public Health Practice in Australia

The organised effort

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Public Health Practice in Australia offers a thorough introduction to what public health practitioners do, and the 'effort' involved in improving the health of the public...This second edition has been fully revised and updated in line with current policies and practice. It highlights common threads that underlie seemingly disparate activities, ideas and entities that comprise the organised effort of public health practice. The emphasis is on securing and maintaining the conditions in society that enable people to live healthy and fulfilling lives...The authors examine the impact of historical, social, economic, environmental and political factors on the health of individuals, communities and populations. Taking an applied, multidisciplinary approach, they outline the strategies and tools that public health practitioners use to improve health outcomes: identifying infrastructure needs in the workforce, public and private sector organisations, and in regulation; gathering, analysing and using health data; applying interventions in health policy, provision of health services and health promotion...Public Health Practice in Australia draws on current international and Australian research and the interwoven case studies make the theories and concepts come alive. It is a valuable resource for students and professionals across the health sciences including public health, medicine, environmental health, health promotion, health information management and health administration...'The book is impressive in the completeness, clarity and consistency of the material covered, and for the way in which many of the theoretical issues are related to current practice. An extremely useful and valuable reference for both students and practitioners alike.' - Thomas Tenkate, Environmental Health

List of tables and figures..Abbreviations and acronyms..About the authors..Introduction..PART I BACKGROUND: THE BASICS..1 What is public health? Definitions and applications..2 The historical development of public health: Landmarks in the field..3 Health in Australia today: Health status, the health-care system and the place of public health..PART II CONCEPTUAL AND ANALYTICAL TOOLKIT: KEY CONCEPTS AND FRAMEWORKS..4 Distribution of health and its determinants: Changing concepts and models..5 Explaining differences and determinants: Environment, society and behaviour..6 Public health interventions: From quarantine to the rise of 'evidence-based practice'..7 Health systems and policy: Making sense of the complex mosaic..PART III PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE: BUILDING BLOCKS AND THE SYSTEM OF DELIVERY..8 Who delivers public health? Contemporary policies and players..9 Legislative authority for public health action: How governments and societal expectations intersect..10 Public health intelligence: Information and the research base for action..11 Human and financial resources: Essential foundations for action..PART IV PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION: KEY INTERVENTIONS FROM PAST TO PRESENT..12 Surveillance and disease control: From data to intervention..13 Health protection: From the physical environment to ecological health..14 Preventive services: Linking public health and personal health care..15 Health promotion: From lifestyles to societal determinants of health..16 Health maintenance and improvement for vulnerable populations: From needs to rights..PART V PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES: EMERGING ISSUES AND RESPONSES..17 Public health governance: Politics of participation, decision-making and accountability..18 Futures of public health: Where to now for the organised effort?..19 A final note on ethical practice..APPENDICES..Appendix A: Australian core public health functions..Appendix B: Millennium Development Goals..Appendix C: Commonwealth Department of Health structure, 1921-2012..Appendix D: Commonwealth population health divisions, 1961-2012..Appendix E: Approaches and theories for health promotion..Appendix F: Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986 (extract)..Appendix G: Evidence-based public health: Recommendations form Taskforce on Community Preventive Services..Appendix H: Examples of public health laws in Australia..Appendix I: Examples of new diseases identified in humans since 1975..Appendix J: Core environmental health services provided by Health Departments and environment protection agencies..Appendix K: Vaccine start dates in Australia..Appendix L: Common food- or water-borne pathogens..Useful resources..Sources for definitions..Bibliography..Index

ISBN: 9781743435786
ISBN-10: 1743435789
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1