The benefits of community participation in rural health service development: where is the evidence?

Preston, Robyn, Waugh, Hilary, Taylor, Judy, and Larkins, Sarah (2009) The benefits of community participation in rural health service development: where is the evidence? In: Proceedings of the 10th National Rural Health Conference , pp. 1-20. From: 10th National Rural Health Conference, 17-20 May 2009, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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Abstract

The term ‘community participation’ is commonly understood as the collective involvement of local people in assessing their needs and organising strategies to meet those needs. The importance of community participation in rural health service development is uncontested. The rural health policy framework Healthy Horizons Outlook includes the principle, ‘participation by individuals, communities and special groups in determining their health priorities should be pursued as a basis for successful programs and services to maintain and improve their health’. The document also states that ‘social capability and the physical capacity to plan and implement local programs are required for communities to improve and maintain their health’

Item ID: 5316
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 14453363
ISSN: 978-1-921219-15-3
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2009 00:40
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
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