Sustainable practice in resource-poor environments

Jensen, Heather, and Thomas, Yvonne (2004) Sustainable practice in resource-poor environments. In: Whitford, Gail, and Wright-St Clair, Valerie , (eds.) Occupation & Practice in Context. Elsevier, Marrickville, NSW, Australia, pp. 254-269.

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Abstract

This chapter identifies and explores the major issues encountered by health professionals working in developing countries where resources are scarce, services are minimal and community awareness of disability is informed by differing belief systems. Increasing opportunities for professionals to work in resource-poor communities highlight the need for consideration of theories of community development and sustainable programs. In this chapter, readers are provided with a case example of the experience of a professional group of staff and students, in this instance occupational therapists, working on an island in Papua New Guinea. The description of the experience explores the salient issues of access, individual and community needs and cultural differences relating to communication, occupation and the meaning of disability. Specific case vignettes are included to illustrate these issues more powerfully. Analysis is provided by relating the experience to theories of culture, occupation, primary health care and sustainability. The chapter concludes with consideration of the importance of reflection on practice and the benefit of the experience to working in any culture, including one's own.

Item ID: 7438
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: community development; culture; occupation; occupational therapy; resource poor environments
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ISBN: 978-0-7295-3753-7
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2010 01:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 49%
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