Community development and empowerment - a review of interventions to improve aboriginal health

Campbell, Danielle, Pyett, Priscilla, McCarthy, Leisa, Whiteside, Mary, and Tsey, Komla (2007) Community development and empowerment - a review of interventions to improve aboriginal health. In: Anderson, Ian, Baum, Fran, and Bentley, Michael, (eds.) Beyond Bandaids: exploring the underlying social determinants of Aboriginal health. Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, Casuarina, NT, Australia, pp. 165-180.

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The question of where to start addressing social determinants of health in Indigenous settings remains a real issue for practitioners in the field' (Tsey et al. 2003). This paper contributes to the development of a research agenda on the social determinants of health by focusing on interventions that have engaged Aboriginal communities in tackling social inequalities. A review of published literature was conducted in order to explore the limits and potential for community development interventions to contribute to improved Aboriginal health. The objectives of the review were to: identify community development interventions to improve and maintain health and wellbeing in Aboriginal settings that have been documented or evaluated; explore and define the theoretical underpinnings of 'community development' as it is described in the literature; describe identified interventions including how community development principles are conceptualised. challenges faced and lessons learned, particularly those relating to factors critical to their success and sustainability; and identify appropriate methodologies for evaluating community development interventions in Aboriginal settings.

Item ID: 2978
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-7340-3744-2
Keywords: empowerment; interventions; health; community development; indigenous; social determinants
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009 01:40
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 20%
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