Health system reform for inclusive practice

Hitchins, Marnie (2015) Health system reform for inclusive practice. In: Davis , Jenny, Birks, Melanie, and Chapman, Ysanne B., (eds.) Inclusive Practice For Health Professionals. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 68-83.

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Social inclusion has not always been a high priority for communities and governments in Australia. The White Australia approach to immigration, for example, in which non-Europeans were discouraged or outright rejected, was formally abolished only in the 1960s. Similarly, in healthcare settings, people with a mental illness were segregated from wider society and locked in asylums until practices were changed gradually from the early 1950s, a process that gained ground quickly in the 1970s when human and civil rights movements were strong (Hickie et al., 2014). Social inclusion, therefore, must be classed as a relatively recent policy direction in Australia's history. This chapter looks at the way this change in ideology - towards principles of inclusion - has been translated into policy, practice and legislation in Australia's healthcare environments.

Item ID: 41079
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-19-559395-2
Keywords: anti-discrimination legislation, 'bottom-up' reform, community empowerment, equal opportunity, health equity, health system reform, social capital, 'top-down' reform
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 00:46
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 100%
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