Impact of a five-day short course on integration of health promotion into practice in north Queensland

Devine, Susan G., Llewellyn-Jones, Lorraine, and Lloyd, Jacqui (2009) Impact of a five-day short course on integration of health promotion into practice in north Queensland. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 20 (1). pp. 69-71.

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Issues addressed: Workforce development is one element of health promotion capacity building. This paper describes the extent to which participants in a five-day short course in health promotion, delivered three times in north Queensland during 2007, reported greater adoption of health promotion within their work roles, and the factors that affected the level of adoption.

Methods: Out of 54 course attendees, 39 completed a post-course survey five to nine months after completing the course (72% response rate). Additionally, 11 course attendees participated in a focus group or phone interview to explore survey findings.

Results: The courses succeeded in providing knowledge, skills, confidence and enthusiasm to undertake health promotion work. Eighty per cent of participants stated they had incorporated health promotion into their work frequently or all of the time since undertaking the course. Lack of understanding of health promotion from co-workers and managers, lack of organisational support and commitment, lack of resources, competing clinical priorities, and lack of time were cited as the main barriers for undertaking health promotion.

Conclusions: The course met participant training needs. However, similar training across all levels of staff including management may help to develop organisational capacity, thereby building a more knowledgeable workforce that is supported to undertake health promotion as a core part of an organisation's business.

Item ID: 5335
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1036-1073
Keywords: health promotion, workforce development, capacity building, barriers, short courses, practice integration
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009 06:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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