The challenge of inter-disciplinary collaboration in addressing the social determinants

Whiteside, Mary (2004) The challenge of inter-disciplinary collaboration in addressing the social determinants. Australian Social Work, 57 (4). pp. 381-393.

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The importance of professional disciplines working together to address the critical social and health issues facing society today cannot be overstated. Policy makers, service providers and researchers have long been calling for greater interdisciplinary collaboration. Despite this there has been little systemic analysis of the constraints involved in such collaboration. Far too often disciplines continue to work in silos.

This paper aims to analyse the barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration through a case study of the relationship between social work and public health. These two disciplines have a lot more in common than might first appear. There is real potential for social work and public health to work together and enhance each other’s efforts to address their common goal of greater social equality. However this will require a genuine commitment from both disciplines to develop a shared political analysis, common language and a framework for action, which utilises their respective strengths.

Item ID: 968
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: Interdisciplinary collaboration, Social determinants of health, Social work Interdisciplinary collaboration, social determinants of health, social work
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Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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