Community Health and Wellness: A Socio-ecological Approach

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Mosby Elsevier, 2006 - Medical - 413 pages
This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. This new edition advances the discussion of health as a product of interactions between people and their environments. The social, cultural and political determinants that affect individual and community health are explored from a multidisciplinary perspective that is relevant to students across the health professions. The established format and successful pedagogy of previous editions - including chapter objectives, real-world case studies and critical thinking questions - are retained, and the implications of globalisation continue to be examined against international benchmarks such as the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. The Jakarta Declaration on Health Promotion into the 21st Century, and the Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalised World are also included as contemporary health promotion guidelines for practice. The text moves from a primary focus on risk to enhancing capacity and promoting a widespread 'health literacy'. Family as a central dynamic is emphasised with a greater developmental health focus on critical pathways across the lifespan. Gender and cultural inclusiveness provide an essential backdrop to evidence-based policy and the provision of equitable health care for all.
  • Two-colour layout enhances the overall look and readability
  • Introduction and Objectives at the start of each chapter outline the subject matter and highlight the key points within
  • Figures, flow charts and tables illustrate important concepts throughout
  • New and updated Case Studies reflect on real-world contemporary issues
  • 'Thinking Critically' boxes encourage reflective practice
  • References and Useful Websites for each chapter provide specific, up-to-the-minute source information
  • Enhanced focus on primary health care and the prevention of chronic disease.
  • International benchmarks and updated comparative examples highlight the global health movement.
  • Specific settings - healthy schools, workplaces, and cities now integrated at appropriate intervals throughout.
  • 'Health Literacy' provides a current and cohesive conceptual framework.
  • Increased focus on families explores the work-life balance, building adolescent resilience, and critical pathways through the lifespan.
  • Contemporary topics such as migrant health, domestic violence, mental health and disability are discussed in greater detail.

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Anne McMurray is a registered nurse, a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and Member, Order of Australia (AM). She is Emeritus Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Emeritus Professor, School of Nursing, Murdoch University, Perth and Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of the Sunshine Coast. Anne has practised in a range of nursing and community health settings in Canada and Australia, and is actively involved in research and research supervision, publishing and mentoring. She is an Expert Advisor on Primary Health Care to the International Council of Nurses. Anne was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Queen's Birthday honours list for services to nursing, particularly in the development of nurse education and community health practices, and as a contributor to professional publications.

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