This chapter will provide definitions of health and describe prevailing assumptions about health and illness. It will examine patterns of health and illness in society and the role and skills of social work to contribute in this area of practice. Challenges in and to our work will also be examined. The chapter will then move to a description of the social determinants of health. Social exclusion and its impacts will be explored, as will social disadvantage. Discrepancies in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be particularly highlighted.
|Title of host publication||Social Work Practice in Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||An introduction to contexts, theories and skills|
|Place of Publication||Crows Nest NSW|
|Publisher||Allen & Unwin|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|