Population health issues in Australia

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Abstract

Overview This chapter examines population health approaches to understanding health. The health status of communities and populations is an important foundation of community-based and population health interventions. Of course, patterns of health status are dynamic, so it is just as important that nurses understand where to find relevant health information as it is to know about current health issues. Explanatory frameworks about individual and population-level approaches are put forward to illustrate different levels of interventions which can assist people to improve their health. Contemporary policy and programs which draw on the determinants of health (discussed in Chapter 2), and which are focused on strengthening or building communities and neighbourhoods, are discussed. Objectives When you have read this chapter, you should be able to: understand health status from population health approaches, and identify the major population health issues in Australia; know where to access health status data, and identify the various types of data that are available in Australia; understand the difference between individual-level intervention strategies and population-level approaches to interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Nursing Practice
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, skills and issues
EditorsWinsome St John, Helen Keleher
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter3
Pages39-58
Number of pages20
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781000249088, 9781003115229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Burden of disease
  • Health status
  • Individual-level interventions
  • Population health
  • Population-level interventions

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