Historical overview of church involvement in health and wellbeing in Australia: Implications for health promotion partnerships

Darshini Ayton, Gemma Carey, Helen Keleher, Ben Smith

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    Abstract

    Health promotion practice requires partnerships with different sectors of society and at all levels of government to achieve health equity as the prerequisites for health include domains that exist outside of the health sphere. Therefore existing partnerships for health need to be strengthened and the potential for new partnerships must be considered in order to address health holistically. The literature base exploring the church as a partner and setting for health promotion is predominantly from the US and therefore there is a need for research exploring the opportunities and challenges of partnering with churches in the Australian context. This paper presents an historical overview of the involvement of churches and church affiliated organisations in health and welfare in Australia recognising that while some of the values, practices and beliefs of churches may have considerable synergies with health promotion, others may be sources of contention or difference.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4-10
    JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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