Networked resilience in rural Australia - a role for health promotion in regional responses to climate change

Eric van Beurden, Annie Kia, Denise Hughes, Jeffrey Fuller, Uta Dietrich, Kirsty Howton, Suman Kavooru

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    Abstract

    This paper provides a model for how health promotion teams might establish and support regional collaborations of organisations in a broad response to climate change that enables emergence of multiple strategies tailored to regional needs. Complex Adaptive Systems Theory (CAS) and Organisational Learning informed action to foster a Climate Change Collaboration that engaged in strategies to improve transport options, food security and energy sustainability. Social Network Analysis was used to evaluate the degree to which member organisations became networked, the evolution of key network qualities and the way the organisations were affiliated via their participation in emergent strategies. Between 2005 and 2009 a highly connected network of organisations emerged and rapidly evolved to collaborate for action on climate change. There were significant improvements in network density, centralisation, clustering and reciprocity. Member organisations collaborated on a broad range of strategies. Reducing regional impact of climate change is complex. It requires long-term collaboration between organisations that may not usually work together. Sustain Northern Rivers provides a successful model for achieving such collaboration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S54-S60
    Number of pages7
    JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
    Volume22 Spec No
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    van Beurden, E., Kia, A., Hughes, D., Fuller, J., Dietrich, U., Howton, K., & Kavooru, S. (2011). Networked resilience in rural Australia - a role for health promotion in regional responses to climate change. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22 Spec No, S54-S60.