The context for community participation in health action in Australia

Catherine Butler, Christopher Rissel, Freidoon Khavarpour

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    Community participation is one of the underlying principles of democratic societies and the potential benefits of the participation process are well documented. Although a number of participatory mechanisms have been established by government departments and community agencies to facilitate community participation in health, few Australians regularly or actively participate. This paper examines the context for participation in health action in Australia including a political culture which serves to discourage participation in health, and many other areas, and barriers to participation associated with the complex structure and financing of the health care system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)253-265
    Number of pages13
    JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999


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