Health promotion aims to improve the health of whole populations. Before the 1970s, there was a three-pronged approach to addressing health and illness: providing communities with basic public health facilities (such as clean water and sewerage); providing hospital based services; and providing health education. The philosophy of health promotion has developed since the 1970s and now reflects a social model of health, or what has commonly come to be known as the new public health approach. This approach was intended to change the health agenda towards community participation and empowerment, and wider social and environmental change. In Australia and elsewhere, though, health promotion in practice has essentially remained committed to old-style health education, despite much rhetoric to the contrary. This chapter provides a critique of this approach and offers some examples and suggestions for the future.
|Title of host publication||Second opinion|
|Subtitle of host publication||An introduction to health sociology|
|Place of Publication||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|