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‘It’s not therapy, it’s gardening’: community gardens as sites of comprehensive primary healthcare


Marsh, P and Brennan, S and Vandenberg, MD, It's not therapy, it's gardening': community gardens as sites of comprehensive primary healthcare, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 24, (4) pp. 337-342. ISSN 1448-7527 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/PY17149


Using a participatory research framework, researchers at the Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, explored the potential of Community Gardens to function as comprehensive primary healthcare (CPHC) environments. Community gardeners, coordinators, volunteers and Neighbourhood House coordinators discussed their understandings of the health benefits of community gardens, how they contribute to broad CPHC aims and the barriers and enablers to greater CPHC contributions in the future. This research identifies therapeutic features of Community Gardens and explores the correlations between these and CPHC. It is concluded that there are strong synergies between the aims and activities of Community Gardens and CPHC. To augment the therapeutic capacity of these sites requires adequate resourcing and skill development, suitable design, funding and policy support, along with innovative partnerships with health professionals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community gardens, therapeutic horticulture, comprehensive primary health, social support, mental health
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
UTAS Author:Brennan, S (Miss Sebrina Brennan)
UTAS Author:Vandenberg, MD (Ms Miriam Vandenberg)
ID Code:126204
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-05-29
Last Modified:2019-01-16
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