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Our health in our hands: Building effective community partnerships for rural health service provision


Johns, SM and Kilpatrick, SI and Whelan, JJ, Our health in our hands: Building effective community partnerships for rural health service provision, Rural Society, 17, (1) pp. 50-65. ISSN 1037-1656 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5172/rsj.351.17.1.50


This paper reports findings from a study in two small Tasmanian rural communities that examined the process of developing and sustaining partnerships between health services and their communities. It identifies a generic framework for partnership development that appears to be common to partnerships, regardless of their purpose or of partners involved. The framework comprises ten predictors or indicators of effectiveness, and a sequential nine-stage partnership development process. Integral to the framework are social capital, and the leadership practices of health service and community leaders. The influence of context on the partnership development process is also examined, with reference to historical precedent, age or maturity of the partnership, and community readiness. © 2007 eContent Management Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Johns, SM (Dr Susan Johns)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, SI (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Whelan, JJ (Dr Jessica Woodroffe)
ID Code:49985
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-08-25

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