Broader context of health

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"While the health system has a vitally important role, broader actions to reduce social risk through improving wealth, education, employment and housing also have a major influence on the status of a society's health and wellbeing." Australian National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, 2009

This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on the broader context of health.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional development in the broader context of health

The context of people’s lives has a significant impact on their health. Effective care therefore relies on an understanding of how people grow, work, live and age as well as the impact of broader political, social and economic systems.

Important behaviours include:

  • Effecting improvement in the health of the community and determinants of health, both locally and broadly across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Using clinical and patient encounters to promote healthy lifestyles, quality of life, illness prevention and screening.
  • Demonstrating an awareness of the costs and benefits of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and using this to inform decision making.
  • For further information on patterns of behaviour and behaviour markers in the area of health advocacy please refer to the SPPP Guide.

Short on time? Try this:

  • Read an article on clinician-driven strategies for maximising value of healthcare
  • Watch a talk on the social determinants of health
  • Do a short primer on health equity

1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Action:SDH
    This website was set up by the WHO for those who want to get actively involved in the social determinants of health. It includes tools, short courses and an extensive library of evidence and policy documents.

  • Australian Health Promotion Association
    AHPA is a professional association for people interested in the practice, research and study of health promotion. This is the process of enabling people take control of the determinants of their health.

  • NPS MedicineWise: For Health Professionals
    NPS MedicineWise aims to improve how technologies, medicines and tests are prescribed and used. The health professionals section includes evidence, CPD activities, tools and patient resources.

  • RACP: EVOLVE
    In partnership with Specialty Societies, the EVOLVE initiative encourages specialists to consider medical tests, procedures and interventions that may be overused or ineffective in particular contexts. It aims to create a list of the top 5 ‘low value' practices in each of the RACP's specialties.

  • WHO: Social determinants of health
    The WHO gives a helpful overview of what the determinants are and why they are important. The site also includes detailed research, links to international programs, training tools, policy documents and media.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these ​ courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • AMA: Community Health Leadership
    The AMA has compiled a list of tools and information to help physicians create healthier lifestyles and healthier communities, particularly relating to obesity.

  • The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP)
    The HEPP, developed by the Prevention Institute in the US, is a web-based training series for practitioners interested in policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement to achieve health equity.

  • NPS MedicineWise: Decision tools and resources
    NPS MedicineWise has developed a wide range of tools for clinicians and patients to promote safe, evidence based management and prescription.

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • BMJ Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
    This is the official journal of the Society for Social Medicine. It publishes research and reviews on applied, methodological and theoretical issues with a multidisciplinary emphasis.

  • International Journal for Equity in Health
    This journal aims to improve the understanding of issues that influence the health of populations, including political, policy, economic, social and health service related influences.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

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