"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." Martin Luther King
This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources about health advocacy.
Resources are categorised by type:
Key organisations & websites
Professional development in Health Advocacy
A physician must provide optimum care while respecting patients' rights, choice, dignity, privacy and confidentiality.
Important behaviours include:
- Encouraging patients to seek different views or opinions and to exercise informed choice
- Treating patients courteously and compassionately, engaging them in decision making and respecting their choices
- Exhibiting concern and respect for patients' privacy
- Willingness to spend further time with distressed patients to listen to their concerns
For further information on patterns of behaviour and behaviour markers in the area
of health advocacy please refer to the SPPP Guide.
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1. Key Organisations & Websites
Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this
Australian Health Promotion Association
The Association advocates on a broad range of public policies, particularly in the federal sphere, which impact population health. Their website provides a helpful overview for people interested in the practice, research and study of health promotion.
Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the only independent national peak body advocating for universal and equitable access to high quality healthcare in Australia
Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia
PHAIWA run projects and research to improve public health advocacy practice. Their advocacy toolkits capacity-building program provides tools and resources to improve organisation and individuals’ ability to advocate effectively.
Public Health Association
The Public Health Association of Australia provides forums for the discussion of public health in Australia and a voice that advocates for better public health research, policies, programs and funding.
Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments
Advocacy in challenging environments
Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), shares his experience on advocating health issues in a climate where no one seems to be listening.
Fixing the system: Health Policy
A presentation by Dr Andrew Wilson where he discusses the role of health policy, and some of the gaps and barriers in achieving better outcomes in relation to chronic disease.
Science into Action: A High-Level Forum on Public Health and Advocacy
This forum was organised by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. You can choose to view either the summarised version or the entire plenary session. The page has links to further resources.
Useful for in depth, structured learning
Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice
5. Key Journals
Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on
Australian Health Review
The AHR is the journal of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA). It explores major health issues such as policy and management, healthcare delivery systems, financing and other matters of interest to those working in health care.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
The official journal of the Public Health Association of Australia aims to promote debate and understanding about health policy in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on contemporary critiques and developments.
Health Promotion International
This journal provides an international perspective and has a multidisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from sectors beyond health including media, government, industry and community networks.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia
This journal is valuable for individuals and organisations involved in health promotion research and policy making. The perspectives from academics and practitioners offer a broad knowledge base on contemporary health promotion concerns.
6. Recommended Reading
Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on
Chapman, S. (2015). Reflections on a 38-year career in public health advocacy: 10 pieces of advice to early career researchers and advocates. Public Health Res Pract. 2015;25(2)
Ten lessons public health researchers and advocates who hope to influence policy and practice should consider.
Clavier, C. Leeuw, E, D. (eds) (2013). Health Promotion and the Policy Process. Oxford University Press.
This book discusses how theories can be used to influence, evaluate, orient or implement health promotion interventions and policies.
Roberts, M. Hsiao, W. Berman, P. Reich, M. (2009). Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity. Oxford Scholarship Online.
This book provides a framework for developing and analysing health sector reforms. It offers practical guidance and explains what influences policy and reform.
Health Advocacy Framework: Strengthening health advocacy in Queensland
Information and advice from a consumer perspective put together by Health Consumer Queensland to support and promote consumer engagement, capacity building and health advocacy.
National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011–2015
This Framework put together by Health Workforce Australia is a national call to action for workforce reform that will involve and link the health and education sectors.
Social Determinants of Health – What Doctors Can Do
This report written by the British Medical Association addresses the role of the health workforce in reducing health inequalities by positively affecting the social determinants of health on a local, regional, national and international level.
What Happens When Doctors Are Actors for Social Change
An interview with Sir Michael Marmot exploring social health determinants including the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change.
Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals
This report demonstrates that the healthcare system and those working within it have an important and often under-utilised role in reducing health inequalities. It draws on examples of excellent practice which demonstrate what can be done and how.
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