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Economies through Application of Nonmedical Primary-Preventative Health: Lessons from the Healthy Country Healthy People Experience of Australia’s Aboriginal People

By David Campbell


This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.Abstract: TheWorld Health Organization reports noncommunicable disease as a global pandemic.\ud While national and international health research/policy bodies, such as the World Health\ud Organization and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, emphasize the importance of\ud preventative health, there is a continuing distortion in the allocation of resources to curative health\ud as a result of government failure. Government failure is, in part, the result of a political response to\ud individual preference for certainty in receiving treatment for specific health conditions, rather than\ud the uncertainty of population-based preventative intervention. This has led to a failure to engage\ud with those primary causative factors affecting chronic disease, namely the psychosocial stressors, in\ud which the socioeconomic determinants are an important component. Such causal factors are open to\ud manipulation through government policies and joint government-government, government-private\ud cooperation through application of nonmedical primary-preventative health policies. The health\ud benefits of Aboriginal people in traditional land management, or caring-for-country, in remote to\ud very remote Australia, is used to exemplify the social benefits of nonmedical primary-preventative\ud health intervention. Such practices form part of the “healthy country, health people” concept\ud that is traditionally relied upon by Indigenous peoples. Possible health and wider private good\ud and public good social benefits are shown to occur across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions\ud with the possibility of substantial economies. General principles in the application of nonmedical\ud primary-preventative health activities are developed through consideration of the experience of\ud Afboriginal people participation in traditional caring-for-country

Topics: chronic disease pandemic; Indigenous; social benefit; psychosocial stressors; environmental benefit; noncommunicable disease
Publisher: MDPI
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.3390/ijerph13040400
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.flinders.edu.au:2328/36138
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