Urban planning that provides green space and cycling and walking infrastructure promotes better health for all.
Planners understand the key elements of urban communities that will improve residents' health and well-being. They also need to be able to convince others to create such communities.
A new study has found that employing lay health workers at clinics can improve the way patients receive treatment.
A younger Dr Trudy Thomas engaging with a community in St Mathews en route to visit a clinic.
The tale of an unsung South African hero in the field of community health.
It’s important to young Australians to be able to walk and feel safe while doing so.
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The benefits of walking are widely promoted, but most Australian communities still aren't walker-friendly. Young people, who rely heavily on walking to get around, are clear about what has to change.
Social connectedness supports our physical and mental health.
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Social connectedness is at least as good for your health as quitting smoking or exercise. So what is it and how can you get some of it?
When someone gives away a casserole, care and concern are among the ingredients.
The appearance a hot dish on your doorstep does more than relieve the burden of meal preparation. It says someone is looking out for you.
The Airds Bradbury residential development has open spaces but these lack the amenities of public parks.
New research shows many good intentions for creating urban environments that promote good health were not carried through. The solutions start with engaging more closely with residents themselves.
Cyclone Oswald caused flooding that forced the evacuation of more than 100 patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane in January 2013.
Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
Community members visit our insectary and diagnostic laboratory to gain a better understanding about Aedes mosquitoes and Wolbachia.
How do we convince people that spreading Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes can eliminate dengue when they have long came to understand that mosquitoes transmit dengue?
Many things go into making a healthy community, so the earlier services and infrastructure become available, the better.
Early residents in new communities are known as 'pioneers' – they arrive before many services are in place. A five-year study points to the many benefits of putting in good services early on.
Where do you live?
Understanding genetics isn't enough to solve our health problems – we need to look at where people live, too.
Community health care workers are beginning to be formally integrated into the health care system.
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Community health workers are finally being formally integrated into the health system – but they need support to make an impact.
Perfect nails, at what cost?
The nail salon industry is booming. But along with polished nails come toxic health effects for the workers, due to the chemical compounds in nail care products.
Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires.
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Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major…
Legal services in partnership with health-care providers can have a significant impact on the health of disadvantaged people.
Medical-legal partnerships have broken down the barriers to accessible legal services for people experiencing health issues in the United States. Such programs demonstrate the health benefits of effective…