Common Ground & Common Sense: Community-based Environmental Health Planning – An Action Handbook

Nicholson, Rosemary, Stephenson, Peter, Brown, Valerie and Mitchell, Kathy (2002) Common Ground & Common Sense: Community-based Environmental Health Planning – An Action Handbook. Manual. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

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The Handbook has been put together by experienced practitioners drawn from each of those four groups. The team put the Handbook together on the basis that:
• the primary impact and management of any environmental health issue is at the community scale;
• community-based environmental health requires collaboration between health professions, community groups, and environmental managers; and
• collaboration does not just happen - it is built on the careful development of good-will, fair and equitable processes, and open communication structures.
Priorities for the design and contents of the Handbook were drawn from:
• Principles of the National Environmental Health Strategy;
• Strategies of National Environmental Health Strategy Implementation Plan;
• enHealth Council's study of community perceptions of environmental health risk;
• Guidelines for community-based environmental health action established through nation-wide consultation, available as a companion to this handbook: Grass Roots and Common Ground; and
• A survey of the practical needs of environmental health practitioners (Cruickshank 2001), see Appendix page 145.
The avenues for action supported by the Handbook can be summed up as:
• Linking the community commitment of voluntary programs to the legislative power of government;
• Bridging the divide between health and environment currently found in professional and government services and community expectations; and
• Bringing together the wide range of activities and resources for environmental health from community, expert and government practice.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Field of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 12:40
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:03

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