Journal article

Investigating 'community' through a history of responses to asbestos-related disease in an Australian industrial region

Cecily Hunter, Anthony D LaMontagne

SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

The government of the State of Victoria has been slow to acknowledge the social costs of asbestos-related diseases (ARD) in the Latrobe Valley. Despite the emphasis on 'community' in the discipline of public health and in public health services since the 1970s, ARD was only recognised as a community-wide health problem because of the advocacy of people directly affected by it. An historical view of responses to ARD in a community established as an appendage to the publicly owned power industry and infused with an ethic of public service, shows that contests over the definition of 'community' lay at the heart of these responses. It also shows that such disputes did not arise only from the rel..

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