Journal article

Responding to rural health needs through community participation: addressing the concerns of children and young adults

Vivienne Jeffery, Kaye Ervin

Australian Journal of Primary Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2011


A small rural health service undertook a major needs analysis in 2008 to identify gaps in service delivery and duplication of services. This exercise was intended to inform strategic direction but the result was consumer and community consultation and outcomes that far exceeded everyone's expectations. Organisations often pay lip service to the concept of community participation and consultation and the importance of consumer involvement. Turning this rhetoric into action is challenging and requires dedicated staff, organisational support and momentum for it to occur. The project described resulted in targeted, purposeful action regarding community engagement, and the findings and outcomes a..

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