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From Local to Global Health Connections

Health and wellbeing development trends go beyond individual factors, by connecting community trends to broader Australian and international social issues. This includes the services and facilities that people have access to, their experiences of social connectedness (which can impact knowledge and access to local services) and broader socio-economic patterns. Shifts in the labour market, changes to the national budget and other factors impact on local dynamics and the ability for ordinary community members and their families to maximise their health. Local health and wellbeing plans are connected to other policies and strategies by local councils; state and federal government legislation; regional priorities; national social policies; and international guidelines.

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Work Life Balance and Public Health

I recently wrote about how social science supports local governments to improve public health, through research and community consultation. Social scientists work to address policy gaps, we use science theories and methods to better target community services, and we ensure that health programs are socially inclusive. Here, I want to address how this public health model is relevant to workplace health. I’ll start by briefly showing why and how public health is important.

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